As holiday bashes start to fill your social calendars, ladies, fixating on the perfect couture for making the scene oughtn’t hog all your time and attention. Festive makeup, after all, can truly make a look. In that light, consider pairing your seasonal sartorial sizzle with one or more of these four hot cosmetic strategies:

Classic. Start with your regular makeup routine – wash, moisturize, cover, conceal and powder – before drawing a winged line on your upper eyelid, using a black liquid eyeliner. Next, coat both your top and bottom lashes with black mascara. A wing and thick lashes combine perfectly for beauty and classicism. To finish the look, add a classic red lip liner and lipstick.

Glitz and glam. Apply your favorite glittery eye shadow – think metallic, such as silver, gold or rose gold – to your lids. Next, add a matte brown shade to your creases for extra depth and dimension. Because your eyes star in your facial show, so to speak, use your favorite nude lip color to create the perfect neutral-looking pout.

Bold. Pack your lids with any gold shimmering eye shadow. (To emphasize the pigment even more than usual, dampen your makeup brush before dipping it into the shadow – a wet brush makes eye shadows look extra pigmented and shimmery.) Next, apply eyeliner and mascara however you prefer. Then, treat your lips with a dark purple or red lip liner, filling them in with a dark, vampy lipstick – a gorgeous look for any holiday gala, but especially New Year’s Eve.

Simple. Apply your makeup normally, making sure to give your cheeks the attention they deserve. Then, apply pink blush to the apples of your cheeks, blending it out. Because you’re going for a flushed-cheek look, incidentally, feel free to use the blush generously. To complement those blushing cheeks, add a dusty rose lipstick to your lips.

Experimenting with new makeup techniques always makes for great fun, especially around the holidays. So if you’ve always wanted to try a fun, festive makeup look, ladies, take the time to make it happen this season!

Kimmie is LN's Beauty Buzz columnist. Specializes in helping women with fashion and beauty tips on her blog. Wife, dog mom, and shopping enthusiast.

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