3 Holiday Beauty Looks That'll Take You From Professional To Party In Minutes

by Martha Adams

When you have very little time to switch up your beauty look between an office meeting and a holiday happy hour, you've got to have a plan in place. Sometimes you only need to add one thing to completely glam up your style. So, SELF talked to the makeup professionals to get their quick-change secrets. Hint: Pack a red lipstick in your party clutch.

This article originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of SELF.

Cherry Picking

When you want to be party-ready ASAP, red is a winning choice. “A super vivid color feels modern,” says Sam Addington, the makeup artist behind these looks. Shades with a hot-pink base, as shown here, flatter fair and dark complexions alike. Balance the boldness with a soft cream blush.

Lipstick: Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in Absolute Rouge, $32. Earrings: $119; AmberSceats.com . Ear Cuff: $324; AllisonBryan.co.uk . Dress: Tory Burch, $595; NeimanMarcus.com .

Top Tips

“Your mani can be just as stylish as your outfit,” says nail artist Miss Pop. To create her design, shown here, apply two coats of a white lacquer. Dip a striper brush in rose-gold polish, then paint an X shape from the tip to the cuticle line. Fill in the upper and lower triangles of the X, then paint a black diamond where the two triangles meet. Done!

Polishes: Sonia Kashuk in White Lie, $5; RMS Beauty in Myth, $15 at Birchbox.com ; OPI in Black Onyx, $10; JCPenney.com . Earring: $235; Wwake.com . Ear Cuff: $324; AllisonBryan.co.uk . Ring: $156; VanessaGade.com . Dress: $995; PrabalGurung.com .

Gilded & Glowing

“Adding a metallic eye is an easy way to go from office to party,” Addington says. To get the look, use your fingers to apply a not-too-sparkly cream shadow, focusing on the center of lids. No need to reapply later—just dab on a clear balm for a first-place finish.

Eyeshadow: Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Mono Cream Eye Colour in Pure Gold, $37; Saks.com . Earrings: Paula Mendoza Jewelry, $300; PaulaMendoza.com . Dress: $2,345; Vionnet.com .

Styled by Dania Ortiz; Hair, Tetsuya Yamakata for Oribe Hair; Makeup, Sam Addington for Chanel Ultrawear Foundation; Manicure, Miss Pop; Model, Eliza Hartmann at Fusion.

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