Holiday Glam: Carol Brodie’s Top Tips for Sparkling this Season
HOLIDAY GLAM: MY FAVORITE TIPS FOR LOOKING FABULOUS ALL SEASON LONG!!
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You know the feeling… the calendar is starting to fill up. The office party, church party, cocktails with family and friends, a special night out or the pot luck holiday block party. It starts with Thanksgiving on November 24th and the party will continue through New Year’s Day. With some sparkling jewelry and simple beauty and styling tips, you can get your glam on in minutes and spend more time celebrating the season with family, friends and even me on HSN.
1. Glitter Glam Nail Polish for Holiday Manicures
Over the top, party-ready nails are coming up big for the holiday season. Did you know that you can layer your polish just like you layer your jewelry? Start with a pale pink or jewel tone polish and add a coat of sparkle (I love this confetti polish) over two coats of your favorite nail color. For a glamorous party look, add on my newest stackable rings because your hands should suggest you’ve never done anything more strenuous in life than lift a cocktail. Add on layers of pearls and gems and you are party perfect!
2. Go for Glow: Everyone Looks Gorgeous in Candlelight
Not everyone has a fireplace to sit around for that warm, low-lit atmosphere. Stock up on yummy candles (or glowing flameless) to brighten up your holiday décor. And why not illuminate your face by adding glow and sparkle with my newest goddess door knocker earrings or the perfect gemstone and diamond studs? A sparkling drop earring and pendant is my secret tip for adding glow to my face and décolletage all year long.
3. The Look: Cat-Eyes
Sophia Loren was fond of applying black liner slightly beyond her eyes, even angling the tip down subtly to accentuate her natural almond shape. Piles of mascara completed her signature va-va-voom look. Today’s cat-eye looks can be dark and vampish one moment, then refined and polished the next. The trick is in the angle of the flick—a straighter line conveys grace while a harder, curled edge is more rock and roll.
Once you create dramatic eyes, add on an evil eye for protection from those not-so-well-meaning holiday shoppers (you know the type… in the parking lot, on line for check-out, etc…)
4. Plan the Perfect Stay-Cation
I have perfected the art of the holiday stay-cation! Starting in early December, my secret obsession is Tan Towels — they give my winter white skin a golden glow. To balance stress, I meditate — conjuring of images of ocean breezes, golden warm sun and vibrant emerald green grass and breezy palm trees. Inspired by these wonderful wishes for sea foam and waves, I created my Caribbean Holiday collection. It features calm milky aqua, vibrant green agate and oceanic London blue topaz designs. This set is meant to capture the ease and breeze of a seaside holiday – no matter where your travels take you.
5. Color Crash Course – Purple Passion
This year I have replaced the traditional color holiday red, with everything in hues of lavender, violet and purple. It was the favorite color of Kings and Queens and it is considered the color of royalty. A mysterious color, purple is associated with both nobility and spirituality. Keep last year’s little black dress or pants suit and instantly update the look with a sophisticated splash of purple passion. Try a purple polish, instead of red… it is absolutely pure passion!!!!
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