With an endless stream of red carpet events and parties that cycle on like “Groundhog Day,” it’s no wonder celebs are constantly changing up makeup and hair to keep things feeling fresh. From retro red lips to top knots with sass, get inspired by these glamourous Hollywood looks as you hit the holiday party circuit.
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The face of CoverGirl rocks it retro by pairing classic ruby lips with winged black liquid liner, and flapper-esque waves pinned up and away from the face. Swift’s winged eyeliner emphasizes the narrow shape of her eyes, giving her a mysterious allure. To keep red lips in place through cocktails and kisses, layer foundation down on freshly exfoliated lips, fill in lightly with nude lip liner, and top with a rich velveteen finish lipcolor, says YouBeauty Makeup Expert Fiona Stiles.
Modern chic comes easy to the 36 year-old Brit, who pairs pink lips with smoky eyes and an evening take on the classic ponytail. Volume at the crown is essential to tying a pony with such texture, which you can achieve by “spritzing root lifter on dry hair while flipping your head upside down before styling,” says New York salon owner and stylist Mark Garrison.
Shine on like songstress Selena Gomez with locks, lips and lids touched by light. Hair as glossy and sleek as Gomez’s radiates a healthy, beautiful glow. To replicate her look, curl hair in sections with a clampless curling iron for smooth curls, and mist all over with shine spray. Opt for peach on lips and cheeks, washing champagne over lids and into crease. Finish with a sultry kohl line and loads of volumizing mascara to bring focus to the eyes.
Stefani’s signature red lips and winged liner meets punk with a top knot that’s high on both glamour and style. Unless you have long hair, you’ll likely need a clip-in hair piece to replicate the look. “Simply smooth hair in a high pony, and twist and secure as you spin hair into a bun,” says Garrison. If clipping in a piece, match hair to your color, or go one shade lighter for some kick, like Stefani. Her tall top knot also balances the smaller proportions of her chin, bringing vertical symmetry to her face.
Keri Hilson pairs an angled blonde bob with statement earrings and sultry midnight blue eye makeup—a shade that is universally flattering on all skintones. “Blend a shimmery navy from the center of the lid toward the outer corner, and a dab of silvery-blue just on the inner corner,” says celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow.
Elegant and austere, Zoe Saldana’s crowning braid looks deceptively complicated. Simply side part and smooth hair back into a low ponytail, braid and pin down as you work your way around the crown. Opt for a crème rose lip color and sheer blush of the same hue, and complement neatly groomed and trimmed brows with a bold stroke of winged liquid liner. Saldana’s dramatic lashes open up her eyes, giving her face a youthful look to contrast with her sophisticated hairstyle.
For a look that transitions to any type of party from corporate to after-hours, Lindsay Price pairs sheer popsicle red-stained lips and softly defined eyes with flowing waves. To get waves that last, wind one-inch sections around a one-to-two inch barrel curling iron, heat up, remove iron and immediately spray with hairspray. “Then gently brush waves for a more natural finish,” says Garrison.
When animal print is in the spotlight, punchy lips are the perfect dance partner. Keep things sheer and shiny with a rouge lipgloss that will also hydrate lips, and go for just a hint of warm blush, liner and mascara so as not to compete. The rosy blush on the apples of Kerr’s cheeks give her a fresh-faced, feminine glow. For tousled waves like Miranda Kerr, curl different sized sections of hair with an iron, so that the look comes off as unintentionally sexy – and not contrived.
9Sarah Jessica Parker
While the original fashionista is known for pushing looks to the limit, this playful, jeweled updo can inspire reality. For short hair, set pin curls for a tousled look, brush through with fingers and push back into place with a jeweled headband. Longer hair can pull hair into a high pony, curl with an iron and pin in tousled fashion, finishing with an artfully-clipped brooch barrette. Parker balances the verticality of her updo with circular drop earrings.
Running to a cocktail party with dirty hair after a long day at the office? Freshen up your look like Lucy Lui by cutting a deep side part and working dry shampoo into roots for height and volume. Place high up on the back of head in a ponytail. Revive your complexion by sweeping pink blush over cheekbones, swipe on pink gloss—add a couple new coats of mascara and a plunging neckline, and you’re out the door like a Charlie’s Angel.