Holiday glam on a budget

December 22, 2008 3:27:05 PM PST
It's the time of year for holiday parties, but staying at the top of the fashion game can be pricey. Unless you take our advice. Holiday glam can be expensive, but we put together a team of miracle workers who will show you how to look like a star without breaking the bank.

At Anthony Leonard Salon in Midtown, Anthony Palermo says using color the right way is the first step.

"Highlighting it will be a lot better than drastically changing your hair and having a high-maintenance color like red or blond that needs a lot maintenance," he said.

Or, you can try an updo. Leonard Zagami says the trick is redistributing the weight of your hair, starting with a basic ponytail, pulling it high for dramatic effect and separating a section in the front.

"Something they can do in a couple of minuets or after leaving the office," he said. "All the things I am using, you can pickup at the drugstore."

To add texture, go through the hair with a flatiron. The end result is funky chic.

Celebrity stylist Mary Alice Stephenson took us to H&M to find pieces that will take you beyond the holidays. She picked out a wool skirt and what she called the perfect black dress, at just $50. She says play up your jewelry in a strapless number that is just $30.

As for accessories, we found faux pearl and diamond earrings, a necklace and chandelier earrings, all for under $10 each at Eve Pearl. Eve has a few suggestions.

First, she focuses on the eyes, adding some color. She says be careful, there is a difference between shimmer and glitter.

"Glitter stays days after the party's over," she said. "Shimmer looks better."

Smooth out your skin with concealer and foundation. Spruce up your lips, and smile.

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STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Kemberly Richardson


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