Dear Scott: Can you give me some hair and makeup ideas for the holidays? I am asked to a lot of parties at the last minute and never know what to do with myself other than wear an ugly Christmas sweater.
Scott says: For quickie updos at the last minute any time of year, the pony tail is still the quick fix. Don’t just stick it in the middle of the back of your head like you are going jogging, though.
If your hair is fresh and clean, use a large-barrel curling horizontally to create loopy curls. Pull them loosely back into a pony tail to achieve a soft, wavy look. Twist the pony into a soft, loose chignon and pin the ends.
For not-so-clean hair, add a little gel to confuse the eye. Take the pony to the side and twist the tail until it turns into a knot, then pin the ends tight. You can use this quickie side style with the wavy, clean hair, too, for a fashionable, finished look. Pin the pony loosely instead of knotting the hair.
All that glitters is not gold. Try using a little silver sparkle to create a holiday illusion. Add a touch of silver glitter to the chignon only. Don’t dump it all over your hairdo. A little glitter goes a long way.
Erase the stress with an application of concealer under the eyes. To avoid cakey results, try a foam-tip applicator to achieve an airbrushed effect. Add some silver glitter under the eye for ultimate results.
Silver glitter eye shadow and eye liner are always a great way to look festive. Line the upper lid with a dark color in the cat-eye trend, then follow over the top with the glitter liner. Don’t use the glitter shadow if you are using glitter under the eye.
False eyelashes are trendy again. Keep a pair on hand for instant evening eye enhancement.
Jeweled lashes are a holiday plus. Remember to keep your sparkles to a minimum. If using the jeweled lashes, skip the glitter on the eyes and add it to the hair instead.
Glossy lips in plum or pink are the trend for the season under the mistletoe. Use a shiny lipstick first. Then apply a clear gloss over the top to make your lips pop.
Glitter nail polish is a nice addition if you have the time. Use a topcoat of clear glitter over your existing polish. Add a few jeweled rhinestones in a random fashion for a starry-night effect.