You’ll dazzle at every holiday soiree with these genius shortcuts from Instagram’s beauty experts.
Is your schedule packed with holiday parties this month? Prep your face, hair, and makeup with these tried-and-true tips from social media influencers.
Try a classic updo that anyone can do
"The easiest way to score polished hair without spending hours in the salon comes down to this hair accessory: Oribe Geometric Gold Plated Metal Hair Stick. Whether my hair is messy or dirty, I’m able to gather it into a chignon and slide this in to secure an easy updo."
Master the two-step smoky eye
"A smoky eye doesn’t have to be fussy. I don’t even use a brush, so all it takes is a finger, a matte brown shadow, and a lighter, shimmery shade. Using your ring finger, gently buff the matte shade onto your lid—the smudgier, the better. Tap the sparkly shade on the center to brighten it up, and voilà! A smoky eye in seconds." We like Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette ($75; nordstrom.com).
—Laura Sanchez, @laura_makeup
Learn how to never take a bad picture again
"This little adjustment makes all the difference. Pull your shoulders back and tilt your head a bit instead of looking straight into the camera. The angle is more interesting to look at, but most important, it’s a great way to show off your features."
Cop a Victoria’s Secret model glow
Carry these three things in your clutch
"I like to keep a few things on hand for beauty emergencies: concealer to hide any last-minute imperfections, an eyeliner that can double as a lipstick (go for a neutral hue), and a multipurpose balm that can be used on everything from eyes to lips, or on cheekbones as a highlighter."