From the daily archives: "Monday, December 22, 2014"

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It’s party season, which means you probably already have your cocktail dress and fancy shoes and festive jewelry all picked out. You’re probably planning to finish off the look with a red lip, tastefully black liner and a classic chignon or french twist. But I’ve got a better idea: neutral makeup with one bold feature and loose air-dried hair. Taking hair and makeup down a notch will give your formal attire a youthful twist that cool and sexy instead of formal and stuffy. It’s a great way to update your idea of dressed up. Click the style notes for steps to pulling it off. –– Laura Martin

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voluminous high ponytail

It’s good to get messy from time to time, especially when it comes to our hair. There’s no denying that a textured ponytail around the holidays, or really anytime is totally glamorous and easy to do. We’re all for perfectly imperfect hair, so we’re filling you in on how to rock a messy ponytail for all your parties and soirées. Click through to style notes to get the know how. –– Michelle Rotbart

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Paprika gives food an earthy sweet flavor that feels warm and bright. It’s great sprinkled over just about any savory dish; its mild flavor enhances and adds complexity without taking over. Soft copper provides a similar effect on most skin tones, adding a rosy glow that’s flattering but not attention grabbing. Add this hue to blonde and light brown shades for a lovely season update. Click the style notes for the formula and tips on application. –– Laura Martin

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When falling into bed after a long day the last thing you’re thinking about is your hair, but you’ll think about it plenty in the morning when you wake up with a knotted, tangled mess. These three styles will take you less than five minutes to throw together in the evening and you’ll wake up looking fabulous, no styling required. You can use the extra time you have in the early hours to get some more sleep, go for a run, or make a real breakfast. This may be the key to your New Year’s resolutions. –– Laura Martin

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