Kids, grandkids, husband, friends – everyone wants to spend time with you during the holidays. So let them! Spend more time enjoying holiday parties and less time getting ready for them by speeding up your beauty ritual. Get holiday-ready in a flash with these easy, no-hassle tips for hair and makeup.


“Holiday hair should have movement and personality,” says hair stylist and color specialist Greg Simms of Entebello Salon in Atlanta. “Volume is the key ingredient,” which can be achieved quickly and easily with these hair tips.

  • Party ponys: Place rollers in your hair for a few minutes. Then sweep hair up into a ponytail that will have volume and swing. Using the tip of a comb, or your fingers if they are nimble, pull out a sliver of hair and wrap it around the rubber band to cover it up.
  • Crowning glory: Partition small sections of hair around the crown. Lift each section, spray hairspray from behind, then tease slightly just one inch from the hairline to add subtle volume.
  • Gray matter: Disguise gray roots by creating a zigzag pattern down the part with the tip of a comb – it lifts the hair off the scalp and distracts the eye.
  • Take a powder: No time to wash? Rub baby powder at the roots to absorb oil and dirt. For colored hair, another option is Bumble and bumble Hair Powder, available in white, blonde, red, black or brown. For thinning hair, a powder-like keratin fiber, such as Xfusion, gives roots a significantly thicker appearance.
  • Go wide: Wear a wide headband in a festive fabric close to the hairline to hide roots or mid-crown to distract from dirt.


Denver makeup artist Randi Montier, a Bobbi Brown specialist and former aesthetician, says, if you’re short on time, focus on skin. “You want a bright, healthy-looking complexion first and foremost,” says Montier.

  • All clear: Use an all-in-one wipe, such as DermaSpa's Face Off (and On), to quickly cleanse, hydrate and treat skin.
  • Glowing review: Use a tinted moisturizer. Then sweep a light bronzing powder, such as Bobbi Brown Natural Bronzer, along the forehead, nose and apples of the cheeks.
  • Pucker up: Paint a long-lasting lipstick formula, such as MAC Pro Longwear, onto dry lips (do not use any liner or balm). Let dry for two minutes. Then sweep on a coat of gloss. Experiment with a brand that works for you; many really do last from day to night with a single application.
  • Done in 30 seconds: Four beauty essentials provide a polished party look: concealer, to brighten eyes; eyebrow pencil, to frame the face; mascara, to give length and lift to lashes; and lipstick, to finish the look.
  • Double duty: Use an all-purpose color stick, such as NARS Multiples. Pat the color onto eyelids, cheekbones and lips. Fini!