With gala season in full swing, we’ve tapped Fashion Island’s lead personal shopping stylist, Sara Aplanalp, to give us a no-fuss cheat sheet on what to wear to O.C.’s haute holiday soirees. “You must feel comfortable in what you’re wearing,” advises the stylista. “It’s important to always remain true to your personal style.” Let the red-carpet rundown begin.
1. “I rarely wear false eyelashes and certainly don’t need to with this mascara. It’s ultrablack, plumps up my lashes and makes my eyes pop.” Troublemaker mascara, $24, Urban Decay, Fashion Island
2. “I like how this mule brings a hint of edge to a polished look. These shoes can be worn [throughout the] season, so they’re extremely versatile.” Embellished crystal slide sandal, $1,295, by Rene Caovilla at Neiman Marcus, Fashion Island
3. “I love Charlotte Tilbury’s products, and this is my go-to lipstick for a night out. Plus, it comes in a chic rose gold case.” Matte Revolution lipstick in Red Carpet Red, $34, by Charlotte Tilbury at Nordstrom, Fashion Island
4. “This is an amazing skin illuminator and a must before applying foundation. You will have a radiant glow all night.” Soft Focus Glow Booster Drops, $55, by Rodial at Bloomingdale’s, Fashion Island