Beauty Buzz: 10-Minute Hair & Makeup Styles for the Festive Party Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially if you’re a party person. Between office bashes, neighborhood shindigs, festivities with friends, and family gatherings, you’ve probably RSVP’d “yes” to about a million different events. Which means you’re now in need of ideas for how to look really good at them (because you never know who you’ll run into under the mistletoe, after all).

And since the holidays tend to get a little busy (understatement of the year?), we did you a favor by rounding up five super-simple holiday hair and makeup styles to try out at all your merry celebrations this season—courtesy of some of your favorite bloggers.

Metallic Eyes

Photo credit: Andrea Posados/Advice From a 20 Something

Festive occasions are the perfect opportunity to shine—with your outfits and your makeup. Enter this shimmering metallic eye look created by Advice From a 20 Something. All it takes is a couple of sparkling shadows, a little bit of eyeliner, and a coat or two of your favorite mascara.

Crisscross Ponytail

Photo credit: Katie Shelton/A Beautiful Mess

Have a party dress with an intricate neckline or sparkly, embellished blouse with a lot going on? A pretty ponytail may be the simplest way to keep all eyes on your outfit, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Instead, try this sophisticated updo from A Beautiful Mess that’s easy to pull off, but looks like it took hours to perfect.

Dark Red Lips

Photo credit: Britney Gill/The August Diaries

Rich hues are right at home during the cold months of winter, which makes this deep burgundy a festive alternative to the classic red lip. The slightly glossy look delivers just the right amount of sex appeal, while a warm glow and neutral eyes lay the perfect foundation for your pout to really pop. Get the step-by-step over at The August Diaries.

Double Braided Ponytail

Photo credit: Hello Glow

Two is pretty much always better than one, especially when it comes to presents—and braids. Pull your long strands back into this double braided style that’s both intricate and perfect for wearing with a high-neck style (think: turtleneck under a velvet jumper). Learn how to create the style at Hello Glow, then add a sparkly, statement necklace or clustered crystal earrings for even more glamor.

Colorful Eyeliner


Photo credit: Missy Sue

When the traditional cat eye just won’t do, change up your eyeliner game with a colorful shade (we love the slightly shimmering shade of plum seen here, and brown-eyed girls can’t go wrong with vibrant emerald). Finish off the look with a glossy berry lip and glowing cheeks, and check out the full (super-simple) tutorial over at Missy Sue.

What beauty styles will you be rocking around the tree in this season?