17 celebrity-inspired hair and makeup ideas to steal for the holiday party season
Holiday party hair and makeup idea: Kerry Washington’s big bun and bold eye
Get Kerry’s classic hairstyle with Conair’s easy-to-use bun-maker kit, $5. For a dark, intense eye, try Stila’s Kajal eyeliner, $18, which glides on smoothly, is easy to blend and smudge, and stays put.
Holiday party hair and makeup idea: Sofia Vergara’s long, soft waves and brown lipstick
Prep your hair with mousse (like this TRESemmé Climate Protection mousse, $5) or a lightweight styling lotion (like Bumble & Bumble’s styling lotion, from $8), depending on how well your hair usually holds curl. Then—instead of clamping and winding—grab two-inch sections of hair, hold by their ends and wrap them around the barrel of a two-inch curling iron, like this one from Hot Tools, from $26. Get Sofia’s brown-lipped look with a ’90s classic shade, Revlon’s Toast of New York, $8—making sure to blot for a matte finish.
Holiday party hair and makeup idea: Selena Gomez’s super-sleek waves and coral cheeks
Dab some protective smoothing serum on your hair (like Alterna’s Bamboo Smooth Anti-Break Thermal Protectant, $24) and set your locks with hot rollers (try Jillbere’s Ceramic 20 Roller Setter, $50). Remove the rollers after they (and your hair) have cooled; part, comb and tease the hair at the crown for added volume before securing with a lightweight hairspray. For glowing coral cheeks and lips, we love Tarte’s Amazonian 12-Hour Blush, $25, in Blissful, and Estée Lauder lipstick, $28, in Curvaceous Coral.
Holiday party hair and makeup idea: Kimberly Perry’s soft tousled layers and baby pink lips
For finger-tousled glossy waves like The Band Perry’s front woman, start by applying mousse (like John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease Curl-Reviver Styling Mousse, $6) or spray gel (try Frédéric Fekkai Coiff Bouffant Lifting and Texturizing Spray Gel, $25) depending on how much control you need. Diffuse-dry your hair—we’re fans of T3’s Featherweight Luxe Hair Dryer with Finger Diffuser, $250—and finish with a frizz-control hairspray, like Living Proof’s No-Frizz Wave/Curl Styling Spray, from $15.
Holiday party hair and makeup idea: Felicity Jones’ 1960s-inspired blunt bangs and lush lashes
“Like Crazy” star Felicity’s look here is so soft, pretty and retro. Leave the haircut to the pros—bring Felicity’s photo or one of Jean Shrimpton, Jane Birkin or Marianne Faithfull with you. For a lush eye, look for false eyelashes that crisscross—like these Shu Uemura Luxe Black lashes, $23—because they look more natural.
Holiday party hair and makeup idea: Natasha Henstridge’s loose waves and mauve lips
Spray damp hair with a setting spray (try Ouidad’s Styling Mist Setting and Holding Spray, $15) and roll two-inch sections in medium Velcro rollers (you can’t go wrong with Velcro Classic Stylers, $4). Blow-dry or air-dry—or try this Conair Pro Soft Bonnet Attachment, $10, that affixes to your hair dryer and fits over your head. For a glossy mauve mouth, check out Rimmel’s selection of colors, $6.50 each—we’re big fans of Crystal Mauve and Berry Queen.
Holiday party hair and makeup idea: Emma Stone’s casual pulled-back updo and smoky gray eye
To get Emma’s messy-chic texture, try a sea-salt spray—we like Davines’ Sea Salt Primer, $20, which imbues even the straightest of hair with volume and just the right amount of controlled muss. For a smoky, iridescent eye, look for a gray shadow palette—like this NP Set Eye Palette, $20, in the gray-navy colorway.
Holiday party hair and makeup idea: Amanda Seyfried’s curled-under locks and smudged liner
Blow-dry your hair with a large round brush, making sure to flick the ends inward and tease the hair at the crown for added volume. For Amanda’s super-sultry eye makeup look, try Nars’ Arabian Nights eyeshadow trio, $45—the deep purples are stunning—smudged upward and outward. Line the upper and lower lash starting from the inner edge of your iris (that’s the colored part of your eyeball—lining from here instead of from all the way in the inside corner makes your eyes look bigger) with a purple-black eyeliner (try Smashbox’s Limitless Eyeliner, $19, in Black Violet).
Holiday party hair and makeup idea: Michelle Williams’ pixie cut and rich chocolate eyeshadow
Don’t try this pixie cut at home! Bring Michelle’s photo—and Mia Farrow’s, Carey Mulligan’s and Natalie Portman’s, too—with you to show your stylist. Find a rich chocolate-brown eyeshadow that will complement your eye color and suit your skin tone—we like MAC’s Swiss Chocolate, $15.
Holiday party hair idea: Taylor Swift’s casual side ponytail
To replicate Taylor’s easygoing hairstyle, slick a tiny dab of smoothing potion through your strands (try Phyto’s Phytolisse Ultra-Shine Smoothing Serum, $30), choose your part—and blow-dry your part for a quick second to set it—tease the hair on and around the crown for a little oomph, and secure your hair loosely on one side, twisting the front few pieces away from your face as you fasten it.