7 Beauty Products Every Hostess Should Have For The Holidays
Eva Taylor Grant
One of the best things about the holiday season is all the opportunities for hosting. And for those who enjoy entertaining, it can be one of the best ways to give back and show your loved ones how much you care. Unfortunately, hosting holiday parties can be a bit of a complicating factor when it comes to beauty routines. Cooking over a hot stove or running around distracted by family drama may create a few beauty mishaps, but you don’t have to compromise looking and feeling your best just because you’re in charge. With a few handy essentials, you can get through the chaos of the holidays more smoothly. Here is MAED’s roundup of beauty products every hostess should have around during the holidays. Plus, these non-toxic, earth-friendly, and socially-conscious brands can help up your hosting game without conceding any of your beauty standards in the name of a quick fix.
False eyelashes can sometimes have a mind of their own. So if you want to have a bold eye look during the holiday season, you should make sure to keep some eyelash adhesive around too. This glue is vegan and is completely free of latex and other irritating chemicals. The brand, Thrive Causemetics, is all about social impact — delivering their products and services to women experiencing cancer, homelessness, or domestic violence. They even have a false-eyelash tutorial for women who’ve experienced hair loss.
Clear nail polish
Clear nail polish is a beauty holy grail. While you can of course use this product for beautiful, natural nails, or to mend any inevitable chips (brought about by dishwashing), clear nail polish can also be used to mend runs in stockings or securing loose buttons from falling off. This base coat is by Zoya, a brand written up by the Sierra Club for their revolutionary creation of long-lasting, toxin-free polish. There is no toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, or DBP to be found here.
Hosting usually lasts longer than dinners out, so keeping your hair in check is important. Having a hairspray stash close at hand can be your guarantee of protection from dull hair after all that time in the hot and humid kitchen. This non-toxic hairspray by Josh Rosebrook is made of non-GMO yucca and other pure plant ingredients and has a light feel but firm hold. For the added environmental benefit, the spray is non-aerosol, meaning it’s also better for the environment.
Whether it’s because you’re nervous in the company of certain guests, or just sweaty from a few hours running around on your feet, deodorant is an absolute hosting staple. One of Denise’s favorite brands, Ursa Major, makes this amazing 100 percent naturally derived deodorant, which eliminates odor and provides long-lasting benefits without potentially-harmful aluminum.
If you’ve been preparing for guests all day, putting together a full makeup look may seem daunting. A perfect red lip for the holidays is a beauty staple for these exact moments. You can craft a bold look with minimal other steps. Luckily, searching for non-toxic lipstick leads to plenty of wonderful options. This deep ruby lippie from 100 Percent Pure gets its amazing pigment from fruit, and moisturizes with a nourishing blend of cocoa butter, shea butter, and vitamin E. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free, with a full-coverage, matte finish.
A classic perfume
While apple pie and mulled wine smell amazing, you don’t necessarily want to smell like what you’re cooking throughout the entire holiday season. Having a simple, classic scent to carry you through the winter months can help keep you feeling fresh, even if you are sweating a little. Clean Perfume’s classic scent, Warm Cotton, is inspired by a fresh, comforting, just-laundered scent. Clean Perfume is one of the first green fragrance brands: cruelty-free and vegan with eco-conscious packaging and solar-powered manufacturing. This scent is also certified Clean at Sephora — meaning it is free from a list of the most harmful ingredients.
Splashing cold water on your face if you’re stressed might feel good, but it isn’t necessarily quite practical if you’re hosting. A face mist can, however, act as a refreshing replacement. This beautiful spray by Herbivore is suitable for all skin types, made with pure plant actives (not fillers), and is vegan, cruelty-free, noncomedogenic, and formulated without gluten and silicone. The light formula also works as a makeup setting spray.