Sparkle and shine at every holiday party with hair and makeup tips from Philly’s top beauty experts.
Make a timeless statement with red lips this holiday season.
Outdo the brightest holiday lights by following the latest hair and makeup trends that will more than dazzle. We pulled the best tricks and timesaving tips from Philly’s beauty experts to guide you through every holiday event before 11:59 pm New Year’s Eve.
Prep for Pretty
Whether you’re working with a stylist or makeup artist—or both—for your office cocktail party or favorite holiday bash, it helps to come prepared. For hair, skip shampooing that day. “If you’re planning on getting an updo, we always recommend clients come with ‘dirty’ hair,” says Dana Morrison of Heads & Tails Beauty Boutique (265 S. 19th St., 215-875-8343). “Wash it the day before your appointment to maximize volume and hold.”
For makeup services, you can begin to create a flawless canvas by using a few key products, according to Joe Gaglioti of Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa and Salon (243 W. Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, 610-459-4663). “Prep skin by using a cleanser, followed by a hydrating face serum and a suitable moisturizer,” he says. “Then prep eyes with a light eye cream to help minimize the look of fine lines.”
And when in doubt, it never hurts to book a trial run. “Sometimes all you need is a consultation,” says Gaglioti. “A quick lesson with a professional is a great way to answer your questions.”
For perfect holiday waves, try volumizing mousse. Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse ($28), Treatment Light ($43), and Moisture Repair Shampoo ($22). The Spa Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, One Logan Square, 215-963-1500
Let your hair make a statement this season with classic yet on-trend updos that are updated old-Hollywood glam. “A lot of what we’ve seen on the runway and red carpet are classic updo shapes with a modern twist,” says Sam Lehman, president of Adolf Biecker Salon and Spa (1605 Sansom St., 215-735-6404). “The best way to achieve that in the salon is to ask for a softer or textured version of the classic French twist, which is traditionally tight and stiff. A more windswept, lived-in version gives it edge. Remember, cool equals effortless.”
Let your hair down if you prefer new Hollywood, but play up a more relaxed style with the right dress. “Wearing your hair down is perfect for a strapless dress and draws the eye to the collar bones and elongates the neck,” says Edmondo Blando of Salon Vanity (1701 Walnut St., 3rd Fl., 215-925-2211). “Use the words ‘loose’ and ‘unkempt’ to let your stylist know you’re looking for a laid-back but glamorous style. Don’t be afraid to use a lot of hair spray or even bobby pins to keep waves in place.”
Keeping travel-sized products in your clutch will make your look last through the night. “We absolutely cannot live without Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray,” says Morrison. “It’s a cross between a dry shampoo, hair refresher, and hair spray. A few sprays on roots can bring a style back to life and get you an additional day out of your blow-out.”
Stand out with dramatic eyes this holiday season. Both formal and fun cocktail events call for a bit of creative intensity paired with a healthy dose of restraint.
“Winged eyeliner is a great way to instantly add a little drama to your holiday look,” says Gaglioti. “It’s perfectly suitable during the day and transitions beautifully to the most fashionable evening scene.”
All of our experts agree that the best way to get the perfect, dramatic eye is to skip the pencil and start with cream liner. Apply it with a slightly stiff, flat bristled brush, pushing the liner into the underside of the base of the lashes. Then apply to the base of the top of the lashes, to fill with a subtle, solid line. Layer little by little to go from barely there to major definition.
Red lips are a timeless way to make a style statement, but wearing them takes practice. “A beautiful red lip is awesome for the holidays,” says Donald Moore of Calista Grand (1211 Wilmington Pike, West Chester, 610-399-6677). “Wear red a few times before going out on the town, though—it’s an amazing look, but it can take a little getting used to.”
If you want to vamp up the classic hue with an ample dose of sexiness, try a trendy fuchsia tone. Keeping lips impeccable throughout the night is a must. “Always use a lip primer first for prep and staying power,” says Gaglioti. “Layer your lip products with a waterproof gel lip liner, followed by lipstick and then gloss if you want shine. Make them matte by adding powder to your lips.”