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What’s not to love about the holidays? The indulgent food. The beautiful lights. And the excuse to ramp up your ensemble with a little bit of sparkly glam. Seriously, December is the best time to play with new looks and go a little bit outside of your comfort zone during all of those fab parties and get-togethers.

But like any polished look, it’s a good idea to know your limits. Just because ’tis the season of glitter doesn’t mean you need to take a bath in it, right? Or…does it? Here are some helpful do’s and don’ts when it comes to concocting your perfect holiday style.

DO: Add a soft shimmer to your lids

Gold, rose gold, bronze and other soft metallic finishes can be complementary to your skin tone while giving you a whole lot of statement. Pair the look with a little contouring and some dramatic black eyeliner and mascara.

A photo posted by mel (@mellypatrice) on

DON’T: Layer on thick shimmer

This silver finish isn’t the end of the world, but paired with the purple and black eye shadows? There’s way too much going on with this look. If you want to avoid looking like an extra in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, bring it down just a notch.

A photo posted by Golden Glam (@goldenglam246) on

DO: Match colours and stick to the upper lid

That’s not to say you can’t go for dramatic sparkle. Here, the thick coat of glitter compliments the black on the upper lid. The look is polished off with a little black liner and a heavy helping of mascara.

DON’T: Surround your entire eye in glitter

You want to invoke the glitz and glam of the holidays, not look like you just arrived from an outdoor music festival.

A photo posted by Nicole Hofman (@nicolehofman1) on

DON’T: Bling out your lips, too

If you’re looking to do a sparkly finish on the lips, keep the lids neutral and vice-versa. Going all out and decking those halls from top to bottom just looks messy and unrestrained. (In a bad way, not the good way.)

DO: Add an accent nail or two

Nail art continues to be the rage, so go with your basic red, green, gold or silver and then add an accent nail or two (use decals if your artistic skills leave something to be desired). It’s the perfect way to add a little flare to your fingers.

A photo posted by Melissa ♡ (@melcisme) on

DON’T: Add glitter to every nail

And while we’re on the subject, stick to two, maybe three colours max. Otherwise it may look as though you’ve dipped your fingers into a child’s art project.

A photo posted by Melissa Deane (@podnailstudio) on

DO: Do let your nails completely dry

This manicure could have been saved. Unfortunately the person who did it forgot she had something in the oven and it was melty Christmas trees for her. Don’t make the same mistake–if you’re going to do your own manicure, make sure you have ample time for your nails to properly dry.


DO: Add some glitter to your part

Glitter hair is a thing and we can’t get enough of it. And finally, now that the holidays are here, we have an excuse to break it out. Pick a glitter that somewhat matches your tresses and go for a “sparkly kiss” kind of look. As in, just kiss the top of your part with a little bit of bling for a maximum effect.

A photo posted by Lure Locks (@lurelocks) on

DON’T’: Colour block

There are times for rainbows, but this isn’t one of them. Adding too many different layers of colour brings us all the way back to October and Halloween.

DO: Pick a statement piece

This can be a shimmery dress, skirt or top–the trick is to then pair the piece with a more neutral basic. A plain white or black t-shirt or blouse is the perfect complement to a skirt like this and keeps it pretty, not kitschy.

DON’T: Deck yourself out from head to toe

This goes for glitter and loud suits, too. You want to look like a gift, not like gift wrapping…right?

A photo posted by mrfish83 (@mrfish83) on

DO: Pair glittering dresses with neutral accessories

Holiday dresses are pretty much the best. But if yours has a lot of razz, try to pull it back just a little with neutral accessories. Going the opposite route and pulling out a LBD for the big office soiree? Then by all means, please break out the chunky jewels, glimmering bags and rhinestone belts. It’s Christmas, after all.