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TOP FLIGHT:

10 HOLIDAY
PARTY BEAUTY
ESSENTIALS

Everything you need to look amazing at every seasonal bash. And then everything you need to fix the damage the next day.


The holiday season masquerades as a time to reflect on the importance of family, friendship and tradition. But there’s really only one thing that—regardless of race, sex, or religion—we all celebrate: excess. Too much eating. Too much drinking. Clothing covered in sequins. Wanton Black Friday spending. Office party hijinks. Going too hard and then feeling kind of gross in January is something we can all share—and that’s a beautiful thing.

But debauchery is a spectrum, right? With that in mind, we assembled a list of our seasonal beauty staples that tackles holiday beauty from two fronts. The first: our current go-tos for dramatic, emphatic, and commanding beauty looks. The second: everything you need to undo the damage from last night. Find the full list below. And Merry Excess to you and yours. 

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The ultimate party lipstick, YSL’s Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-in-Stick gets top marks for both luscious color and shine. But it is the bullet’s impressive conditioning, long-wear formula (it’s sixty percent oil) that makes it deserving of valuable clutch space. The rich texture melts into lips and keeps your pout hydrated no matter what the night brings.

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The only date you can count on for every party. Four complementary shades blend together to create everything from a matte smoky eye to festive shimmering lids. The result: high-impact looks with serious staying power.

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This universally flattering bronzer if formulated to compliment all tones. The highlighter—featuring Light Flex technology and elastomer pearls for an extra smooth finish—illuminates features without looking too frosty. Basically, instant selfie-ready skin.

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Infused with rose oil, this multitasking mascara conditions, lengthens, and plumps lashes. Complete with a non-clumping formula and ultra-black finish, it’s our go-to solution for a natural yet dramatic look.

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It’s easy to let the party season get to your head—literally. Using infrared heat to warm hair from the inside out, this styler not only allows for the most even heat transfer, but also works to prevent damage, static, and frizz. Included in the Global Styler is a Smart Mode function which takes the guesswork out of heat styling for every hair type.

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Soft and strong, masculine and feminine, light and dark: Anine Bing’s first fragrance embodies the duality of women. A blend of roses evokes a forgotten garden in full bloom, while a touch of black pepper gives the scent an edge.

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Count on this active serum for occasions that require intense next-day repairs. Filled with potent botanicals and 22 organic oils, this hero skin treatment fights wrinkles, calms redness, strengthen capillaries, firms, and brightens. Regular use will hide a multitude of sins—and give you healthy, radiant skin. 

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Bright, clear, glowy skin—it’s on the top of our wish list every single year. Joanna Vargas’s Euphoria Sheet Masks (exclusive to VIOLET GREY) are complexion-calming godsends that hydrate and soothe angry faces with a host of anti-inflammatory botanicals. If you were naughty but want to look nice—stock up.

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It doesn’t matter if you over-plucked or were just born with thin, uneven brows—Lashfood’s all-natural serum is a cure-all. Fortified with a Phyto-Medic Complex, this formula triggers the natural regrowth of hair with medicinal herb extracts. The result: thicker, fuller brows.

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This pout plumper is formulated with more than 20 anti-aging ingredients, including a high dose of hyaluronic acid and peptides to soften the appearance of wrinkles. The fast-acting, nonsticky, translucent formula glides onto the lips via a rollerball applicator, leaving a smooth surface on which to layer your lipstick. Consider it the precursor to a perfect kiss under the mistletoe.