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Update your Hair and Makeup Look This Christmas

With Christmas nearly here, it’s not just the food that needs preparation. Planning your festive hair and makeup look can save you loads of time when you’re busy rushing between friends and family. We’ve come up with 5 looks to take you from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day, so all that you have to do is turn up looking fabulous.

Christmas Eve

Whether you spend your Christmas Eve in a bar surrounded by friends, with children getting ready for Santa to visit or, at a traditional church service, the day is filled with fun and excitement. Christmas eve is a great time to play around with your makeup look to create something that you might not wear very often.

Reflect the day’s excitement and create a fun, playful look. Shimmery eyes always look festive and are a great way to experiment with new colours and textures. If you’re not feeling too brave, tap some glitter over your everyday eye makeup look for a quick, festive update.

Continue the fun look onto your lips this Christmas Eve. Reds, burgundies and deep pinks make a statement, look dramatic and hide any mulled wine stains on your lips!

For your hair, give your everyday ponytail a festive update with these 20 styles from Cosmopolitan. Keep your hair out of your face and still look stylish!

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Christmas Day

Christmas Day is always hectic so keeping your makeup look simple and understated ensures that you won’t have to worry about touch-ups throughout the day. Whether your hosting Christmas day at your house or, travelling to the home of loved ones, no doubt your morning will be stressful and so spending minimal time getting read is a must!

Nothing says Christmas quite like a red lip. Find a long-lasting shade that matches your skin tone and you won’t need to worry about your pout for the rest of the day! As for the rest of your makeup, keep it simple. A classic cat eye flick of black liner not only looks classy and sophisticated, it also helps to distract from tell-tale signs of a late night. Whether you were up late wrapping last minute gifts or celebrating into the early hours, black eyeliner hides tired eyes by directing attention away from the under-eye area.  Add lashings of mascara for a quick, easy chic Christmas day look!

Christmas day will be a busy one, so that last thing you want is to have unmanageable hair getting in the way. A cool, half up, half down hairstyle keeps the front of your hair out of your face whilst leaving the length to create a feminine look. Whether you want a top knot or to create a centre parted style, Marie Claire have 30  half up half down looks for you to try out!

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Boxing Day

For many people, Boxing Day is the first day of the Christmas period where they can truly relax. Presents have been wrapped, delivered, opened and played with and Christmas dinner has provided you with enough leftovers to last until the new year. Let your makeup look reflect your relaxing day and stick to natural colours and a ‘barely there’ style.

Create a soft smokey eye using neutral shades of pink, peach and brown and add minimal mascara to avoid making your eyes looking too harsh. Add a sweep of peachy blush and sweep some tinted balm over your lips to keep them hydrated through another day of indulging in festive treats.

Give your hair a break from styling this Boxing Day. A top knot is a great way to get all of your hair out of your way, enabling you to relax without worrying about ruining your perfectly curled or straightened locks. Make your top knot messy or neat to suit your personality and accessories with scrunchies, clips and bobby pins.

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New Years Eve

New Year’s Eve is undoubtedly the biggest party night of the entire year. You’ve spent weeks looking for the dream dress and have made sure that your shoes, bag and accessories compliment it perfectly. A bold, dramatic makeup look is all you need to make sure you look and feel amazing as you wave goodbye to 2016.

A dark and glamorous smokey eye is perfect for New Year’s Eve. Change up your eyeshadow colours to compliment your outfit and to create a unique, individual look. Start by applying a light coloured base all over the eyelid, before blending a dark colour through the crease a finishing with a pop of your lightest colour in the innermost corner of your eye. Add layers of jet black mascara and false eyelashes if you really want to make a statement.

Keep lips simple if you’re going all out with your eye look. A nude or pale pink shade ensures that all attention is on your smokey eyes and ensures that you won’t spend all night in the toilet, topping up your lippy.

New Year’s Eve is a great opportunity to try our hairstyles that you wouldn’t usually go for. Whether it be a dramatic up-do or big, dramatic curls, go all out and try a new style as you celebrate the start of 2017!

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New Years Day

You may have had a big night out last night but New Years Day means that there are still family members to see before you end your festivities and head back to work.

Use a foundation with a dewy finish followed by a brightening concealer to cover dark circles and highlight the high points of your face. Next, use a white or nude coloured eyeliner to line your lower lash line, making your eyes appear brighter and less tired. If your skin is looking dull, use cream and gel products rather than powders to keep your it looking dewy and fresh, giving the appearance of a healthy, natural glow.

For your New Years Day hair, recycle last night’s style. Big, voluminous curls can soon become cool, beachy waves with a few pumps of salt spray while letting a few strands of your perfectly pinned up do down creates a messy, lived-in style.

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Prepare your hair and makeup looks this festive season and make sure that you’re looking your best for all of your Christmas get together’s.  Focus on spending time with your family, friends and loved ones without worrying about needing to top up your lipstick or redo your hair.

Brentwood Academy of Health and Beauty wish you a merry Christmas and a very happy new year!

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