Holiday beauty tips for less money

By Family Features
- posted Wed., Nov. 16, 2011
- Contributed Photo

The holidays are filled with occasions to see loved ones, relatives and old friends. With plenty of holiday parties and photo opportunities, you want to look your best, even if you don’t have hours to spend at the salon.

Style expert Lilliana Vazquez of offers some helpful tips on how to look sensational without breaking the budget:

Keep skin moisturized. With the dry winter air, make sure to keep your skin moisturized, especially when you’re showing more skin in cocktail dresses. One of Lilliana’s favorite inexpensive tricks that works wonders is coconut oil. It absorbs quickly into skin and smells amazing. You can also use it in your hair as a leave-in conditioner.

Add a splash of berry. There have been tons of berry tones on the runways, and one easy way to work them into your wardrobe is on your lips. A raspberry or burgundy shade is the perfect way to boost your holiday look. Make sure to keep lips moisturized before you apply. Try a sugar scrub or rich balm to keep your pout kissable.

Stay Smooth. One thing you want to avoid before you step under the mistletoe is unwanted facial hair. Make sure your face is smooth and photo-ready by using a depilatory or wax.

Show off your face. Don’t worry if you don’t have time for a blowout hairstyle. One of the chicest holiday looks is a chignon, which pairs perfectly with metallic-shaded eyes and strong lips that are hot this season. Try a low bun off to one side for a look that keeps the emphasis on you.

There you have it – some easy ways to look your holiday best without spending a lot of time or money. Now, that’s something to be merry about.

(Courtesy of Family Features)

Another way to put a beautiful glow on the faces of holiday revelers, while adding a magical quality to your everyday furnishings and table service, is to switch off the lights and flood your home with candlelight. Candles come in so many forms and sizes now, that you are sure to find just the right thing to set off your mantlepiece, to decorate the rooms that people will be visiting in, and of course to set your table.  Just remember not to leave candles in a room where there are no people, and keep them out of reach of children.

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