THE TIP-OFF: EASY LAST-MINUTE LOOKS
How to be party-ready in a pinch.
It’s the most scatterbrained time of the year: you’re prepping for visitors and vacations, cooking elaborate feasts, getting gifts together, dealing with crazy relatives. So, it’s perfectly forgivable to have a social calendar that’s spinning out of control with festive fetes. Here’s how to look like you’ve totally been planning your office party look for weeks and didn’t just remember it was tonight when you got to work…. HOLLY SIEGEL
THE NEIGHBORHOOD BAKE-OFF
You’ve spent all your time on the perfect Snickerdoodles at the expense of the perfect maquillage. Don’t fret: a swipe of red lipstick will make you look perky and ready to celebrate. Pick a long-wearing one that will last through you sampling all the goods. Pull your hair, which may or may not have some flour in it (for volume!), into a high topknot, smoothing it with a brush that’s been lightly coated with hairspray. Voila! Baker chic.
THE BEST FRIEND’S BASH
You promised you’d be there with bells on so many times you plain forgot to write down the date of your best friend’s annual shindig. Twist your lifeless locks into a braid—our tutorial on Pinterest will certainly be of help HERE ▸. Then, swipe on a glittering gloss, a bit of cheek stain, and go make merry.
THE MISTLETOE MIXER
How could you forget an opportunity to smooch strangers? It happens. Whether you pull it back or let it loose, keep your hair simple. Soften and hydrate lips with a tinted balm, and create an easy smoky eye by lining with a jumbo pencil and diffusing the color with a finger.
THE OFFICE PARTY
You show up at the office in your regular nine-to-five look, only to find that everyone looks like they’ve just stepped out of a holiday campaign. Go for a high pony, a fun twist on the working-girl look. Scour the office for any type of ribbon and use it to secure. If your desk drawer isn’t full of makeup (for future reference, your 100 and 500 point Beauty Insider items would fit perfectly), head to the closest Sephora on your lunch break and get a 15-minute Express Service. Faux lashes, here you come.
SHOP HOLIDAY AT SEPHORA ▸