Holiday Party Makeup Looks

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One of the best parts about the holidays is that we get the opportunity to dress up and go to parties a bit more than usual. And there is no better time to try a new makeup look than for a party! You can feel free to go bolder, go brighter and try something different!

Our top makeup trends for parties?

Smoky Eyes… in COLOR!
The dark smokey eye look has been around for awhile – with good reason. Its so dramatic and fabulous! This year, update it by going smokey in purple!


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Purple can go with any skin tone – go for a red-ish purple if you have warm skin and a blue-ish purple if you have cool skin. Purple gives this look a great modern twist – and its can be more subtle than a dark gray – so if you’ve been too timid to try a dark smokey eye, this is perfect!
One to Try: 
e.l.f. Studio Pigment Eyeshadow in Passion Purple

Under-eye Liner



Yet another trend for which you can credit Kate Middleton. This look defines eyes and makes even the most minimalist everyday look seem more polished. Adding some undereye liner will make your whole look more dramatic – perfect for parties or date night!
One to Try: Laura Mercier ‘Tightline’ Cake Eyeliner


Muted Lips



Step away from the gloss, ladies. Whether your color is a soft rose or a bold bordeaux, its time to go matte!  Ditch the shimmer and the smear-prone glosses – a velvet matte finish looks so much more striking and natural. Think old school movie star!
One to Try: Nars Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil

Remember the cardinal rule of makeup: your face is washable! Don’t be afraid to branch out and try new things! If you hate it, just wash it off and start over. No harm done. If you’re afraid to try, you may miss out on what will become your new favorite look.

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About Melissa

Written by Melissa Angert, editor of this fashion blog and author of Girlymama. You can also find her on Twitter as Melissa Angert. She is a mom of 3 living in Providence.