The 2013 Holiday Party Look

Jaquetta Wheeler by Tung Walsh BON Fall/Winter 2013/2014
Jaquetta Wheeler by Tung Walsh BON Fall/Winter 2013/2014
Jaquetta Wheeler by Tung Walsh BON Fall/Winter 2013/2014

When you look at pretty much any Balmain picture ever—runway shots, campaigns, editorials (I mean… Jacquetta in Bon? End of slideshow above. Too good.)—you’ll notice that despite the decadent Swarovski-laden micro-minis, the quilted jacquard velvet jackets, and what look to be 10-pound belts, the girls’ faces are bare. Like, really bare. Backstage at the most recent show in Paris, the only makeup on the table was concealer, an eyelash curler, and an eyebrow brush. Why? Because, when going full-throttle with the glitz, the most appropriate hair and makeup seems to be something super pared-down. But ‘tis the season to get fancy, so, let’s do this: the definitive ITG 2013 Holiday Party Look, from head to (mistle) toe.

Dress You know what? GO FOR IT. Wear sequins. Go to Balmain, or go to a thrift store (Emily did) or eBay and find a 1990s sequin minidress from “Caché” or “Pizazz!” or some other mall store, and get that shit tailored. Shorten it; maybe cut off some sleeve—channel your inner Nicolas Ghesquière. And guess what? The end result will probably look like Balmain, or maybe even Chanel, and when it falls apart after wearing it once, it doesn’t matter because it was $5 ($50 with tailoring) and it served its purpose. Invest in staples like a perfect “nothing shoe” (i.e. these Saint Laurents, that look like you’re wearing nothing and give you Gisele legs), a badass clutch (the Reed Krakoff Anarchy goes with everything, day or night), and, perhaps most importantly…

Jewelry We’ve been on a bit of a ring rampage for the past…while. They’re not just for engagements, graduations, and inheriting. In the jewelry game—hell, in the accessories game—rings are, and have been, where it’s at. Everywhere we look, there's stacks on stacks on stacks. The weighty, minimalist bands from the Piaget Possession collection, in white gold, please and thank you, are our current favorites...and isn't it convenient that it's the season of giving. (*wink*)

Skin “The 30 minutes we spend on makeup usually, we spent cleaning and massaging the face,” Tom Pecheux said about the Spring 2014 Balmain beauty look. “It’s not pleasant for the skin to be dirty. Hair, fine. Mind, yes. Skin, no.” So, to repeat an obvious, undeniable, and annoying fact of life: everything starts with good skin, especially a no-makeup makeup look. Get (back?) into the zone with our Isabelle Bellis video (click here); treat yourself this month despite being run ragged. And remember, moisturize. That is all.

Makeup There is actually great beauty (har, har) in a stripped-down face this time of the year. By focusing on one dramatic element—in this case, the mouth, because Riri Woo was just reissued (sold out already online, but will be in MAC stores 12/12!)—you needn’t worry about much during an already frantic evening out. Just make sure you have the basics covered: dewy is great, but not in photos. Try on Dolce & Gabbana’s Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation for size (as in, sparingly: think T-zone, with your fingers)—Pat McGrath invented it with iPhone selfies in mind. Dust translucent powder (Emily’s been caught with NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder in Translucent Crystal) over your face, then, tap some Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid over your eyelids and the tops of your cheeks for the subtlest rose-gold glow. Finish with L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara in Black—it has the craziest brush we’ve seen in a while, but nothing beats it for grabbing outer lashes.

Hair I was [confession: Emily, here. Hi!] never really able to pull off “bed head” hair before 1) going blond, and 2) stealing the silk pillowcase from Mackenzie. Something about the combo makes my wet nighttime hair turn into a Kurt Cobain-y, swirly halo by morning that I have to tame into some sort of attractive arrangement. BUT! This ideal outcome is primarily due to, I believe, the ample amounts of Shu Uemura Essence Absolu Nourishing Protective Oil I massage onto my towel-dried noggin before falling asleep. Aura, who did the Big Blond-ing, told me that camellia oil is the big kahuna of good-for-hair oils and she is right. Anyway, the point is: if you’re wearing a sex-drugs-rock-n-roll, Vegas/Moscow-ready ensemble, make sure the hair is easy-breezy. See for inspiration: Jane Birkin, Anja Rubik, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexa Chung—you know, the usual suspects.

Nails When you’re wearing rings, which you should be, that’s kind of the main event south of the wrist. Skip polish and instead, pick up a vial of Uka Nail Oil—just in from Japan.

Emily Weiss photographed by Mathea Millman in New York on December 1st 2013, wearing her own vintage dress, Piaget rings, Reed Krakoff Clutch and Saint Laurent shoes. This feature is brought to you by Piaget.

