An Elevated Festive Makeup Look for Christmas Day

Updated 12/14/17

If you've ever watched Kath & Kim you'll be familiar with the concept of "teaming with the theme", whereby one customises their outfit and/or beauty look to suit a particular occasion. While Kath might have been all about pairing a Coogi knit and gumnut baby earrings for, er, just about anything, we're vibing on a more elevated combo this holiday season. Enter: Oscar de la Renta’s Summer '16 runway beauty look. If you ask us, this red lip and ribbon-adorned pony pairing is perfect for Christmas Day; it's festive enough to rep your holiday spirit but doesn't venture into light-up elf brooch territory.

It's so foolproof, in fact, you can wear it anywhere—no matter the dress code, it works. Having a casual family lunch? Switch the matte lipstick for a glossy stain. Need to make it black tie? Add a dramatic swish of black liquid liner to dress it up. Keep scrolling to see the look!

 

 

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Makeup artist Diane Kendal drew on this perfect pout using MAC Lip Pencil ($30) in Follow Your Heat, then dusted translucent powder over the top for a matte effect. For something a little less fuss on Christmas day, choose a matte pencil like Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($39) in Cruella. A lo-fi stain works for barbecues and casual lunches; we recommend YSL Rouge Pur Couture ($52) in Rose Brulant. If your holiday gathering is a little more glamorous, add a graphic lick of black cream liner to lids to dress it up.

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Have you ever seen such a pretty ponytail? It's somehow refined and relaxed, which makes it on point for any occasion. Hairstylist Guido Palau created this look by applying Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer to prep, then blowdrying hair smooth. Next, he combed in an off-centre part, added a little tease to the crown, then pulled everything back and secured with elastic. Don't forget the finishing touch—a simple grosgrain ribbon. Simple, right?

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