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Holiday Survival Guide: 8 Beauty Hacks to Make It Through the Season

October 10, 2017

The holiday season is fast approaching, and while that means parties, big dinners, and heart-warming reunions with family and friends, it can also bring about a beauty woe or two (or, let’s be real, eight). From worrying about how your extended family will judge your obvious lack of sleep (after staying up way too late frantically wrapping presents) to dealing with the dreaded static that comes with wearing your adorable winter hat, they're unavoidable! But never fear: For every woe, there's a beauty hack—and we've got you covered. Here are eight of the best holiday beauty hacks (including one of our favorite skin care products, a rosy tone-enhancing moisturizer) to get you through the over-indulging, turkey-eating, gift-wrapping season without looking anything less than gorgeous.

Holiday Beauty Hack #1: Make Your Lipstick Last

Whether you’re sipping on champagne, kissing relatives on the cheek, or simply staying up all night, the last thing you need is for your lipstick to be gone in a matter of minutes—worst of all if the evidence is left on your elderly aunt’s face. You’ll want to nix lip gloss for the occasion and opt for a matte lipstick instead. Smooth a lip primer onto your pout, as this can help your lipstick apply smoothly and wear evenly. Then, top it off with a matte lipstick, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-Traction Red, for a lip that will be perfect when paired with an ugly holiday sweater or LBD on New Year’s Eve.

Holiday Beauty Hack #2: Create the Appearance of Glowing Skin

Nothing makes us feel more like children than the holidays, taking us back to the years of excitedly searching for where our parents hid the presents and existing almost solely on candy canes. While this time of year may have you feeling young at heart, there’s no guarantee your skin will match. Take a moment to review pictures of yourself from the holidays of your childhood, and they’ll likely have one thing in common—a complexion with a natural pink tone. That rosy pigment is a mark of youth that tends to disappear with age, but thankfully it can be revived in time for the holidays. It’s all about choosing the right moisturizer. If you have mature skin, use the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Moisturizer every morning, for skin that looks visibly younger with continued use over time.

Holiday Beauty Hack #3: Tame Static with Hairspray

A winter wardrobe is just asking for a messy mane. To tame flyaways and those bound-to-happen static moments throughout the holidays, grab an extra toothbrush, spritz it with a strong-hold hairspray, like the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold, and gently comb problematic spots down.

Holiday Beauty Hack #4: Get Lashes That Really Pop

Make your eyes really pop for holiday parties by coating your lashes with mascara from root to tip. But do you always get it on your eyelids? Try this hack: Place a spoon on your eyelid and brush the L’Oréal Paris Lash Paradise Washable Mascara up your lashes, along the spoon. You’ll get bold-looking lashes without having to worry about mascara getting everywhere. Win, win.

Holiday Beauty Hack #5: Fake a Pretty Winter Flush

Whether it’s from the chill in the air or a glass of wine, one of our favorite beauty looks of the holiday season is pretty, flushed cheeks. Re-create this look by using your lipstick instead of bronzer. Pick a shade of pink in a creamy formula and blend, blend, blend it into your cheekbones.

Holiday Beauty Hack #6: Keep Your Updo in Place

There’s practically nothing worse than doing an elaborate updo for a holiday party that falls out after just an hour. The key to giving your hair more hold is in how you utilize your bobby pins. Give your pins extra staying power by laying them out on a paper towel and spraying them with a generous coat of the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold. Let them dry, and when you put them in your hair, you’ll be good to go for as long as you can possibly party.

Holiday Beauty Hack #7: Brighten the Look of Your Eyes

Spent a few late nights preparing for the holidays and celebrating with family and friends? Create the appearance of brighter-looking eyes with the help of white eyeliner. Carefully place the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner in White on your waterline to open them up. Finish off your under-eye disguise with a bit of camouflaging and brightening concealer.

Holiday Beauty Hack #8: Temporarily Hide Gray Roots

You don’t show up to a major holiday event with your gray roots showing. If you’re pressed for time this holiday season and can’t fit in a touchup at the salon or home, reach for the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up Spray, which comes in a variety of blonde, brown, red, and black shades. Spray directly onto new growth and partly through the rest of your hair to blend in the color—it’ll last for one shampoo.

For more holiday beauty tips, check out our article, 7 New Year’s Eve Makeup Looks for Your Eyes.

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