Makeup Tips for Every Holiday Party

Are you having trouble putting together an outfit for your holiday parties? Are you stressing yourself out trying to put your look together while keeping up with the trends of the season? Well look no further; here are some holiday makeup tips to get you through the season!

Tinsel to Glow

The first tip to send your way has to do with the use of shimmer. Shine yourself up to make it look like your glistening alongside the snow; much like tinsel it makes everything look that much more beautiful and glowing. Make sure you are hitting the three main areas when you swipe your powder: over your cheekbones, below your brow bone and on the inner corner of your eyes. Stay within the pnk-based highlighters if you have lighter skin and progress to golden tones if your skin is more medium to dark.

Secondly, blush is non-negotiable for every holiday party. This will add some much needed colour to your cheeks, which tend to dull with the paleness of winter. When picking a colour, make sure that you are mixing complementary blush colours; one darker and one lighter, to create the perfect shade that is all your own.

Thirdly, match your lips to your snacks this holiday season; chocolate is the go-to shade for creating a striking lip look. Avoid the guilt by wearing it on your lips and impress all of the guests with the darker hue- be bold, beautiful and classy, all at the same time. To take it one step further with your lips, pair your lipstick with a clear gloss to achieve another layer of shimmer.

Jazz it UP

Manicures are being shown in two different styles this year, allowing for a quick change in overall look. The first option is an atypical French manicure; instead of being barely there, jazz it up by doing greens, reds, silvers and golds. If you feel like getting really festive, use silver glitter to make the tip which offers an extra twinkle for the holidays. The second nail trend popping up for the holidays is burgundy nails. Although not a low-maintenance look, this dark hue offers a spark of instant drama.

Our last tip focuses on what you should do with your eyes this holiday season. Stylists are suggesting the infusion of flecks of gold, purple and green with a basic grey shadow. Not only will this tie your lips together with your eyes but it will also add some colour into your look. Contain the multi-textured part between the lid and the crease; you don’t want to add too much colour and end up looking like you belong in the 80s. If you find dark eyes to be too much, make sure to use your brush or a makeup sponge to soften the look. If you aren’t into wearing much eyeshadow and prefer to finish off your look with eyeliner, get rid of your pencil and sweep a black gel liner over the entirety of the top lid to create a bold yet elegant look. Finish off the look by sweeping a neutral tone over the rest of the lid.

Take these tips with you and embrace stunning all of the guests at every holiday party you attend this year.

Spice Up Your Holiday Traditions

Are you finding your holiday routine to be the same year after year?  If you’re looking to break out of your usual mode, here are some ideas for you!

Gift Wrapping

If you are the kind of person who dislikes wrapping gifts, turn it into a fun activity and have a Holiday Gift Wrap Party at the same time you partake in a holiday cookie swap. Get everyone to bring a different kind of holiday cookie as well as a different pattern of wrapping paper and enjoy the deliciousness while you are all wrapping gifts together; throw in a bottle of wine and you will have yourselves a party!

Pairing Ideas

For your party near the holidays, instead of doing the ‘same old, same old’ with food, make things interesting by serving a variety of different appetizers. Add some holiday flare to it by calling it “12 Days of Appetizers”; try to align the different appetizers with the different items sung about in the song. For example, for the “partridge in a pear tree”, place some crumbled blue cheese on top of a piece of baguette and bake until the cheese just starts to melt. Then top with a slice of pear that has been lightly coated in honey. Finally, finish with a sprinkle of thyme. Do this for the remaining 11 days mentioned in the song and you have yourself an easy way to use a traditional holiday idea and turn it into something brand new and exciting!

Power of Song

If you’re having people over anyway and are looking for something fun to do instead of just sitting around talking, use the power of song! Have holiday carols playing and print out some lyrics to the songs of your choice. Have everyone pick a song and have a Holiday Carol karaoke contest! Once everyone has had a turn, have everyone write down who they thought the best performer was (aside from themselves). Then have one person tally up the votes. Whoever gets the most votes is the winner. Have something small set aside for the winner. You can never go wrong with a gift certificate or a bottle of wine.
If you’re tired of having the same typical holiday parties, you will enjoy our final idea for how to spice up the season! Take your party outside of the home and grab your friends and partake in a pub crawl.

Make it festive by wearing holiday-inspired costumes in your trek from bar to bar. Or, dive into the spirit by wearing an ugly holiday sweater; turn it into the contest and have the person with the ugliest one not have to buy their drinks all night!

Use these tips to help get you in to the holiday spirit, and to make it a year to remember; one that is full of new ideas and food!

Planning the Perfect Party

Are you planning the perfect party but have no idea where to begin? Look no further, here are some festive tips that will help you throw the party of your dreams!

Colour Your Party!

The first thing you want to decide on when planning a party is the color scheme you are going to be using. Silver and gold are often the go to colours for holiday decorations. This year, if you’re in an area that is lacking that “holiday feel” as there is no snow around, try using light frosted blues. Modern Holiday décor is all the rage this year as opposed to the traditional looking decorations you may have inherited from your parents. Keep all decorations aligned by using geometric shapes in bold black, crisp white and rich reds to create a party look your guests will be talking about for years! Accent everything holiday-like with these hues and you’ll have a masterpiece in your house!

Traditional ornaments are also being replaced with shimmery, in your face disco balls in order to achieve a dazzling look up close and from across the room. You want to make sure that your decorations are catching the eyes of your guests. It will give them a place to begin when talking about your party after the celebrations have ended!

Move over! We Hungry!

We will now move directly into food ideas so your guests don’t go hungry! The first festive snack that should catch the eye of your guests is a welcome cocktail with a holiday twist! Have the bartender whip up something that is green, red, or even something that aligns with your color scheme. He could even put a peppermint stick in the drink for a bit more a festive flair.
For those younger guests who may not be able to partake in the welcome cocktail, set up a hot chocolate bar! Have the alcoholic mix-ins on the side. That way you have a little something for the entire family! Add some coloured marshmallows to the table in order to give the kids a little something different while keeping with the tone of the evening.

Interactions

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In keeping with the orb shape that your disco balls will create, another festive food idea is to “make your own” crystal orb filled with something fun. For example, you can fill one of the orbs with a small salad or a bite sized appetizer. The aforementioned ideas allow for the guest to interact. The display and the food while offering a relaxed “serve yourself” kind of vibe. This interaction will lead to a more enjoyable time overall for your guests. This will give off the illusion that they are picking exactly what they want; almost as though the party was being catered towards them.

Take-homes

In order to have something small and easy for your guests to take home with them, make some peppermint cake pops. It will be a sure fire way to have your party stand out.
Follow these tips and tricks and aim to have an outstanding time and your holiday party will be out of this world.