9 Easy Beauty Moves to Try Before Your Next Holiday Party
We don't have to tell you, but it's been a looong year. The good news? All that stands between you and a clean slate are a couple short months — and a handful of holiday parties. Here, the quick beauty fixes below will have you sailing through the season.
When dark circles are at their worst, up your concealer game with this technique from makeup artist Erin Parsons: Apply a warm tone and let it sit for a minute before layering on a brighter shade. Buff with a fluffy brush to set.
Brighten eyes with a touch of highlighter at the inner corners. Dab some more on the outer corners and it’ll give “a nice lift to the face,” says makeup pro Hector Espinal, who works with Rihanna.
“Sugar is like a drug,” says dermatologist and internist David Colbert. “It can slow down your motor if you eat too much of it, especially high-fructose corn syrup.” So satisfy a sweet tooth with some fresh fruit instead of fudge.
Boost Your Lashes
Curling and adding length with a few falsies can immediately perk up tired eyes. Makeup artist Jenn Streicher, who offers a keratin lash-lift service at Striiike, the Streicher sisters’ L.A. beauty studio, recommends also using a lash-conditioning serum.
Just Add a Bow
Look festive in a flash with a well-placed ribbon, says hair pro Ashley Streicher, who favors those from Jennifer Behr. Fasten an elegant velvet barrette to a loose bun, or wrap a low ponytail with black satin string.
Have a Drink
Supermodel Elle Macpherson stays strong when she’s overscheduled by eating plant-based foods like protein-packed nuts. “They give me lots of energy,” she says. If you need an added pick-me-up, pour yourself a tall glass of water and mix in one of her brand’s new powder supplements filled with herbs and adaptogens.
Grooming your brows into a rounded shape can actually accentuate undereye bags and circles, says L.A. brow expert Kristie Streicher. With a pencil, fill in the tails and coax them slightly upward and outward; the angle makes you look more wide-eyed.
Cassandra Grey, founder of the luxe L.A. beauty boutique Violet Grey, says the “instantly gratifying” Hanacure tightening mask is one of the store’s top sellers. “Your wrinkles look diminished, and it kind of lifts up your face,” she says.
Flash a Smile
Dark, dramatic eyeliner is the enemy of tired, puffy eyes. Instead, reach for a cherry red or rose lipstick. “It’s a good way to distract [from fatigue] and draw the focus to your lips,” says makeup artist Carola Gonzalez, who works with Kerry Washington.