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How to wow during the holiday season is easier than you might think, thanks to these beautiful beauty ideas from InStyle.

Get ready for head-turning hair and makeup inspiration!

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Trade Black For Blue: Lining just the lower lashes in cobalt instead of black (like Eva Mendes) adds nearly effortless pop. Choose a soft pencil and apply it very close to the lashes, smudging with a small brush.

Find Your Perfect Red: The easy way to find your look-defining hue is to narrow the field to the warmer (or cooler) hues that work best, then bring a friend to the counter for a quick vetting of your top three picks.

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Spread Your Wings: Adding some '60s flair with a liquid or cream liner isn't just a fun way to change things up -- it also lends all-night staying power.

Rough Up Your Braids: To get this playful style that can still skew "super-dressy," (like Rashida Jones!) apply an anti-frizz serum throughout second day hair. Next, starting at ear-level, make three braids: one in back and one on each side. Spritz with hairspray, then loosely braid the plaits together.

Add An Inch On Top: To achieve a "sexy but classic" blowout, lift sections vertically while you blast them, spritzing on a dry texturizing spray as you go. Make a shallow part, then add a few bouncy curls in front with a big-barrel iron. Now the key step: tease the roots around the crown, spritz with hairspray.

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For more tips and tricks, InStyle's December issue, on newsstands today!

-- Ryan Patterson

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