PREPARE ahead of time.
If you are intending to try something new for the Christmas or New Year party, a trial "night in" will allow you to assess chosen colours and ensure that they work with your skin tone. It is great to test your hairstyle to see if it will last the night, and will give you some practice with your overall look.
KICK UP the makeup a notch
At this time of year, you can really have fun with your makeup by adding glitter and shimmer to your look. Brights are strong this year, and really take take your look to the top. Include red hues on the eyes for an ultra-festive look! Try smoky eyes and nude, glossy lips or go for festive gold or seasonal silver. If you are uncomfortable ouside your usual look, why not add a dot of shimmer and it blend into the middle of you r upper eyelids. This highlight will usually open up your eyes. Likewise, a dab of shimmer in the centre of your bottom lip will emphasise your pout.
Your hair can really add to your image so make the most of it. Ask a hair stylist for ideas when you go for your next cut or colour and try something new. Pick up some of the pretty accessories that brighten your hairstyle. DO NOT try a last minute home hair dye, it may result in a disaster.
PRETTY HEELS are ok when it is cold outside.
Don't forget to break in those new shoes prior to the party. This season's trends include buckled and laced shoes, kitten heels and wedges. A favoured look for party shoes plays on the recent obsession with velvet. If you can find a pair of velvet heels, they will really add a touch of modern glamour to your outfit. Embellished shoes always look pretty for Christmas and New Year parties too.
Gold and red dresses work well over the Christmas season, but if these colours aren't for you, try anything with some sequin detail, or dress up your look with gorgeous jewellery or an artifical fur wrap.