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Yeah, we're just as shocked as you to see in-store Santa displays and gift guides going out in droves. Where did the year go? November's going to whiz by in a blur just like the rest of those months, so, we're getting ahead of our style game — especially since the holidays are the time to impress all of those people you may only see annually.
With that in mind, we've enlisted the crazy-talented (and fun!) M.A.C senior makeup artist, John Stapleton, to show us how to shine like a red-carpet star with three dazzling and distinctive looks. Whether you want to sip vino rocking a killer Cabernet lip like Dita (watch the teeth!), unwrap the secrets to that gilt glow you see in the klieg lights, or just surprise 'em in a retro cat-eye and poppy lip, you'll blow your fellow partygoers away with your mad makeup skills!
Photographed by Molly Cranna
Alexa Chung is never one to slip up on the red carpet — even when wearing hard-to-pull-off trends like mock necks. And, we find it doubly impressive how the It Brit also translates that same irreverent feel to her off-duty styles.
To be sure, Chung has the whole not-trying-too-hard thing down pat — or, at least, read
Holiday weekends are flush with party invitations. The trick is making sure those invites keep coming. Outfit yourself with the right bag — and stuff it full of perfectly-curated host gifts. read