With Christmas Eve being tomorrow (gasp!), I've put together a few easy ways to take your holiday look to the next level (does anyone else dress up for Christmas Eve?!). Most of these are cheap and can be done last-minute, but they make a huge difference!
1. Put a bow on it
Tying a bow onto a blouse is a really easy, no-fuss way to transform an outfit. I own this tie-on bow from NastyGal, but a regular ribbon or a sash from the craft store will have the same effect (you can even buy a yard of black fabric and cut your own). Don't be afraid to get creative, too… I added a bow to a plaid shirt (below) for a really festive look. I also love this bow headband for your hair!
2. Highlight your eyes
This is a super easy way to add some glam to your usual makeup routine… Apply a white eye highlighter pencil to the inner corners of your eyes for an instant lifting and brightening effect. I own this eye highlighter by Jane Iredale and use it whenever I want to add an extra "oomph" to my makeup. This one is particularly great because it has a white shimmer side and a pink shimmer side… I use the white in the winter and the pink when I have a tan during the summer! It really does make your eyes pop.
3. Rock a Red Lip
My favorite way to instantaneously turn a look into a "festive" one is to add a red lip. I live and die by bareMinerals "call the shots" - it's the color I have on in the above photo and my go-to red lip color! I don't even own any other red lip colors because this one is perfect. One tip for great-looking lipstick: apply lip balm with a Q-tip approximately 30 minutes before applying your lipstick. The Q-tip acts as an exfoliator to slough off dead skin, therefore making your lips smooth and moisturized before you put on your lippy color!
4. Add fun tights
A simple black dress can look completely different with a pair of fun printed tights. I love, love, love the gigantic polka dots on this pair.
5. Paint your Nails
Not only is painting your nails an instant mood lifter, but it can also add some holiday cheer to your outfits. My go-to nail polish this season has been Essie's "double breasted jacket" because it is the PERFECT Christmas-y red color. To take things up a notch, I love to add glitter polish to a manicure. You can do one "party nail" (paint your fourth fingernail with a glitter polish) or get really creative and add glitter to them all. I'm loving this nail look for New Year's Eve!
6. Try Falsies
I save false lashes for really special occasions if I want to look my absolute best (like NYE!). They can give your eyes a bold, dramatic look without any makeup at all. I really like these because they are simple and natural-looking when they're on. They also make glitter lashes and a bunch of fun holiday sets at the drugstore.
7. Curl Your Hair
Curling your hair is a simple thing that can instantly dress up your look. I love big, bouncy curls for Christmas-time! I use the ISO Beauty 25 mm curling wand to curl my hair and I'm a teeny bit obsessed with it. It's the only curling wand I've ever used or owned, but I'm not even tempted to try out another one. It's amazing (and a really good price too)!
8. Add Some Bling
Whether it's a blingy necklace or a bedazzled sweater, I love the glamour that just a hint of sparkle can add to an outfit. You can easily dress up a simple outfit with some fabulous earrings or a statement necklace.
What are your favorite ways to glam up a holiday outfit? I'd love to hear! And Merry Christmas Eve's Eve!
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