Want to change things up this holiday season? We’ve got some trendy inspo for simple-to-execute looks for even the busiest-of-schedules. This year’s trends are bold but timeless. Mix and match to make your look uniquely you!
This blog was co-authored by Hannah DeGross, Designer and Stacey Wechsler, Advanced Esthetician—both at our Burnsville salon!
Hairstyles Guaranteed to Turn Heads
Looking to shake up your go-to holiday hair? Hannah shares ways to incorporate timeless elements with this year’s trends.
AN UPDO THAT WILL LAST ALL DAY
Sometimes you need your hair off of your face for a hectic day in the kitchen or with the kiddos, but still want to showcase your length – that’s where a half down-half up look has you covered! Start off by parting your hair down the middle. Leaving some face-framing pieces out first, then dutch braid until you hit the top of your ear. After securing it with bobby pins, repeat on the other side. I added loose curls with my GHD iron, but you could also leave it straight!
GO BIG WITH A BUBBLE BRAID
Want to showcase your festive style, but keep your hair off of your neck? In comes the bubble braid! Gather your hair into a side ponytail, leaving out heavy face-framing. In the ponytail, make a giant bubble braid using different ponytails – I went for bows, but if those aren’t your thing, you could use clear elastics or velvet scrunchies to create this look!
FROM THE FAMILY GATHERING TO THE NYE PARTY
This style really does it all and can take you from a comfy gathering at home to your cocktail hour plans! Section off the crown and tease it to create volume. Then, pull that section into a top knot using a fun ponytail. Leave out your bangs or some face-framing stands.Then pull that section into a top knot using a fun ponytail holder. I curled the remainder of my hair with a GHD curling iron.
Highlight your favorite feature with these bold, but balanced makeup trends
A festive look is all about taking your everyday look to the next level. Stacey shared seasonal trends sure to elevate your usual look to holiday glam this winter!
Think that you are wearing enough blush? You’re not. Grab your favorite shade and add another layer. Maybe two. Blush this season is very in, and not just on your cheeks. Blend it up to your temples, over the apples of your cheeks, along your cheekbones and even across your brow bone. Cream blush or powder blush both work to achieve this look. It pairs well with minimal makeup on the rest of your face. Think dewy skin, a little mascara, and a pop of color on the lip.
SMOKEY GRUNGE LINER
Like many things from the 90’s, grunge is back and took its smokey liner with it. A smokey grunge liner is a bold look that is easy to achieve. All you need is a soft tipped, rich black eyeliner pencil, a tan eyeshadow, and a black eyeshadow. Use the tan shade as your base and blend it all over the lid. Next, line your lash line. You can line all the way around or just the top. Precision is not necessary. Next blend and smoke out the line with your black eye shadow. Add some mascara and you’re done! This look will elevate a casual outfit like a pair of jeans or a t-shirt. Or you can dress it up and pair it with your cute holiday dress.
SINGLE COLOR SHADOW
Contouring your eyes is great, but sometimes all you need is one color to make the look. This is another look that is simple to achieve and anyone can wear. All colors work with this, but the bolder the better. Pigmented and long wearing shades work best. Blend the shadow all over the lid and leave it there, or blend if softly through the crease. Add a long-lash mascara paired with fresh skin and a soft lip, and you have yourself a fun, fresh, holiday look!
Another super quick and simple look for the holidays is glitter on the eyes. It’s a fun way to be festive and stand out. It pairs well with simplistic makeup on the rest of the face and a lot of mascara or lashes. Choose your favorite shade of glitter. Cream glitter shadows work well, or loose glitter will make you shine.
This time of year is a great time to express yourself. Try one look, or try them all. Hair and makeup are fun to be creative with your own personal style, so play with different looks and find what works for you! And remember, if you feel good in what you are wearing, you are surely radiating that to the rest of the world.
This blog was written by Hannah DeGross, Designer and Stacey Wechsler, Advanced Esthetician at our salon in Burnsville. You can follow Hannah on Instagram @hairbyhannah.mn and Stacey on Instagram @estistacey.