Beauty Is In The Colors

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(The winning look)

No little black dress for the holidays this year. 

Fashion and beauty are making a bold leap back into the spotlight, with a strong emphasis on hot color as a sizzling accent. Daywear focuses on skinny pants topped with bigger, longer tops or thin layers of camis and cropped tops over longer shirts.

Evening and party time holiday looks feature a softer, more feminine outline, with a slightly fuller skirt and perhaps an empire waistline.  While earth tones of soft grays, browns, greens and off-white dominate, the bold colors of the season are the royal shades of red and purple.

“Women ask me all the time if they can be a redhead and still wear red for the holidays,� says Clairol Colormaster Veron Thornhill, whose artistic work has appeared in off-Broadway shows, fashion events, and national magazines. “Of course you can! There are so many shades of red today that you can create your own color palette to make you the star of any holiday celebration.  Opt for a rich shade like Textures & Tones Cherrywood, which gives brilliant moisture rich color with longer-lasting results and amazing shine.  If you decide to go for all-out glam, pull your hair into a loose updo, but be sure to let some strands escape to give you that longer silhouette.  If your hair is long, go for pure romance, letting your hair hang full and loose around your shoulders. If your hair is short, try a smooth bob if your hair is relaxed, or let your natural curls dazzle!�

Last but not least, add some glitzy accessories to pump up your star power, she adds. Gold, semi-precious stones, ruffles and lace are all hot right now. Just remember to choose one or two accessories to keep your look chic, sleek, and not overdone.  “In the middle of all the holiday madness,� concludes Veron, “spend a little extra time to make sure you are the most fabulous person at any party!�

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