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8 Gorgeous Makeup & Hair Ideas to Brighten Up the Season

I'm obsessed with these chrome metallic nails. They are gorgeous! I'm not so sure about the "halo eye" – it's a bit too severe for me – but there is something on this list for everyone.

Bari Schorr The Good-Life Guru

PureWow

Between nonstop holiday gatherings and increasingly dreary weather, we could use a little pick-me-up this time of year. And nothing does the trick like a new lipstick or a fresh ’do. While we can’t promise every party will be a winner, we can ensure that at least you’ll look flawless while you’re forced to make small talk. Here are eight ideas to try.

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Brown Smoky Eye + Oxblood Lip

A slightly moodier take on the classic red lip and smoky eye, and you don’t need Cara’s bone structure to pull it off. The reason it works? The whole thing stays within the same warm-toned palette.

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Undone Dutch Braid

Take a cue from J. Law – or Elsa in Frozen – and let your braid go a little wild at the crown. It instantly takes the look from “eighth-grade piano recital” to “bring on the champagne.”

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“Halo Eyes” + Nude Lip

Hello, dreamy. This ethereal look is the beauty equivalent of this season’s velvet: soft, luminous, and majorly on-trend.

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A More Intense Teal Halo Eye

Want something more dramatic than ethereal? Go all out mermaid on your eyes with a more pigmented shade. Just remember to keep everything else natural to avoid looking too paint by numbers.

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Chameleon Chrome Nails

The season’s usual shimmery nails get an upgrade with this mood-ring-esque shade, which changes color with the light. Is it bronze? Green? Whatever it is, we want it.

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Exaggerated Cat-Eye + Glowy Skin

Not looking for anything too dramatic? Give your everyday face just a little more oomph – and make your skin glow in the process.

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Hair Pearls

We’ve sung the praises of hair jewelry before, and these lustrous combs are the epitome of simple elegance. (Bonus: No tricky styling required.)

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Gemstone Nails

No, we don’t mean actual bedazzling – we mean chic, geometric colorblocking that makes a wine glass selfie oh-so-fancy. Bonus: These gels are five-free (read: nontoxic) so your talons won’t have to suffer in the name of holiday cheer.

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