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  • Mary Costanzo Schwaller: Get your holiday party pizzazz

  • I love December. It is full of warm gatherings, shimmering decorations and heartfelt gift giving.

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  • I love December. It is full of warm gatherings, shimmering decorations and heartfelt gift giving.
    With all that said, it is a very busy time as well. I don’t know about you and yours, but me and mine are shuffling from one event (or practice or game or music lesson or school program or school or work) to another. I’m sure some of you have about the same pace this month, which makes it a challenge to even think about throwing extra time in there for the perfect outfit, makeup and hair for the office Christmas party or the New Year’s Eve bash.
    But it is so fun to dress up and add a little glitz and bling to this whole holiday thing! I will begin with a few quick tips for your hair, makeup and nails that will add sparkle and shine for a pretty party perfect look.
    • For a perfect pucker: Always keep your lips moisturized. This is the most important thing to remember. No one wants to kiss dry cracked lips. Nope, they are too scratchy.
    Try a sugar exfoliate on your lips to help keep them in good shape. We sell one from Clinical Care that is called Sugar Lips. It works really well and has a plumper in it also. Be vigilant with your moisturizer, especially if you are wearing a long-wear or smudge-proof lipstick every day. These products are dry and tend to draw moisture out of your skin, so really moisturize at night.
    By the way, those long-wear lip colors really are nice if you don’t have time to reapply during the day or if you are planning on standing under the mistletoe. If you don’t have any, I always suggest using your lip liner (in a color that matches your gloss or lipstick – not darker) to line your lips and then fill in with that liner color for a longer lasting effect. You can apply a softer lipstick or gloss over, and when that wears off, your lips will still be stained with the liner color. This works with layering the long-stay lip color with gloss on top as well. If you are looking for a full, pouty look, add just a bit of a lighter shade of lip color to the middle of your lips, blending well for a highlighted effect.
    • Gorgeous eyes: I am love, love, loving all the great cat eye eyeliner that has come into vogue this season. If you are a scaredy cat, just start by adding more liner to your upper lid and try out a liquid liner.
    The type that looks like a fine point marker is much easier to use.
    If you are feeling bold, you can go for the full-blown cat eye. This can be accomplished by using scotch tape in an angle from your lip line out at an angle extending past the corner of your eye. Add another piece under your eye so what is exposed can be filled in with a black eye shadow or powder liner with a slightly damp liner brush.
    Page 2 of 2 - When you are finished, let it dry and set for a minute, then remove the tape to reveal a perfect cat eye! Or, if you wish, you can go glam and use the cool, trendy glitter eye shadow over your lower lid to sparkle and shine all evening long.
    • Full-blown hair: Don’t forget to add something special to your blow out just before any holiday party this year. At the very least, you can add a little fullness in the crown and some shine spray, but I am really seeing and doing more full, soft curls.
    Pull out your Velcro rollers or even hot rollers for a fun, flirty look. Even bending the ends of your short hair with your iron and adding a texture paste or crème to muss it up will change up your look. A blingy headband is fun as well – even on short locks.
    • Flattering fingers: The hottest paint this month comes from OPI’s Muppet collection. The color to have is “Getting Miss Piggy With It.” What a hoot. The color is a very clear, very glittery red.
    These are just a few things to keep in mind and maybe save a little time while you are coasting into the New Year!
    Have a beautiful day!
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