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Bombshell Beauty: Holiday Hair & Makeup Ideas

It's the most wonderful time of the year—for sweaters, snowmen, hot chocolate, and, of course, festive and glamorous holiday hair and makeup. We know you've got a lot of special parties to attend, so we've compiled all of our favorite holiday beauty video tutorials to keep you looking merry and bright.

Tiered Ponytail with a Holiday Twist

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'Tis the season for long, playful ponytails and big sparkly bows! If you're looking to add a little length to your hair but don't want to mess with extensions, this tiered ponytail is perfect. Top it all off with a festive ribbon from your wrapping paper collection, and you're ready for any holiday shindig.

Bouncy Curled Hairstyle

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Big shiny curls are holiday hair staples, whether they're part of a more complex 'do or simply standing alone. This season, break out your 1-inch curling iron, and adjust your curling technique for optimum bounce. For even more holiday spirit, deck your hair with a festive bow.

Heidi Braids Holiday Style

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This holiday season, punch up your braids with a large sparkly ribbon. Achieving this look is as easy as weaving a ribbon into your braids and tying a pretty bow on top. Plus, these braids are so versatile they'd be perfect for a holiday gala, a tacky sweater party, and anything in between.

Half-Up Retro Holiday Hairstyle

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For a festive look with some serious body and bounce, simply follow this retro-inspired video tutorial. This sexy style will take any holiday outfit to the next level whether you're attending a big party or looking for a glam office hairdo. Plus, it's achievable with a bit of teasing and a few basic hairpins.

Retro Hair Headband

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If tacky holiday headbands aren't your thing, this retro hair band just might be. This easy embellishment is just the thing to dress up a head of curls without outshining your fab holiday outfit. Simply wrap strips of your hair across the top of your head, and pin in place. Tease your crown for some extra '60s poof.

Ballerina Hair Bun with a Twist

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Of course, a ballerina bun is holiday-appropriate too, but this elegant twist on an old classic is sure to wow partygoers everywhere. Get this big messy bun by teasing your ponytail before twisting it into place. Then wrap loose pieces of hair around your bun for a little extra glam; in a few steps you can take your updo to a new level.

Bold Lip, Soft Eye

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If you're looking to spend a little time under the mistletoe this year, make sure your makeup look stands out in a crowd. To catch the attention of a special person, try this bold, brick-toned lip and soft, smoldering eyes. Before long, you'll both be stealing away to a deserted corner to do some seasonal smooching.

Outdoorsy Fresh Face

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If you're not looking for a lot of glitz and glam this season, give this fresh-face look a try. A warm, neutral palette with matte finishes is all you'll need for this subtle but elegant look. After all, you don't need to sparkle to really shine.

Metallic Gold Smokey Eye

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On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: gold smokey eyes! There's no need to be shy with your makeup during the holidays; daring looks like this one go perfectly with glitzy seasonal decor. So, pat on the loose gold pigment and matte black shadow; this eye look has the perfect amount of sparkle and drama.

Silver Smokey Eye

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Silver and gold. Silver and gold. The holidays wouldn't be complete without silver and gold. This showstopping silver eye is easier than it looks. Pair it with a shiny nude lip, and it's perfect for any festive party from Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve.

Soft Evergreen Smokey Eye

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These eyes are as festive as a Christmas tree and as dramatic as a metallic or black smokey eye, but they appear much softer. Combine a shimmery gold with a deep evergreen color for an unexpected but perfectly seasonal makeup look that is sure to impress.

Purple Glitter New Year's Eye

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Can you ever go too big on New Year's Eve? Not with this festive look, you can't. Ring in the New Year with a glittery pair of peepers and a subtly shiny nude lip. You'll have no trouble finding a handsome man to kiss at midnight—just bat these eyes his way.

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