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  • Chris

    Love the tatto! Meaning?

    • thesixthbeatle

      I wanna know too!

      • IntoTheGloss

        Just a random design I made with Dr. Woo in LA. xE

        • Emma Hager

          I love it when tattoos don't have meanings! It's sort of refreshing just to take them for nothing really more than a pleasing aesthetic. Naturally with time I suppose, a meaning will grow -- or not. Either way, it's a beautiful tattoo.

        • Jane S.

          And the second tat?

  • Leslie
  • Katherine

    Hm, now I'm thinking I've got to try that hair oil. Great post!

  • Guest

    GIRL. You look so good, it's not even fair

  • cat

    your hair looks awesome. cut, color and all

  • Dinara Kamalova

    Which thrift stores would Emily recommend?

    • IntoTheGloss

      Hey Dinara! Honestly-- there's not a thrift store I won't stroll through. You really never know what's in there. A little imagination goes a long way. xE

  • KT

    Ugh, I dyed my hair red after the red-hair slideshow on here....I'm dying it back to blonde asap. Loving your hair Emily!

  • Lavinka

    Love the pictures and the tattoo. And I'm seriously thinking about going platin blond, as well. Oh my, it suits you so so much.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Lots of love from Germany.

  • Heather P.

    Man, I REALLY want to go blonde now! Every time I see your new hair, I want to go spend my entire holiday gift budget on it. :-)

    • mlle p

      Me too! It really looks incredible.

  • sashi

    but you have undereye liner? What is that then?

  • Paulette

    Emily, I'm so glad you are posting more photos of yourself! When I saw you in New York at LuckyFabb, I was like - whoa. I seriously thought you were a legit model. You're gorgeous! Let us see you more often. :)

  • allyouneedisblush

    The hair just keeps getting better and better! Love it!

  • Stephanie


  • Lana

    Emily, dear, you look too stunning in these! omg!

  • IntoTheGloss

    Updated! xE (the Jane sandal)

  • Jeanne

    You look fierce as a blond!!!!

  • theseventhsphinx

    Love love love.

  • Emma Hager

    Emily! You are absolutely stunning, as per usual. I know I say this on Instagram and pretty much every other social media platform everyday, but your hair looks So. Damn. Good. Like, really, really amazing. It's sophisticated yet defiant yet delicate yet tough yet edgy yet refined, all in one.

  • Natalie

    Am I totally blind or have you missed posting what that fabulous strawberry lip colour is?

    • lucinda veen

      I think she implies that it's MAC Riri Woo.

  • Emalee

    there are SO MANY great things about this post including, but not limited to: sexy bed head, tailored thrift store dresses, ADULT mag, vixen red lips. A+, ITG.

  • Ailyn Koay

    Ooo nice products u have there

  • Jane S

    And what about that divine red lip color? Details, please!

  • Nomadic D.

    Oh Emily, you are killing me with that hair. You look so &%@#) amazing, I can't deal. And yes, like everyone else who's seen your transformation, I too now want to be blonde. Really really blonde.

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  • Janine

    Emily, your hair is to DIE for!!! And your makeup is perfect!

  • Lori Santos

    You look ridiculously gorgeous!
    How on earth do you keep that color looking so healthy? And I wish you would do a piece about what it's like to be a platinum blonde. Perhaps?

  • Kristina

    Aren't lipsticks drying your lips in winter? What do you use for not having super dry lips? Mine are almost peeling off.

    • murt

      homeoplasmine is the best for dry lips... in canada (if you live here) they recently changed the name of it for some reason but it's still the same thing - it's called cicadermine here now.

  • Samantha

    Dear ITG,
    Can you please do a piece on the best conditioners/treatments for bleached hair? Would love some advice!

  • Amanda

    Those shoes are my lifeblood.

  • Joy (FRC)

    Looks absolutely amazing.

  • Winter Raymond

    If you are into camelia oil, go to Sunrise Market or any Japanese market and get Tsubaki shampoo and conditioner. Made by Shiseido, but only sold in Japanese groceries. Very affordable and amazing.

  • Marie

    Love this!

  • Kristen

    I love the blond on you! It's absolutely stunning, you definitely pull it off well!

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  • ThoughtsofGlam

    loves these ideas. I just did a post on the Naked 3 palette for less and they have really great eyeshadows that would kill for holiday parties and also look very effortless as well.

  • Anna Maria V Turcato

    You look amazing!!! Beautiful hair and make up.
    Bellissima !

  • Via

    Please please consider doing a post on "the best of 2013" from skincare to makeup :)

  • Dakota

    beautiful rings

  • The Shopper

    Wow !!! You are a real movie star in your looks :)

  • Cecilia Xu

    I'm wondering if she used a lip liner with the lipstick


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