The end of the year is chock full of fun parties that bring you together with the people you know and love. And is it just us, or is the process of choosing a holiday party look a major part of the fun? We love looking for something new to wear and showing off our style with fun new looks during the holiday season.
We’ve put together 3 looks that you can wear to all your holiday parties, as well as the tips and tricks for making these looks work for your occasion.
The Look: Understated Glam
The office party is your chance to socialize with your coworkers and enjoy the fruits of a year’s hard work. When choosing your look, go for something glamorous but understated. You can never go wrong with a beautiful dress, but it is also fun to experiment with different silhouettes. Play with textures to give subtle change to your regular office look—velvet is oh so hot right now or you can mix leather and lace for a classic juxtaposition. This is the perfect place to wear jewel tones, as ruby, emerald, amethyst, and sapphire look beautiful with all the holiday decorations.
For a formal office party, it is worth it to splurge on a professional updo or blowout to ensure that your locks are on point. Get the season’s must-have waves, go for a retro updo, or try out some of the braided looks that have been gracing runways. Choose a professional hair stylist with an impressive portfolio demonstrating that he or she can bring your vision to life.
Finish things off with makeup that you couldn’t normally wear to the office. Glossy eyelids—one of the hottest looks for the holiday season—is simple to do and has a big impact. Start with this year’s updated smoky eye in shades of taupe and brown, then swipe clear gloss over the top and blend. The finished product looks rich and stunning, the perfect match for your luxe outfit!
The Look: Cozy Chic
The first step to feeling your best at a family gathering is to indulge in something relaxing before the party. Book a massage or a mani/pedi to destress before seeing your family, especially if you are the host. There is a lot to do leading up to a family party, so taking the time to unwind is essential to feeling great.
As for the look, a family party is the perfect place for your coziest sweater and favorite ankle boots. This low key atmosphere full of family and food allows you to enjoy everyone’s company. Keep your hair shiny and chic with the “middle wave,” a curling technique that keeps roots and ends straight while adding gentle curls in the middle of your strands for an effortless look.
Winter runways featured peach makeup—on the eyes, lips, and cheeks—to create a fresh faced look that is perfect for a laid back gathering. To master the look, choose one area for a pop of peach and keep the rest of your makeup subtle. A sweep of eyeliner and a few coats of mascara are all you need for a flawless face. Oh, and don’t forget the highlighter!
New Year’s Eve
The Look: Girl Power Throwback
New Year’s Eve is one of the most glam party nights of the year. This year, instead of reaching for the sequins of years past, choose something fresh but still glamorous and sexy. The 90s looks that have inspired us all year are following us into 2018, so a throwback look with modern touches will be perfectly on trend.
Smudged eyeliner pairs perfectly with nude lipstick—go for brown with a hint of mauve or plum to add modern flair to this 90s staple—and tousled waves. The best part of this sort of messy look is that it looks just as good at the end of the night as it did at the beginning.
If you really want to channel your inner girl power icon—think Salt N Pepa, the Spice Girls, or Buffy the Vampire Slayer—focus on the details to make this look pop. A delicate choker, a jet black manicure, and hoop earrings are the perfect accessories to bring your spaghetti strap dress to the present.
Whether you are looking for inspiration for a party look or an everyday style, the pros at Marilyn Monroe Spas know all the trends and techniques to keep you looking and feeling your best. Check out our blog and join our mailing list to get the most up to date info on our spa and what’s trending in the beauty world.