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12 quick-fix beauty buys for the holiday-season hostess

Entertaining family and friends during the holidays is wonderful. But stressing in a hot kitchen can wreak havoc on your beauty routine.

by Aly Walansky /

Whether you have hair emergency or smeared makeup, these go-to beauty products will help keep a hostess in top form over the holidays. Even better, all of these celebrity makeup artist and hairstylist picks are available at the drugstore!

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1. Almay Oil Free Makeup Eraser Sticks, $6, Amazon

1. Almay Oil Free Makeup Eraser Sticks, $6, Amazon

“These are a super easy way to clean up a smudged lip line or running eye makeup. They're tiny and so convenient to carry around — just pop some in your bag for touchups,” said celebrity makeup artist Mary Irwin.

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2. Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Shadows, $6, Jet

2. Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Shadows, $6, Jet

"These are just about mistake-proof! The long-wearing formula won't crease and, best of all, you can smudge it on with your finger,” said Irwin, whose clients include Nicole Scherzinger and Victoria's Secret models.

3. Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Calming and Relaxing Mist in Lavender, $16, Amazon

3. Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Calming and Relaxing Mist in Lavender, $16, Amazon

“Aromatherapy always makes the perfect gift. It is essential for the stressed-out holiday hostess to relax after her guests leave. This aromatherapy mist by Aura Cacia is delightful and at a perfect price point. I always keep one stocked in my massage bag for clients ... as well as myself,” said Marie Watkinson, a massage therapist and founder of Spa Chicks On The Go. Celebrity clients include Leslie Jones, Joy Behar and Marcia Gay Harden.

4. Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb, $12, Amazon

4. Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb, $12, Amazon

“A little primping (and planning) goes a long way. Prep your skin with long-lasting and healthy hydration to keep your skin dewy and fresh throughout the night. This antioxidant-rich moisturizer delivers 48 hours of long-lasting hydration by strengthening the moisture barrier and stopping the cycle of dry skin,” said Kate Stromberg, lead makeup artist at Michael Boychuck's Color Salon inside Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

5. Physicians Formula #InstaReady Full Coverage Concealer SPF 30, $11, Amazon

5. Physicians Formula #InstaReady Full Coverage Concealer SPF 30, $11, Amazon

“Own the selfie game with this full-coverage concealer made with unique, color filter pigments to diffuse light, resulting in a photo-ready airbrush effect. Dampen the included sponge applicator to spread product evenly and apply in layers for desired coverage,” said Stromberg, whose celebrity clients include Whitney Port, Bebe Rexha and Khloe Kardashian.

6. Covergirl Total Tease Mascara, $10, Amazon

6. Covergirl Total Tease Mascara, $10, Amazon

“Make your eyes pop while popping bottles! Define your lashes with this polymer-enriched thickening complex designed to boost volume and tease even the tiniest of lashes. Opt for the waterproof version for a smudge-free glam you'll never have to check on,” said Stromberg.

7. Garnier Fructis Style Frizz Guard Anti-Frizz Dry Spray, $5, Jet

7. Garnier Fructis Style Frizz Guard Anti-Frizz Dry Spray, $5, Jet

“Natural light or a flash from a camera will pick up flyaways, which can be distracting. Don't redo your hair. Instead, tame on the go! This spray will instantly remove frizz, static and flyaways without leaving any residue on the hair. When hair is dried and styled, spray over desired area and reapply as needed,” suggested Stromberg.

8. Dove Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo, $4, Amazon

8. Dove Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo, $4, Amazon

“There are several formulas of this dry shampoo and it’s one of the best drugstore products out there. It’s super affordable and gives lift and volume while soaking up oils. It’s wonderful in winter to stretch your blowouts between holiday parties. And it prevents the static that we all get in the winter going from the extremes of hot and cold,” said Kacey Welch, hair extension expert, senior master colorist and partner at Roil Salon in Beverly Hills.

9. Desert Essence 100 percent Pure Jojoba Oil, $16, Amazon

9. Desert Essence 100 percent Pure Jojoba Oil, $16, Amazon

“Jojoba Oil is perfect to keep hair soft and shiny. Use it after washing and conditioning in the shower, or add a few drops to your favorite conditioner. You can even leave it on with a shower cap overnight for soft and silky hair in the morning. It’s such a beauty must-have, it can also be used to keep lips moist or as a shaving oil,” said Welch, whose clients include Erin Andrews, Alli Webb, Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn and LeAnn Rimes.

10. It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin Spray, $13, Amazon

10. It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin Spray, $13, Amazon

“The name says it all! I love this product and it’s a favorite among hairstylist across the country. This the best detangler, hair protector and damage repair spray that you'll find in a drugstore. It’s perfect year-round, but especially great in the winter when hair is dried out from cold temps outside and the heat indoors,” said Welch.

11. V05 Hot Oil Therapy, $16, Amazon

11. V05 Hot Oil Therapy, $16, Amazon

“This is a classic hair-care product that I’ve been using and recommending for years. It’s been around since the ‘60s! The oil creates silky smooth, damage-free hair all winter long. It’s great to add to your beauty routine for some downtime over the busy holiday season and winter. It’s easy to use and a must-have!” said Welch.

12. Tangle Teezer Hair Brush, $12, Amazon

12. Tangle Teezer Hair Brush, $12, Amazon

“I recommend this to my extension clients to brush out their hair. The teeth flex instead of pulling like many other brushes out there and it can be used on any hair type. It’s a really great product for all!” said Welch.

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