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Scrambling for time to get your style on point for holiday celebrations? With everything going on — from making sure your gift list is complete to finishing tasks before the festivities start — we're sure you don't need to add any more to your to-dos. So here are quick and easy but elegant looks you can pull off in no time.

Shiny lips

Left: Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil, SGD36/~USD26; Right: @violette_fr

'Tis the season to go all out with sparkle and shine. If you've always been the type to go for matte, here's your chance to veer away from your comfort zone. Explore a little by putting on a lip colour that has a glossy texture. But since we assume you only have mattes in your arsenal, a new addition like this oil that gives a shiny effect and hydrates the lips might be a good idea.

Glitter and smoke

Left: @charlottetilbury; Right: Hourglass Cosmetics Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow, SGD48/~USD35

A dramatic smokey eye is just perfect for any type of party. It has the drama that seeks attention, but all for the right reasons. But don't just go for smoke, pepper your lids with glitter, too. Instead of doing the popular halo style of applying eyeshadow, focus on the middle part of your eye going to the tear duct to brighten up the smokiness a bit.

A touch of blue

Left: CHANEL Ombre Premiere Longwear Powder Eyeshadow; Right: @katiejanehughes

A little bit of colour never hurt anybody. We're sure you've seen the resurrection of this '80s staple. Give it a modern take by putting it only on the outer V of your lids and don't pack it on. This gives it a "misty" effect that looks eye-catching and fresh.


Left: @namvo; Right: YSL Couture Mono Eyeshadow in Paris

Pairing your eye look with the right blush and lip colour can be a bit of an experiment, and one that you can't really afford to indulge in when you're pressed for time. For a look that still packs a punch but is easy to pull off, go monochromatic. Pick a shade family you want to focus on — pinks are our cup of tea — and start from there. You can play with textures to give the look more dimension.

Classic red lip

Left: Laduree Glossy Rogue 111 Cherry red; Right: @roseinc

We'll never get tired of saying this because it's undeniably true: you can never go wrong with a classic. For a statement-making look you hardly have to think about, go for a bold red lip colour. If you want a bit more colour to your face, you can opt for a classic neutral brown eyeshadow. Or you can go completely bare on the lids and just focus on volumising your lashes. A little bit of bronzer to warm your face and you're good to go.