Easy day-to-night holiday makeup tips from NARS Cosmetics

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If only we had a celebrity makeup artist on call to help us look amazing at every holiday party this season. Sadly, we don't. (Blame a severe shortage of money and time.)

So we did the next best thing. When we heard NARS Cosmetics' lead international stylist Janice Daoud would be in town next weekend for Nordstrom's Beauty Trend Show, we called her up to discuss holiday makeup tips.

With her crazy jet-setting schedule, Daoud is a pro at looking great on the go. (Have you seen the girl? She's gorgeous!) She was also nice enough to share her top five tricks for mastering day-to-night holiday glam — and all but one can be done in mere minutes, even seconds.

Though not if you try them all at one once.

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Glowy Skin
Apply a highlighter on your cheekbones (just above your blush), center of the nose and on your Cupid's bow for a healthy, radiant glow. Tip: Use this same trick with a brightening serum or luminizer to freshen your look throughout the day as a pearly, iridescent pick-me-up.
Try: NARSskin Optimal Brightening Concentrate, $72.

Gold Eyes
Gold is a festive yet chic color. For day: apply a gold cream shadow followed by a gold powder shadow to your eyelids. For night: add a shimmery black gel liner and matte red lip.
Try: [1 and 2] Eye Paint in Iskandar, $25, Shimmer Eyeshadow in Goldfinger, $24.

False Lashes
Individual lashes add natural-looking fullness and length for holiday drama that's still totally office-appropriate. Fill in sparse gaps across the entire lid or just at the outer corner to change the shape of your eye.

Smoky Eyes
Line your eyes from the inner to outer corners, then use a smudge brush to diffuse and soften the line. Tip: hold your brush upside down, bristles closest to your lash line over the eyeliner, and press and pull all the way up for cloud-like smokiness. Repeat on the lower lash line and follow with a coat of mascara.
Try: [3] Smudge Brush, $26.

Quick Red Lips
If nothing else, throw a red lipstick in your purse for an instant day-to-night transformation. It's the easiest way to add a touch of holiday glam.
Try: [4] Semi Matte Lipstick in Red Lizard, $26.

Get more holiday makeup tips from Daoud and NARS Cosmetics at Nordtrom's Beauty Trend Show next Saturday, November 16, at Ala Moana Center. Click here for details and schedule an appointment here. Photos: NARS Cosmetics.