By Holly E. Thomas
Sunday, December 12, 2010; W10
Forget the tinsel, eggnog and mistletoe -- when it's time to prep for a holiday party, head to the makeup counter or the beauty aisle to create real sparkle. Whether you splurge on a fully loaded kit of colors or just add a new hue to your mani/pedi routine, here are a few suggestions for sprucing up your seasonal style.
A hallmark of Old Hollywood vixens, crimson lips were also a top trend on the fall runways, including that of Italian designer Luisa Beccaria. MAC's Pro Longwear lipcreme in Prolong, a true red, combines a light, creamy texture with a long-lasting finish. $16 at MAC stores and www.maccosmetics.com.
Neatly packed with 36 eyeshadows, nine lip glosses, three blushes and a bronzer, LORAC's Box Office Sensation train case will thrill your inner beauty junkie. The compact case features swing-out shelves loaded with shades ranging from tame to Technicolor, plus a mirrored lid for on-the-road applications. $56 at Sephora stores and www.sephora.com.
NARS's trio eyeshadow in Okinawa includes shades of silver, cobalt blue and black, key ingredients for putting a modern spin on the traditional smoky eye.$45 at department stores andwww.narscosmetics.com.
Inspired by the costumes and choreography in the newly released "Burlesque," OPI's 12 limited-edition holiday nail lacquers pack a glossy, gleaming punch. Slick on two coats of Tease-y Does It, a lush burgundy shimmer, or Extra-va-ganza, an orange glitter, for a party-perfect manicure. $8.50 at salons and beauty retailers.
If you're stepping out in a daringly short, sparkly cocktail dress strike a balance with natural, minimal makeup. But that doesn't mean boring -- choose a high-impact mascara such as Estee Lauder's Sumptuous Extreme, a mousse-like formula. $23.50 at department stores and www.esteelauder.com.