12 Holiday Makeup Looks That Won’t Make You Look Like an Elf

Try using the arrow keys

If ever there were a time to apply that apple-red lipstick a little darker, wing that liquid eyeliner a little more dramatically, or try that milkmaid-braid hairstyle full force, that time would be now. But just because the holiday spirit brings about a season of traditions all its own — eggnog, ugly sweater parties, and an excessive display of red and green to start — doesn't mean that looking the part of festive has to look too festive.

Instead of going overboard on the makeup front (step away from the green glitter eyeliner), invoke the prettiest shades of red, add a dash of party-appropriate glamour, and keep the hair as low-key (or as voluminous) as you want.

More Slideshows