Holiday fashion and beauty looks you'll love

By: Jennifer Melo

Dress: $175 at Banana Republic. Author: Canadian Living


Holiday fashion and beauty looks you'll love

By: Jennifer Melo
Whether you're hosting a small gathering at home or heading out to a big bash, 'tis the season to look your very best. So indulge your inner fashionista and reinvent yourself by wearing the holiday fashion and beauty trends that will suit you best.

That's right, ladies -- it's time to look hot for the holidays. Here's how.

1. Find your holiday fashion and beauty inspiration
For inspiring looks that you can alter to your liking, look no further than in Canadian Living's December 2012 fashion and beauty stories. Check out the latest holiday trends that will keep you looking fresh, as well as some great looks for guys as the Canadian Living editors style The Tenors in hot holiday fashions. 

2. Get gorgeous hands with a glittering DIY manicure
Katherine Flemming, Canadian Living's senior beauty and health editor, models the hottest manicure as nail art continues to stake its claim in the makeup and beauty-product spotlight. Dubbed as "the cocktail bling," a glitter-nail manicure is a fun way to add some sparkle to your ensemble. 

3. Next, try a new hairstyle
Will it be a simple ballerina bun, a fabulous fishtail braid or -- one of my all-time favourites -- a 1960's-inspired ponytail? There are plenty of quick and easy hairstyling options for pretty 'dos you can do yourself. 

4. Apply your makeup just right
Before you dig into your cosmetics case, brush up on some basic makeup application techniques demonstrated in the Canadian Living video library. Start with a flawless base by watching how to apply foundation. Then try the classic winged eye liner look, learn how to apply red lipstick just right and get the basics on how to apply blush.

5. Wear a hot holiday dress
Holiday fashion embraces glitz, glamour and luxe fabrics like velvet. Feminine lace and jewel-tone hues add elegance to the season's best outfits. Julia McEwen, Canadian Living's senior fashion and beauty editor, reveals the top 10 cocktail dresses that are sure to turn heads this holiday season. 

6. Accessorize
How will you add a little glitz to your holiday style? Why not try a flashy cuff, a hot handbag or a new necklace to complete your ensemble? Check out my three favourite  budget-friendly accessories that sparkle -- all perfect for the season.

7. Spritz 
There's something about fragrance that silently completes your look. Find your next signature scent with our editors' favourite fall 2012 perfume bottles pictured here. They'll see you through the winter while making pretty additions to your collection.

8. Fabulous footwear
It might be tempting to step out the door in your comfy slippers but every girl needs a pair of stylish black shoes for party season. 

9. A classy coat
Fend off winter's chill while looking great in one of the season's most stylish jackets and coats for $500 or less.

10. You're done. Relax and have fun!
Your fabulous new looks for the holiday are most magnetic when you're enjoying yourself. 

Holiday fashion and beauty trends are fun to explore, so why not try on a new look or two...or three, four or more? Just remember that no matter what you wear, the secret to looking hot for the holidays is to truly enjoy the company of your nearest and dearest -- and have a jolly good time.

Jennifer Melo is the senior web editor of, a die-hard fan of "lady" dresses (as she describes them), and an unwitting collector of lip glosses and nail polishes.
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Holiday fashion and beauty looks you'll love