Who said outfit changes are just about your wardrobe? It's much easier to change up your look with a few stealthy swipes of makeup and a hairbrush, after all—especially if you're in the backseat of an Uber. And while there's always the option to stick with one great uniform for an entire evening of festivities, one of the things we love about the holiday party season is that there are so many opportunities to play around with your look—even if all of those opportunities happen to fall on the same night.
Which brings us to our next point: During this busy time of year, we're sometimes double or triple-booked for three completely different events on the same day—your office party, a family dinner, and a late-night date, for example. No need to brainstorm a look that translates for all three: We've road-mapped two evenings with three looks each, specifically designed for easy transition with minimal tools and effort. (In other words, they can all be done in a tiny bar bathroom or car with just a minute or two to spare.)
Keep reading to see how to get amazing beauty mileage out of one night of party-hopping.
Kick off the evening with some understated elegance—which, by the way, makes transitioning from office to your evening's festivities gloriously easy. Simply create a sharp center part and pull your hair back into a sleek, low chignon. Top it off with Oribe's Superfine Strong Hairspray ($37) to combat flyaways and add some luster.
A swipe of red lipstick is a foolproof (and festive!) way to completely transform your look while you're cabbing to your next event. (MAC's Ruby Woo, $17, is always a solid option.) If you're feeling ambitious, add a luminous finish to skin with some highlighter—just be sure to use a pothole-proof stick formula, like Ilia's Polka Dots & Moonbeams ($34).
Now that the night is really getting going, it's time to let that hair down! The great thing about a chignon is that it'll leave tousled waves behind. Scrunch in some sea salt spray for a little more oomph, and go forth.
For your office's Secret Santa bash or early cocktails with friends, a low pony, and pretty, flushed cheeks is on point. Just remember that you have a whole night ahead of you, so plan accordingly: Before you pull back that pony, use your curling iron to add some loose waves—and don't wind that hair tie too tightly. Dab some of Benefit's Benetint onto your cheeks and lips and you're ready.
Next stop, a family shindig, or maybe a more formal office party. Slip on a jeweled headband to change up your 'do with minimal effort. As for your makeup, make a pit stop in the restaurant bathroom to swipe on a simple cat eye. (We can report that Sephora's basic Long-Lasting Liquid Eyeliner, $12, is 100% party-proof.) Finish the look off with a bit of rose-colored lip gloss.
Go out with a bang by vamping it up at your final stop. Start by adding liquid liner along your lower lash line to complete the feline eye look. Finally, undo your ponytail, part your hair to the side, and let those waves cascade down, Veronica Lake style.
Which night wins in your book? Have any tips for changing up your look while party-hopping? Sound off in the comments below!