Create a Holiday Party Look in Seconds


By Brian Underwood

Fast & Festive

Special occasions call for an extra special outfit. Luckily, all it takes to transform an ordinary going-out look into a red-hot holiday ensemble is a few glamorous trimmings, like eye-catching accessories and shimmering makeup. So before you splurge on a fancy frock, flip through this slideshow to get a few ideas for sprucing up the dress you already have. From ruby-red lip color to a sequin-studded clutch, these little touches will make the holidays--and your look--worth celebrating.

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Add depth to your outfit with gorgeous jewel-tone baubles.

Paint the Town Red

Flattering on all skin tones, a bold scarlet lip instantly injects your daytime look with party-ready pizzazz. MAC Lipstick in MAC Red, $14.50; MACCosmetics.com. Hunter Dixon Mo Top, $218; HunterDixon.com. (Go to the next slide for more product suggestions and application tips.)

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Products & Application Tips

Get red-hot results by using one of these three products. Dab on a lipstick like Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in True Red (top left, $8.99; Drugstore.com) with your fingertip for just the right amount of color, from a subtle flush to an all-out "wow." Want a matte finish? Line lips with Sonia Kashuk's Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Rosey Nude (center, $7.99; Target.com), then delicately fill in. If you're worried about feathering, opt for Avon's Pro Color & Gloss Lip Duo in Poppy Love (bottom, $10; Avon.com), which is thick enough to sit on top of fine lines without enhancing them.

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Rock On

Arm candy? Check! This sequin-studded clutch-featured here in a sophisticated deep purple hue-will keep you in good company (and style) all night long. Loud on its own, pair it with a solid-colored dress to pull the look together like a pro. Boden Glittering Clutch, $108; BodenUSA.com. (Go to the next slide for more product suggestions and application tips.)

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Products & Application Tips

Glitzy jewel-tone accessories (a paillette-encrusted clutch, bracelets with oversize gemstones) transform wardrobe basics, like a shift dress, from simple to showstopping. Bisou Bisou for JCPenney dress, $66.99; JCPenney stores. H&M Gem Bracelet, $12.95; HM.com for stores. Dressy Ribbon-Tie Necklace, $14.50; 800-OLD-NAVY. R.J. Graziano earrings, $65. Nine West Elnora pump, $89; NineWest.com. Curations with Stefani Greenfield Regal Stone Ring, $59.95; HSN.com. R.J. Graziano brooch, $95.

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Shine All Night

The easier-to-apply sister of the smoky eye: one quick sweep of metallic eyeshadow from lashline to just above the crease. MAC Eyeshadow in Forgery, $14.50; MACCosmetics.com (Go to the next three slides for more product suggestions and application tips for all skin types.)

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Perfectly Pale

There's a metallic shadow to complement every complexion. Icy silver and platinum, for example, balance blue undertones in fair skin. Mally Beauty Single Shadow in Silver ($18; MallyBeauty.com), Anna Sui Eye Color in 003 ($25; UrbanOutfitters.com), Topshop Cream Eye Shadow in Heavy Metal ($14; TopShop.com).

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Dark and Beautiful

Dark skin is the perfect backdrop for bold shades of copper and gold. Mehron Metallic Powder in Copper and Gold ($7.95 each; Mehron.com), L'Oréal Paris HIP Studio Secrets Professional Metallic Shadow Duos in Charged ($8; at drugstores).

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Middle Child

And a dusting of bronze shadow instantly warms up medium skin tones. Origins Eyeshadow in Copper Penny ($14; Origins.com), CoverGirl Smoky ShadowBlast duo in Bronze Fire ($7.49; at drugstores), Rimmel London Glam'Eyes Mono Eye Shadow in Spicy Bronze ($3.49; at drugstores).

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Go for the Gold

One dazzling gilded piece-like this dripping-in-sequins top or a blingedout accessory-eliminates the need to pile on jewelry and spend hours in front of the mirror deciding which necklace to wear with your favorite pair of earrings. INC International Concepts top, $69, Bloomingdale's; J. Crew Dalton pant, $69.50; JCrew.com. Patty Tobin Baby Briolette Hessonite Garnet Earrings, $75; PattyTobin.com. (Go to the next slide for more product suggestions and application tips.)

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Products & Application Tips

You don't need a full-on gold-sequin shirt to benefit from the magic of metallic. Work a few smaller pieces into your outfit to add a glamorous highlighting effect. Target Multi-Strand Pearl & Chain Necklace, $49.99; Target.com. Sequin Bow Hard Case Clutch, $58; Accessorize.com. Curations with Stefani Greenfield Grid Chain Bracelet, $79.95; HSN.com. Mixit by JCPenney ring, $11.99; 877-FIND-JCP for stores. Dolce Vita for Target Sniptoe Flat, $29.99; Target.com.

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