Whether you’re fighting off swarms of shoppers or sitting through the worst traffic of the year, the holidays are destined to make a girl’s head spin. And then, there are the festivities: barkada gift-togethers, family reunions, the office drink-a-thon. Here. We. Go.

Filipinos love a good party—and honestly, we couldn’t wait to see glitter make a comeback for Christmas. But the funny thing is, all the beauty reports we’ve pored over in anticipation of the season are pointing to minimalism. That means deep but muted colors, matte finishes in place of high shine, and dramatically neat hair. Interesting, huh? See our 4 favorite trends below, and play spot-the-look at your next soirée!


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Sure, this delicious purply-red color you see on Georgina Wilson is pretty—but it’s also a practical choice. First, it’ll camouflage the red wine you’re swilling. Second, the whole idea of a stain is that it looks smudged, so after you eat, forget touch-ups! This lip looks better as the night progresses. Just look at our girl Laureen Uy:

TIP: To get the look, deposit the color in the center of your lips and blend outward with your finger. Finger application is super important for the stained effect.

TRY THESE: Maybelline Velvet Matte in MAT12, Pink Sugar Creamy Matte Lipstick in Desire, NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Amsterdam, L’Oréal Paris Tint Caresse in Plum Blossom


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As we said, we love the razzle-dazzle of the holidays, but this season is making us think differently about minimalism. Case in point: suede eye makeup, seen above on Julia Barretto. The “suede” part refers to the soft, matte, texturized effect of this trend, which makes it stand out amidst all the shining, shimmering shadows.

Like, how lovely does Maine Mendoza look with her luxurious neutral lids?

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And this blush-nude color brushed over Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid’s eyes? Stunning.

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TIP: Matte powder eyeshadows in autumnal hues work best for this look. Think burnt sienna, taupe, flesh pink, and charcoal. Apply the color in a wash all over your lid; then, sweep a translucent powder over it to achieve that suede-leather softness. For dimension, you can use two colors, the way Nadine Lustre did:

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TRY THESE: Any of the Pop Beauty Shade Duettes, NARS Single Matte Eyeshadow in Yamal and Bengali, Pink Sugar Eye Candy 2 Eyeshadow Palette


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A work-or-play polish that looks like our favorite denims? Yes, please! But unlike our old maongs, a slick of denim blue nail paint evokes cool sophistication. The beautirati consider it both a neutral and a pop of color.

TIP: If you’re in a rush, paint on a semi-shimmer polish like Kleancolor Metal Sapphire . But if you have more time to spare, mix shades for customization! You can layer Bandi Deep Skinny Jean over Pop Beauty Punk’d for a dark wash that’s party-perfect. Yes, nail layering is a thing.


A couple seasons ago, it was all about the babe hair, and 2014 was ruled by braids. But this year, buns have officially taken the spotlight. Don’t let Heart Evangelista’s perfect updo faze you—high or low, sleek or wispy, the ballerina bun doesn’t require a hairdresser. That’s why we love it so much! You can look put-together and polished in minutes.

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TIP: Second-day hair, like Zendaya’s above, is best for making a bun. But if that’s not an option, you can add texture with dry shampoo, like this one by TRESemmé. For a neater look, part your hair down the middle and spritz with a glossing agent, like TIGI/Bedhead Chic Shine Hair Spray, before twisting it into a chignon. Very Kim K.

Photos via Instagram: @robbiepinera, @piareyesmakeup, @juliabarretto, @mainedcm, @gigihadid, @nadzlustre, @essiepolish, @deborahlippmann, @iamhearte, @zendaya. Don’t forget to follow @beautymnl!