When you're getting ready for a Christmas party, there's no easier way to make your hair look a little more special than using an eye-catching hair accessory. There's no skill involved, and the results are instant. Whether you choose a headband, a sparkly barrette, or even a piece of jewelry repurposed for your hair (necklaces, brooches, and earrings all work brilliantly) you can instantly amp up the sparkle with very little effort. To inspire your festive look, we're bringing you some of our favorite celebrity hair moments, featuring everything from slim black headbands to big, bold blooms.
So your hair is perfectly coiffed, and your makeup looks amazing. You're all set for your holiday party . . . until you get into the bathroom and realize that cheap merlot you've been sipping has turned your lips and teeth an unsightly shade of aubergine. What do you do? Lucky for you, parties are not only a great place to mix and mingle. They're also stocked with fixes for these party mishaps:
- Wine lips: If you've don't have a matching purple lipstick (hey, it could happen), don't panic. Grab a lime and a dash of salt from the minibar. Instead of chasing a tequila shot with it, sprinkle the salt on the lime and gently buff your lips and teeth. The acidity of the lime and the salt work together to create a makeshift exfoliant. Just don't make a habit of this — the acid from the lime can be harmful to your teeth.
- Frizzy hair: Get caught in the rain on your way to your soiree? You're covered. Reach for some hand moisturizer and rub a tiny dollop into your hands. Lightly run your fingers through your hair, taking care not to focus on one area for too long (especially your roots). The moisturizer will flatten frizz, leaving you with silky strands all evening.
- Lipstick teeth: Oh, the dreaded lipstick teeth. Whether it's you or your Aunt Mildred, there's always someone affected by this common mishap. If your lipstick just doesn't want to stay put, use your lip balm as a barrier. Swipe some on your fingers and apply it to the innermost part of your lips. This will keep your pigment from transferring to your pearly whites.
- Bad breath: Bite into that crostini only to get the overwhelming taste of garlic? You don't have to suffer all night. Just scoot back over to the minibar and grab some citrus. Sucking on a lemon for a few minutes helps promote saliva production, which aids in combating bad breath.
Living the urban lifestyle makes having a real Christmas tree for the holidays a little difficult. Sure it's possible, but fake trees are amazing. The only thing my imitation fir is lacking is that unmistakable Christmas tree smell. There are plenty of warm, festive candles out there, but the Thymes Frasier Fir Holiday Wood Wick Candle ($40) is everything. Not only does it have a spot-on fir-tree aroma, the wooden wick adds that cozy crackling sound of a fireplace. So, I plug in my plastic tree and light up my holiday candle to set the perfect festive mood.
From makeup brushes to cosmetics cases and perfume sets, fashion designers are putting their coveted names on all things beauty this holiday season. Whether she's a label snob or just into the finer things in life, she'll be happy to unwrap one of these designer gifts.
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Sometimes, you want to feel festive, but the whole green/red/blue issue can be too literal. No offense to snowflakes, snowmen, or the like, but this manicure gets you into the spirit of the holidays and translates perfectly into the New Year without a flaw. And if you like mattes and metallics, well, by golly, you're in luck! Plus, learn how to pull off the ever-impressive eclipse nail art technique.
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White Elephant gift exchanges are a great excuse to get kooky and find those random, bizarre, hilarious gifts and bring them to the table (or office party). Whether you're just trying to understand your mother — there's a breath spray for that — or want to upgrade your selfie game, these gifts have you covered.
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Party hopping? No matter how amazing you look when you walk out the door (and you definitely do!), sometimes things happen. But keeping a mini emergency kit can help you avoid serious mishaps. Grab a cute pouch, and stuff it with some of these must-have items:
- Mini deodorant: Getting asked if you're dating anyone over and over again at dinner can really make you sweat, so keep a deodorant on hand for when you need a little extra protection.
- Pain reliever: That red wine that you're swilling in order to get through dinner can make your head spin, but an emergency stash of aspirin can help you get back on your feet.
- Hand lotion: Cracked, dry hands are the worst party accessory. Keeping some lotion in your emergency kit will make sure your fingers stay smooth.
- Travel perfume: Sephora gives out free samples of all its fragrances. Just ask a sales associate for a sample, and you can stash one in your bag for when you need a little lift.
- Travel toothbrush and toothpaste: With all the eating that goes down on the holidays, keeping a toothbrush and toothpaste in your emergency kit is a necessity.
- Makeup stain: A stain like Stila Lip and Cheek Stain ($24) can be used in a bunch of ways, making it the perfect makeup-in-a-pinch product.
- Detergent pen: Spill something on your party dress? Kiss that stain goodbye with that handy detergent pen you have hiding in your purse.
A simple way to deck out your nails for the holidays is with a quintessential Christmas element: candy canes! You don't need a steady hand to pull off this striped look. All you need are red and white nail polishes and a roll of tape. Just keep reading for a step-by-step tutorial.
The perfect holiday hair accessory might be lurking in your jewelry box. Allure has gathered some expert tips for creating the perfect hairpiece out of the baubles you already own.
December tends to be an expensive month. Instead of buying a new hair accessory for your party circuit, take a tip from celebrity hairstylist Mara Roszak and dig around in your jewelry drawer. "I bring a slew of hair accessories when doing red carpet, but often times we end up using a brooch or a vintage earring that the stylist brought," she says. "You just need to have the right pins, and you can make anything work." Below, two of Roszak's favorite pieces to repurpose, plus one of my own.
A brooch. "These are the easiest to put in your hair," says Roszak, who used one in Nicole Kidman's updo at the Oscars last year. "There's usually a clasp at the back. You just weave it through the hair like you would a pin, and then secure it with a pin or two to make sure it won't slip out."
An earring. It's best to use dangly or clip-on earrings rather than studs. Clip-ons work just like a bobby pin or barrette, while dangly earrings with hooks need a bit of tweaking. "At the 2012 Golden Globes, Emma Stone's stylist brought these beautiful earrings and asked if I could pin them in her hair," remembers Roszak. "I removed the hook so that I could slip a pin through the top of the earring and tucked them into her low chignon."
A necklace. I love the look of a multi-strand necklace hanging from the back of a half-up hairstyle — it's a little bit Game of Thrones, but also really gorgeous if you pick a delicate-looking piece. Open the necklace and secure the ends over each ear, crisscrossing your pins so they hold better. If the necklace is on the heavier side, use a few pins at the middle of the back of your head so it doesn't drag all your hair down.
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