Get Party Pretty
The Ruby Red Lip Nothing says "party time!" quite as dramatically as rich, red lipstick. Think of the classic reds made famous by Hollywood screen sirens Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly, and it's easy to see how a strong lip can quickly give you a glamorous, sophisticated vibe.
Many women stay away from luscious red shades out of fear that they won't work with their skin tone or will look too harsh. The way around that, says Devitt, is to choose a reddish shade that's slightly darker than what you'd normally wear -- easy enough, considering the many wearable options within the red color family. "It could be a classic red, a burgundy, or a sheer blackberry shade," says Devitt. "That way, you feel like you've done something different." Also, forget the notion that the only way to wear red lipstick is to swipe it on straight from the tube, with precise lining. A more modern way to wear red lipstick is to lightly dot it onto your lips and press. That way, you get a shot of color without any hard edges. Another alternative is to use a red-colored gloss instead of a cream lipstick. You can get away with more color on the rest of your face, such as a well-defined eye and strong eyebrows, with a subtler red mouth.
A full-bodied mane is always holiday-worthy and can be created with tools (hot rollers and a curling iron, for example) and styling products. "The closer you spray the hair, the stronger the hold. Spray from farther back, and you'll get a more flexible hold," explains Creighton.
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