Christmas and New Year’s celebrations are just around the corner, and a look at your calendar will leave you excited for the parties and holiday events waiting for you.
Needless to say, you want to show up to each event looking your absolute best. With the tips below, you will be able to breeze into any event without having to worry about dry skin or less than perfect hair.
1. Plan Your Outfit
You probably have a rough idea of how you want to look at your next party. Keep in mind, though, that about 19 percent of the retail industry’s total sales take place during the holidays. To avoid the stress of having to shop at the overcrowded malls with a party a few days ahead and nothing to wear, plan your outfits in advance, and try to build around pieces you already have to avoid breaking the bank.
2. Shop Smart
Choose pieces that are versatile and that you can use year round if possible. A timeless little black dress goes a long way versus, say, a bright red dress with white fur trims. Items that can be integrated into several outfits are also a very smart choice. Maybe a festive shawl that can transform a dress will allow you to use the same dress at 2 different events this season while maintaining a versatile look.
3. Aim For Healthy Glow
The most beautiful look is a natural look. Don’t underestimate the power of healthy looking skin in this cold weather. A dull complexion will affect any party look. However, if your skin is not looking its best due to winter, the solution is not using layers and layers of makeup.
Use a foundation that suits your skin tone if you need it, and focus on picking a highlighter that lets you shine. Apply the highlighter on the very top of your cheekbones, the tip of your nose, and the center of your chin.
4. Be Event Appropriate
What you should wear to an office Christmas party is different from what you wear to a holidays family gathering, and is different from what you would wear to a massive New Year’s ball. Keep the nature of the party you are attending when you choose your outfit and your make up. While sequins will help you shine at a New Year’s party, a sheet dress that is more conservative is probably best for an office party.
5. Keep It Simple
You don’t have to go over the top to look chic. Keep both your outfit and your make up simple. Of course, a pop of red lipstick, a bit of glitter or an adventurous accessory are season appropriate, but pair them with an otherwise clean simple look for maximum effect.
Another year passes, but you can still look your best, and younger, self. Fine lines and wrinkles are especially prominent this time of year. Winter is cruel on the skin. This is particularly true for those with a dry complexion, but even those with oily skin will see this cold season take its toll on their skin if they are not careful enough.
7. Stay Hydrated
Everybody knows that drinking plenty of water is important, but we often let it slip our minds. That is especially true in winter when you are less likely to feel thirsty as opposed to hot sweaty summers that leave you craving hydration.
Research shows that drinking 2 or more water liters daily improves skin physiology significantly. Consciously try to drink water throughout the day, small sips count, and your hair and skin will thank you for shining at your holiday's events
8. Don’t Forget Your Hair
Blow dry or a good curling will sure leave your hair looking beautiful for your upcoming parties. Using a deep conditioner at least once a month, however, will give it extra shine. Adding a natural moisturizing mask a day or two before your event will help your hair further, and give it extra bounce and lusciousness.
9. Stay Faithful To Your Skin Routine
You may be tempted to stay in bed in a coy sweater, with your steaming hot drink and a nice book. It is important, however, to get yourself from under those blankets for long enough to take care of your skin.
Gently cleanse, tone and moisturize your skin daily no matter what the temptation is to skip your skin care regimen, and don’t forget your anti-wrinkle creams. After all, those few daily minutes of care will pay off for your upcoming parties
10. When In Doubt, Go For An Updo
If you are short on time, or if you are not sure what to do with your hair at any event, go for a simple updo. A chic updo has a way of dressing up any outfit without looking like you’re trying too hard and it is appropriate for almost any event. Best of all, it can be done and over within a matter of minutes.
11. Stay Mindful Of Your Food
It is easy to lose track of what you eat in this cold weather, especially with so many temptations. To be quite honest, everybody likes to have some treats, especially with this festive mood, and that’s okay.
Have your chocolate, your eggnogs and your Christmas cookies if you want, but don’t have them all on the same day. Stay aware of what you eat, and balance out your food throughout the day. You can treat yourself and stay within reasonable caloric intake if you pay attention to the foods you eat.
12. Late Night Gym Visits
Most people gain weight around the holidays. Research shows that the average American gains more weight between Thanksgiving and New Year’s that before or after the holidays, and that the weight gained is not lost later in the year during spring and summer.
You have probably been treating yourself too much, and odds are you are going into the Christmas and New Year’s party season with a bit of extra weight. Luckily, the holidays carry an extra advantage: empty gyms. This is the best time of the year to hit the gym.
You will be ahead of the resolutions who fill the gyms after New Year’s, and way ahead of the summer body crowd. A late night visit will guarantee an empty gym where you can finish your work out in 30 minutes, and be party ready in time.
The tips above will help you look your absolute best at the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s parties. Just remember, few things are as attractive as a genuine smile. This is a time for celebration and cheer, so show up to your party, wear your best smile, and enjoy yourself. Happy Holidays!