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  • Schwaller: Accessorize for end-of-year parties

  • Party perfect or party pooped? I know this is a very busy time for most of us, but dazzle we must at all the parties and gatherings ahead. So here are some my favorite quick tricks to get party prepared in a fraction of the time.

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  • Party perfect or party pooped? I know this is a very busy time for most of us, but dazzle we must at all the parties and gatherings ahead. So here are some my favorite quick tricks to get party prepared in a fraction of the time.
    Foundation: Your makeup and hairstyle can be a great foundation for a holiday look. To make coverage for your face quick and easy, warmer tones of loose mineral powders add a natural-looking flush. Bold eyeliners in deep green work great on all shades of eyes. If you go bold with the liner, remember to soften up the rest. Try nudes or light shades of gold for your lip color. Then, add silvers and golds over the eyes to finish off this look.
    If the frizzies have you down by the end of the day, just mist your hair with a bit of leave-in conditioner and let it set in. Or, swipe a tiny bit of Bassu oil in it to help soothe those crazy hairs. For a party sparkle, there are shine sprays with glitter or mica in them for extra shine.
    Feathers, fur and finery: Over-accessorize during the holidays. Why not? Use lots of bracelets, in silver, red and gold. Or, try a gold or silver glitter nail polish tipping a gorgeous red nail. OPI has tons of great colors out just now.
    Amy Knipp, who owns Elizabeth Henry, 208 W. Lexington Ave., said the biggest trends this year are feathers, fur and animal prints.
    “It’s always nice to bling up a holiday outfit. This season you can change up any outfit with great accessories,” she said. “The fun part of it is, that you can wear the same dazzling pieces with your jeans to meet the gals for lunch – or with your little black dress for the New Year’s Eve gala. The same accessories can be worn for several different occasions.”
    Finally, I want to wish all of you a happy and healthy holiday season, a very merry Christmas and joyous new year.
    As always, it is a pleasure to be able to write my columns and meet many of you all year long. Thank you for reading my column and the newspaper. I will take next week off to be with my family, and then you can find my first column for 2012 in the January Jackie magazine.
    Have a beautiful day!
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