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Beauty Buzz
Take your holiday hair and makeup to the next level

By JORDAN DECHAMBRE

November 2013

This month's inspiration

Coco Chanel loved her cuffs. In this iconic photograph, the style setter rocked one of todayís hottest trends ó bracelet stacking. Itís the ultimate in timeless cuff love.

Holiday party season is here ó and with it an influx of invitations to family, friend and work soirees. Sick of the basic bun or nude lip? This season, take a nod from the runways and integrate some of the hottest beauty trends of the season into your party look.

High Brow

This season ó and especially for holiday parties ó the beauty buzz is go big or go home. For makeup, start out by trying a bold brow. Often, brows are an afterthought in our beauty routines, as the eye focus tends to fall to eye shadow and mascara. But eyebrows can make or break your look. To achieve your maximum brow, start with a shaping and tweeze from a local pro. Brow experts are trained to know the best shape for your face ó heed their advice, then invest in the tools to keep your look fresh. A good tweezers, shading pencil or kit and trim scissors should all be part of your brow arsenal. For a modern look, keep your brows naturally full, and use a pencil a shade slightly darker than your brows to add glamour.

Winter accessories donít have to be dowdy. Think chic and practical with cozy gloves that feature a "touch" finger for easy cold-weather texting.

Rise & Shine

Updos have taken a backseat to sleek, flowing locks the past few seasons. While sleek hair continues to shine on, pulling hair up and back is making a comeback. The most popular style? Retro re-dos. Itís all about the teased crown, a la Brigitte Bardot. Looking for a little less va-va-voom? Try a low ponytail for insta-classic chic, or trendy fishtail braid. If youíre anti-updo ó or just love showing off your long locks ó modernize your party style with a deep side part or gentle waves.

The Eyes Have It

Colorful eyes are a fabulous holiday party "extra," and this season itís all about shimmery purple shadow. The hue is universally flattering and adds just the right amount of sparkle to a little black dress ensemble. Looking for more drama? Try a deep smoky eye for the ultimate in smoldering sex appeal. Finish the look with statement lashes ó real or faux ó for extra oomph.

Your phone is your go-to accessory. Keep it classy with a stylish case, such as this tortoise shell design from Michael Kors.

Funk it Up

Let your inner rocker shine through ó the hottest fashion trend of the season is leather, after all ó and embrace two tough-chic hair trends: fringe bangs and ombre. Ombre debuted a few seasons ago, but is still holding its own in the realm of most-requested color techniques. Even spin off names (blondbre, anyone?) are making their way into the beauty dictionary. Fringe bangs add a touch of devil-may-care edginess to almost any cut or updo, and can often be maintained on your own with a good scissors.

Still mystified by the 25 ways to wrap a scarf? Skip the YouTube tutorial, and grab an infinity scarf for an easy fall/winter jacket topper. No wrapping required.

Our Lips are (Un)sealed

You can never go wrong with a classic red lip, and this season is no exception. Whether a rich, true red or an orange-hued stunner, red lips are a holiday party mainstay Ö and for good reason. Want to switch it up? Hide your Cabernet-stained lips with a deep berry hue. The look is modern and utterly femme fatale. No matter what color you choose, be sure to prep your lips by exfoliating and finish with a dash of setting powder.

Getting Cheeky

Donít let the chilly temps mask your glow ó this winter, keep your cheeks rosy pink to compete your party look. (P.S. Donít forget the bronzer.) To put your best foot forward, stop by a local beauty boutique or makeup counter to get the skinny on the best tips and tricks for contouring your face. Any woman who has had a pro perfectly define her features with blush and bronzer will attest it is an essential technique to master to get the most out of your makeup.

 


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