Holidays: 12 Ways to Holiday Glamour Quick (cont.)

For holiday shimmer with a minimum of fuss, she says, simply use your regular daytime makeup, then lightly dust your whole face with a pale, shimmering, gold or silver powder.

6. Down with dark circles. To bring light to your face without glitter, use concealer, Jessup says. This is especially important during the holiday season, when too much eggnog and too little sleep can leave us with dark, aging under-eye circles. The trick to making your eyes pop: Choose a concealer in the same shade as your foundation -- or even one or two shades darker.

"Somewhere along the line, a trend started that involved the use of very light concealer around the eyes," says Jessup, "but all that does is make puffy tired eyes look puffier and more tired, by drawing attention to them."

To do it right, apply a darker concealer to puffy areas to reduce their appearance, then use a concealer in the same shade as your foundation to blend in the darker circles.

Dressing the Part

Of course, once you're made up to holiday perfection, you've still got one more thing on your to-do list: getting dressed. But if you follow a few rules of classic holiday style, it's easy to look chic quick -- even if you've got a few pounds to lose.

7. From basic to beautiful. Tall or short, fat or thin, all our experts say nothing is safer -- or more glamorous -- than the little black dress. But to turn it into a festive fashion statement, fashionistas say, turn to "of the moment" accessories. Among the biggest trends this year are short capes, shrugs, and evening wraps in faux fur, velvet, and sparkly knits.

"Not only are they instant 'now', but they can also cover up many trouble spots, like upper arms, or even a bulging midriff," says Nathan Cooper, executive editor of Life and Style Weekly.

The only caveat for wearing these shoulder-covering wraps, he says, is to keep your skirt narrow rather than full to get a balanced look.

8. Accentuate the positive. If you want to detract from figure flaws, Kramer says, be sure to choose clothing that plays up your assets.

"If you have great shoulders, choose an off-the-shoulder style; if you're got great legs, choose a short red skirt, but wear it with a black top to help detract from your hips or tummy area," says Kramer.

The eye always goes straight to color, Kramer says, so use it to bring attention where you want it.

9. The power of the pin. Cooper suggests pulling the same tomfoolery with jewelry, using the new brooch/pin sensation not only to focus attention where you want it, but to add a quick hit of glamour to any outfit.

"If you're in your office wearing a dark suit, just pin on a couple of very sparkly brooches and you can make your outfit cocktail-ready in no time," he says. He advises bypassing the standard one-pin-on-the-lapel look, and instead opting for a cluster of three -- two smaller pins and one dominant one nearer the shoulder.

"Or try them in unexpected places like at your waist, where the pin covers a belt buckle, or use it to close a cardigan or to give a new look to a plain black silk clutch bag," says Cooper.

A favorite evening look for Kramer is to pin the brooch in your hair. "Just close and lock the pin, slip in a bobby pin, and slide it in where you want the sparkle and shine," she says.

She advises keeping your holiday hairstyle simple, concentrating more on shiny, sleek tresses than oversized up-dos.

10. The joy of jewelry. If pins are not your thing, Cooper says another hot jewelry choice this year is the classic strand of pearls.

"We're seeing a lot of pearls on celebrities again, from dark grey or black pearls to classic white or champagne, in all lengths," says Cooper. "A lot of young celebrities are embracing this '50s classic look, and it's very chic and very now."

And still important this season: chandelier earrings. Kramer says they add glamour to any outfit. But do pair them with a simple, small necklace, or no necklace at all.

11. Fancy footwork. Nothing says sexy more than a great pair of stilettos. Add them to any outfit and voila, you're dressed up! But being fashionable doesn't have to mean being uncomfortable.

Experts say you can avoid some of the pain of wearing high heels -- particularly those sexy, strappy sandals that can cut into feet -- with "Glide," a lubricant used by bikers and runners to avoid chafing. Applied on the instep, toes and heels, it can help you dance the night away more comfortably, Kramer says.

For style that is both glamorous and comfortable, don't overlook this year's sexy ballerina flat or jeweled velvet low-heeled mule, Cooper says.

No glitzy shoes in your closet? Cooper suggests dressing up simple black pumps with buckles in rhinestone or velvet.

And, he says, do opt for a pair of fancy hose. A light texture with a lacy or fishnet pattern in black or a dark smoky grey adds glamour and up-to-the-minute style to that little black dress.

12. A fragrant finale. For a finishing touch that sends you out the door in a totally glamorous state of mind, nothing does it better than a whoosh of nighttime fragrance.

"You even walk different when you know you smell irresistible," Straley says. "A fragrance can not only make you feel more glamorous, it's the quickest way to convey the glamour signal to everyone around you, regardless of what you're wearing."

Originally published Dec. 22, 2004.
Medically updated Dec. 6, 2005.

SOURCES: Cheryl Kramer, beauty director, Redbook magazine. Craig Jessup, resident makeup artist, Kevyn Aucoin Cosmetics. Carol Straley, beauty director, Life and Style Weekly magazine. Patty Bunch, makeup artist, Will and Grace; spokeswoman, Cargo Cosmetics. Nathan Cooper, executive editor, Life and Style Weekly magazine.

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