The gorgeous Gossip Girl actress may be best known for wreaking havoc on the Upper East Side, but as we recently learned, her off-screen persona is the polar opposite. In fact, Katie Cassidy was kind enough to divulge her top tips for being stylish during the holidays. Read on below and take notes—the girl really knows her stuff!
Festive Attire: The holidays are the best time of year to get dressed up and experiment with bold colors and textures like gold, platinum, silk and sequins—yes sequins! For your seasonal gatherings, opt for a modern take on the LBD—a black sequin dress that sparkles and catches the holiday lights. To add a flash of color to your party-ready outfit, pair the sequin dress with a bright shoe.
Holiday-Inspired Beauty: A bold lipstick in the season’s hottest shade is the perfect finishing touch to creating the ultimate holiday beauty look. My go-to holiday lip color is by Nars, it’s a dusty pink, mauve lip gloss with intense pigments called Female Trouble; I especially love how it makes my teeth look whiter and stand out! I also love the look and feel of Giorgio Armani Foundation and YSL’s Touche Éclat Highlighter adds a boost of radiance to my skin.Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk Foundation SPF 20, $59 at GiorgioArmaniBeauty-USA.com| YSL Touche Eclat, $40 at YSLBeautyUS.com | Nars Lip Gloss is Female Trouble, $24 at NarsCosmetics.com.
Party-Perfect Hair: When prepping for a night out during the holiday season, I want to make sure I’m not constantly fussing with my hair. I’m a fan of the picture perfect pony and the hair products I swear by are by Lea Journo, specifically the Lea Journo Plum Oil because it gives my hair beautiful shine and it smells great. To achieve my favorite party-perfect look, comb your hair into a long, sleek ponytail and add a metallic headband for a touch of glamour and an instant update on a classic look. No headband? Then wear your favorite sparkling earrings!Sephora Collection Silver Rhinestone Headband, $15 at Sephora.com | Kenneth Jay Lane Black Diamond Bat Drop Earrings, $150 at MaxAndChloe.com | Lea Journo Revive French Plum Oil, $65 at Macys.com.
Every Day Beauty Favorites: All year, but especially during the holiday season, I attend many red carpet events and volunteer my time for causes I’m passionate about, so it’s important my best accessory—my smile—is bright and beams with confidence. To help me achieve a whiter smile in record time, I depend on the Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips. They seal right onto my teeth so I can whiten in the shower or on-the-go. I am also a big fan of Skin Ceuticals skin care and La Mer’s body lotion and eye cream to keep my skin looking its best.