3 Perfect Beauty Looks For All Your Holiday Parties

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What do Gwyneth Paltrow, Sanaa Lathan, and Kerry Washington have in common? Well, for one, they're all beautiful, talented actresses. And, fun fact: They've all worked alongside Terrence Howard. Well, now you can add newcomer Grace Gealey to that list, too.
Born and raised in the Cayman Islands, Gealey's new to the industry, but once the new hip-hop drama Empire premieres on Fox next month, audiences are going to know her name. A series regular, the actress plays Anika Gibbons, head of A&R for Empire, the hip-hop record label run by Lucious Lyon, a.k.a. Terrence Howard (who her character is also dating). "We're both very independent," says Gealey of herself and her character. "And, very strong internally. Oh, and refined — well, I'd like to think I am! I know she is!"
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To celebrate Gealey's upcoming television debut, we got to know the actress in typical, Cher Horowitz-fashion: Makeovers! Ahead, using Gealey as our flawless model, we test out three super-easy, super-stunning beauty looks that are perfect for all of your holiday parties and festivities. Try them out yourself, and, don't forget to DVR Empire on January 7th!
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Sun-Kissed In The Winter
While bronzer in the winter sounds like it would be a definite no-no, most of us in L.A. tend to stay sun-kissed year-round. So, we decided to go with it and test out a wintery update to our go-to summer glow. The result? We're kind of in love.
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Take your eyebrow brush and lightly spritz it with your daily hairspray. Then, simply brush them up!
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Using a matte bronzer and a bronzer or blush brush, lightly brush the gallows of your cheeks, staying close to your hairline.
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Using the same matte bronzer, dust your lids with a large eyeshadow brush above the crease.
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Using your finger, lightly apply Vaseline to the center of the eyelid, right above the lash line.
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Pat the apples of your cheeks with a balmy cheek stain. Brill recommends Tarte Cheek Stain in Tipsy.
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To achieve a blurred, berry lip, apply one coat of Nars Matte Velvet Lipstick in Damned. Then, take a Q-tip and soften the outer edge of the lips with a light dabbing.
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Voila!
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The Modern Cat
A little bit '60s, a little bit modern, and whole lot of stunning.
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Using a white eye liner pencil, carefully line your bottom waterline.
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Using a dark grey or green eyeliner, create a thin cat-eye line, making sure the line does not extend beyond the ends of each brow. Lightly fill in the area between your upper lashes and the line you've drawn.
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Take your darkest black eyeliner and apply right along your bottom lash line.
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A couple coats of your favorite black mascara finishes the eyes!
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Lightly dab some clear lip balm or Aquaphor on your lips.
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And, that's it! Twiggy is back!
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Pretty In Pink
We're wild for jewel tone looks this winter, but they're hard to pull off! For those who might be a little hesitant to go full-out with the deep shades, Gealey modeled the more L.A.-friendly version of wintery pink. It's lovely for the snow or the beach!
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Using a cream eyeshadow in the jewel tone of your choice, lightly line your top lid.
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Using your finger and the same cream shadow, lightly pat the color onto your lid, making sure to stay under the crease.
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Once again, whip out that coral-hued cheek stain, and pat along the apples of your cheeks.
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Using a black mascara, carefully apply two coats to both the upper and lower lashes.
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To finish the look, steer clear of lipstick (other than perhaps a simple moisturizing lip balm) to keep the look from feeling to costume-y. Surprisingly natural, right?
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