Vaniday’s 2017 Holiday Beauty Guide!

It’s the festive season! This means twinkly lights and Christmas carols. For yourself, you are suddenly drawn to everything glittery as the holiday party invites roll in. After months of your fail safe everyday makeup look, it’s no wonder you’re a little stumped when it comes to coming up with a holiday party makeup look. Wonder no longer.

Vaniday loves the glitz, but we know it isn’t for everyone. It can go from sophisticated to too much easily. So we’re here to show you the best ways to incorporate this trend into your holiday look from your hair, nails and face.

Party Hair: Ribbons

There’s never a better time than the Christmas season to dress your hair up with ribbons. But lest you think you’ll look like a 5 year old, here are some sophisticated examples of how to do the bow and ribbon look for the holidays.

Style icon Blair Waldorf is ready for the holiday season with a headband decked with a giant red bow with her hair in a textured updo. Feminine, pretty, and whimsy all at the same time.

If you want a subtler look with a touch of Christmas glam, have some of your hair loosely pulled back and fastened with a bejeweled bow.

Lastly, for everyone who wants to channel the late 60s glam of Brigitte Bardot hair, have your hair done in a half up-down hairstyle, teased at the bottom of the ponytail to create volume and finished off with a bow.

For the best results for all these looks, why not head down to your favorite salon to get a blowout and hair treatment before consulting your hairstylist on how to style the look you want. You should adapt it to suit your face shape and personal style.

Party Hair: Stars

Christmas isn’t Christmas without stars and now you can add a touch of starry magic to your hair to truly make your crowning glory sparkle this holiday season.

Tiny star hair pins woven through a romantic, wavy updo make Keira Knightley look like a real life fairy tale princess. You can easily achieve this look in 2 ways with these clips from ASOS. For a more dramatic effect, dye or tint your hair a unique colour before clipping the stars into your hair.

To channel your inner Queen Bee, take a note from Queen Mary in The CW’s Reign, who is quite literally wearing a crown of stars. If you’re feeling bold, go all out and be inspired by the entire look by matching your earrings to your crown of stars. You’re sure to be a star. 

Party Nails: Christmas nail art

You can’t show up to a party with grubby nails. Get yourself some Christmas themed nail art while you’re getting your mani. here’s just way too many ideas to choose from and they’re all adorable.

Try something like these simple Christmas baubles from Hannah Weir, or have an accent nail like a little Christmas tree. If you want something different, get a Santa Claus themed nail art that breaks the design over a few nails.

Party Nails: Glitter

Try something like these simple Christmas baubles from Hannah Weir, or have an accent nail like a little Christmas tree. If you want something different, get a Santa Claus themed nail art that breaks the design over a few nails.

Party Nails: Glitter

Party Makeup: Red lips

Yes, red lips for Christmas may seem like a cliché but it’s a tried and tested look for a reason. Here we show 3 takes on the red lip while keeping the entire makeup look clean and simple.

Model Liu Wen wears a classic red lip at a Burberry fashion show with barely there eye makeup. Fenty Beauty has just released a red liquid lipstick that seems to work on most skintones. Hurry up and get it now!

A red lip can feel overwhelming on the face for makeup newbies because of how defined the lip is. Korean superstar IU is wearing a red lip, but unlike the classic matte look, her look is very soft. This is from the blurring of the edges and the semi-glossy stained look that is a popular trend in K-beauty now.

Speaking of Fenty Beauty, the one and only beauty icon Rihanna sports an oxblood lip. Oxblood can be quite harsh paired with a dark smoky eye, but it becomes an accessible holiday party look with simple eye makeup.

Party Makeup: Bold Eyes

If eye makeup is more your thing, play up your eyes and keep everything else neutral and simple. A graphic cat eye is given a pop outlined with a silvery white line. K-beauty eye makeup trends this year have veered towards golds, reds, and copper tones, and this is a look that actually works very well with a lot of skintones and is glamorous without being overly dramatic. And for someone who wants a quick but easy makeup hack for a holiday party, pile on one shade of glittery champagne eyeshadow and mascara and you’re good to go!