It’s that time of the year again, and as your social calendar is overflowing with get-togethers and dinners with friends, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the pressure of always having to look your best, especially when there are so many cameras around. That’s where these superstar products come in, making it easier than ever to get glamorous at the drop of a hat.
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Who doesn’t want to look sun-kissed and toned in the middle of winter? Straight from Australia, this organic, glow-getting brand is starting to buzz stateside. Unlike typical self-tanners, this one smells like orange blossom and mandarin and hydrates while it works (the caramel tint delivers an immediate glow, but you can expect deeper color to develop in about six hours), so no one will suspect your tan is anything but authentic.
Holiday parties are surefire photo hotspots, and no one likes a yellow smile. But just when you thought your beloved teeth-whitening strips couldn’t get any better, Crest introduces a way to amp up the already-incredible results. Apply the strips like you would normally—be sure to leave them on for an hour—then apply the light tool to the upper and lower teeth until it shuts off automatically. The result: a brighter, whiter smile that can last up to 36 months.
A dark, voluminous set of lashes adds a hint of sex appeal to any look. Opt for a non-clumping mascara like YSL The Shock to glam up your look. Or, if you’re comfortable with falsies, look for a set like this one from Velour Lashes with an invisible lash band for a seamless finish. For a more delicate effect, cut a strip of lashes in half and place them on the outer corners of your lashes for a more subtle (but just as sultry) look.
Nails Inc. Wishing On A Star Nail Polish Set ($25)
Whether shaking too many hands or holding too many champagne flutes, all eyes are on your fingertips this season. This set from Nails Inc. includes four ideal holiday hues and high-gloss formulas to leave everyone lusting over your mani.
Red lips and holiday parties go hand in hand, and it’s important to find a formula that is as long-lasting as it is beautiful. This universally flattering hue works with all skin tones and dries to a perfect matte-yet-dewy finish for a holiday-ready look you’ll turn to throughout the year, too. Plus, the color comes in a tiny pot with a mirror to make any touch-ups easy.
If there were ever a time to give your hair a little more “oomph,” it’s now. Spray your favorite texture spray (if you don’t have texture spray, dry shampoo will work too) vigorously into your roots with your hair flipped over for a bombshell blowout in a flash. This one from Frederic Fekkai’s new line delivers perfect model-off-duty hair without any sticky residue.
No one needs to know what your sleepless nights have been doing to your skin with this high-coverage formula in tow. One swipe erases dark circles, brightens the area and smooths lines—its base formula is a skin-smoothing cream packed with hyaluronic acid, collagen and caffeine—so you can treat your skin woes as you seriously camouflage them.
No look is complete without your signature scent. A new extract of the cult-classic scent—think notes of jasmine, saffron and fresh-cut wood—this head-turning fragrance is sure to be your new go-to and guaranteed to end in a night of compliments. (It comes in a travel size that’s easy to slip into your clutch, too.)
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