Choose Your
Sole Mate

Can't wait to nab a fresh pair of on-trend boots? Take a moment to think about flattering your figure with the right footwear for your shape. Boots with a platform or heel (including this season's angled and geometric) balance out prominent hips and boost your bottom. Knee-highs or over-the-knees, especially those with stretch or adjustable laces, slim thicker calves. To make your legs appear longer, opt for a pair of lower-cut ankle booties but avoid straps, buckles, bows and similar details. After rushing to the stores to try combat boots, the editors at Carolina Woman all agree: The utilitarian designs may be in style, but it's difficult to say whose looks they improve.



Bold Holiday Makeup:
No Grinches Here!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, which makes us think about holiday approaches to makeup. Whether it's a gathering at your BFF's place in Cary or a big date with your true love in Hillsborough, you'll be merry and bright. This time of year is perfect for healthy radiance followed by glitter. The shine can take place on a shimmering forehead, gold-smattered cheekbones or full face of sparkle. Try out a smoky eye or paintbox eyeshadow in crazy hues such as hot pink, yellow and green. Finish your peepers with lots of mascara. What to apply to your mouth? Limit it to a dab of lip balm or go full-on power pout in reindeer red.







Sleek and Shiny

Want lustrous hair like all the cool girls in downtown Raleigh and Durham? Don't get your tinsel in a tangle! Just make these moves:

  • Color correctly – Dark shades tend to gleam more than blond ones. If you do want to go lighter, select a shade with warm golden tones.
  • Cut regularly – Trims remove dead, split ends that make your tresses look dull. Schedule an appointment every six weeks.
  • Beware appliances – Flatirons, hair blowers and other gadgets can dry out your locks. Keep them on low settings or consider alternatives.
  • Eat right – Healthy insides make for healthy outsides. Are you doing everything you can to help your hair?
  • Add shine – Sprays and serums, such as those with argan oil, provide instant gloss. Just be sure not to weigh down your mane.