‘Tis the season for parties, potlucks and so much more! The holidays are officially here and if you’re anything like us, your calendar is packed with activities, from hosting the family for dinner to meeting up with friends for a gift exchange happy hour. If you’re feeling the spirit and want your hair and makeup to reflect that, these simple styling tips will help you take your look to the next level for caroling, present wrapping, and everything in between.
Turn up the volume.
It’s OK to go big — in fact, it’s encouraged come holiday time. When you’re thinking of holiday hair and makeup styles, consider your go-to date night or party look and take it up a notch or two. If you usually do a subtle eye, why not go smoky instead? If you wear your hair down, try an upstyle instead, or add a braided strand or a bow to jazz things up. Wear fake lashes to add a fun pop of glamour, or swap your matte lip for a glossy one. It’s all about stepping out of your comfort zone just a bit and adding a special detail that makes your look stand out.
Put a bow on it.
Sure, you probably wore tons of bows during the holidays as a kid, but they’re back in a big way this year. Don’t worry that you’ll look juvenile; a bow can be the perfect finishing touch for an elegant chignon or half-updo. Bows come in all shapes and styles, from small black leather bows to oversized bright red organza bows with trailing ribbons, so no matter your personal style, there’s an option for you.
If bows really aren’t your thing, try a barrette, clip, pins, a velvet scrunchie, a braid, or even a brightly colored clip-in hairpiece. There are so many fun accessories that make your go-to ponytails and topknots stand out for the season, so give yourself permission to play and experiment with anything that catches your eye.
Incorporate seasonal colors and textures.
Think red, green, gold, silver and blue — seasonal hues that instantly make you think of the holidays. Gold eyeshadow and red lipstick are a match made in heaven, while silver glitter adds a snowy, winter wonderland vibe to any outfit or eye makeup moment. Velvet, flocking, plaid and yes, glitter all signify holiday glam.
Book an appointment!
Don’t want to DIY it? That’s what we’re here for! If you’ve got a big holiday party or festive event on your calendar, let your Cole’s esthetician step in and play glam squad for the night, or book a blowout, so you don’t have to deal with styling your hair when company comes to town.
When in doubt, reach for the glitter.
Your Christmas tree sparkles — you should too! Nothing says “festive” quite like a sprinkle of sparkle, so when you’re not sure how to holiday-ify your hair, spritz in a glitter spray! It adds a subtle, pretty shimmer that catches the light and makes you feel party-ready in no time. If glitter is too much for you, swap the sparkle for a shine spray instead. Cheers to you!