Oh, the weather outside is frightful...but that doesn't really matter, because you'll be indoors having a night to remember at your BFF's annual holiday party. A festive get-together — whether it's with your fam, your best friends, or even your work colleagues — is more than just an occasion to catch up with loved ones and drink so. much. eggnog. It's also the perfect opportunity to turn up your beauty look and get extra celebratory with your hair, highlighter, and beyond. After all, 'tis the season, you know?
Whether your idea of getting into the holiday spirit involves bombshell waves or out-to-there eyelashes, there's no better time to go all-out with your look than at your next party. It's kind of impossible to overdo it during this season. Plus, creating fun hair and makeup is an easy way to take your usual LBD to the next level — or complement your new, super-sparkly dress. That's why we've partnered with Target Beauty to bring you the beauty essentials needed for your next holiday party. (As an added bonus, these won't throw a wrench into your gift-shopping budget.) It's time to start getting ready.
For: Festive Nails
Forget your gel mani for just a sec. With shades from essie Nail Polish like Ring in the Bling (an ornament-red color) and Good as Gold (tinsel-like metallic), you can DIY a dazzling classic mani or even create your own festive nail art.
For: A Classic Updo
An updo is an easy, no-outlets-required option for a holiday hairstyle. And by adding glittery headbands, pins, and wraps, you can even get away with your go-to ponytail. Slip on a La-ta-da hair accessory, and like magic, you'll be ready to go.
For: Bold Brows
Strong brows make the rest of your makeup look that much better. (Seriously, it's like an unspoken rule of makeup.) Use Profusion Cosmetics Define Brows Professional Brow Kit to shape and define your arches for a naturally full, Insta-worthy look.
For: A Sweet Scent
There might be snow on the ground, but that won't matter when you're enveloped in a warm, tropical scent. Layer on the fragrances in Pacifica Roll On Perfume Women's Trio Holiday Set, which includes Indian Coconut Nectar, Tahitian Gardenia, and Island Vanilla, for a party-ready pick-me-up.
For: Jewel-Tone Eye Makeup
Sapphire, emerald, amethyst — gemstone colors make for some of the prettiest eye makeup shades. Plus, those deep, jewel-tone shadows always seem to create an extra fancy vibe. Sweep on your favorite hues with the e.l.f. Holiday Brush Collection Set, which has styles perfect for small details and seamless blending alike.
For: Full Fringe
Your average mascara works just fine — on weekdays. For a holiday party, though, try amping up your game with Eylure False Eyelashes Vegas Nay Luxe Collection. They come with glue and an instruction booklet for easy application.
For: Glossy Lips
No time? No problem. If you only have a few minutes to prep for your office holiday party, you can't go wrong with shiny, bold lips. L'Oréal Paris Infallible Lip Paints Metallic impart rich, super-pigmented color in a single swipe. It's a major makeup look in one small tube.
For: Dewy Skin
No makeup look is complete without a glowing complexion. Boost your radiance with NYX Professional Makeup Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter, which both illuminates skin and lends a subtle shimmer (a win-win if we ever saw one). Plus, it comes in nine shades, so there's an option for every skin tone.
For: Glam Waves
Ready to be the bombshell of the ball? It doesn't get more glam than big, bouncy waves. So get a styling tool that can do it all: You can use Eva NYC Healthy Heat Ceramic Styling Iron to straighten, curl, and creates waves in your hair, all while leaving it soft and shiny.
This post is sponsored by Target Beauty.
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