Whether you’re the host or guest, during the holidays, it can feel like all eyes are on you. Use the following tips to help you look your best at any family function or workplace gathering.

  • Take chances and try some of the latest trends in makeup or fashion. Also, find something that enhances your skin tone and flatters your figure
  • Accentuate your favorite parts of you, which will draw attention away from your less well-loved areas
  • Simplify your beauty routine with an easy-to-maintain hairstyle and natural-color makeup that looks good with anything you wear
  • Try not to wear heavy makeup. A little pizzazz is always great, but you still need to choose colors that compliment your face and blend in well
  • Don’t forget accessories. They should be the finishing touch to your overall look
  • For some, this can be a stressful time of year, and that stress can show in your face and eyes. Be sure to delegate some of those responsibilities to your loved ones and get plenty of rest

Break through breakouts

Holiday stress can take its toll on your mental and physical well-being, leaving your nerves frazzled and your skin splotchy. To fight those splotches, switch to a cleanser that contains benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Have a problem pimple a few days before a big function? Use an ice pack to reduce the swelling, then apply a benzoyl peroxide cream to the spot using a cotton swab.

Puffy season

The added calories and alcohol that come with the holidays can have an impact, even giving you a puffy face. Holiday foods contain a lot of flavor and, in many cases, a lot of salt. Dilute the salt you’ve consumed by drinking a little extra water or caffeine-free beverages. A peppermint tea, which can also aid your digestion, will help keep fluids from pooling in your face overnight. Also, try sleeping propped up on an extra pillow on nights you’ve had too much salt.

Take if off

It may be the first thing you learned about makeup back in the day, but a surprising number of women still do not remove their makeup before bed. If you don’t have time to fully wash your face, keep some disposable wipes handy. It’s not the same as washing your face, but it’s better than sleeping with your makeup on. Remember, leaving on your makeup leads to clogged pores, which in turn can cause acne.