The holiday season is here and the next two weeks are the biggest celebration weeks of the year. Now is the time to escalate your sparkle and shine (my favorite time of the year). If you’re like me, you may think you just want to throw some glitter on your face and that is all you need. Hmm…well…not quite. On the other hand, if you’re not careful and you don’t use the right products, you may end up with glitter all over your face, and, more than likely, that’s not the look you’re going for.
The eyelids are the most popular spot for maximum glitter and if you’re not careful, you may end up with a lot of fall-out. Fall-out is when the pigment of the product you’re applying does not stay where you want it. Instead, it goes all over your face where you don’t want it. Glitter is exceptionally prone to fall-out, ending up under your eyes and on your cheeks, not on your eyelids.
The best way I have found to keep the glitter or sparkle where you want it is to make it stick. You can use a sticky eyelid primer such as MAC’s Pro-Longwear Paint Pot. I use the color “Painterly” most often, it blends with the color of my lids. I use a lighter color (“Soft Ochre”) when I want to lighten things up, and a darker color (“Blackground”) when I’m going for a more smoky eye look. Another cream shadow option is Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow, which comes in large selection of nudes and a rainbow of colors. You can also use a gel liner for the base but a gel liner is more difficult to blend out and it dries faster. I find it easier to work with a cream shadow or a eye primer.
If you want to use a primer, try Shadow Insurance by Too Faced (which comes in several shade options) or Nars eyelid primer. I like both of these because they lay evenly, no clumping, and they do not crease.
One word of caution, when doing any type of smoky eye or a party look, I like to do all of my eye makeup first, this way if I need to clean up anything that may have landed in an area that I did not intend for it to land, I can easily clean it up without disrupting my face makeup. Or, you can dust a translucent powder under your eyes for easy cleanup.
After you apply your sticky base, take a flat eye brush (one such as a
MAC’s 247 brush or the E55 brush by Sigma). Lay your brush down onto the glitter and then lightly pat it onto your eyelid. Do not brush it on. You can also use a mixing medium to adhere the glitter. MAC’s Fix + works well for this, just spray onto your brush and then lay into the glitter. It is important you do not get glitter in your eye, please be careful and do not get glitter in your eyes!
If you want to have some sparkle on your eyes but not the full on effect of glitter, you can use a shimmery eye shadow or you can use a sparkly eye liner. The Smashbox Double Exposure is a lovely sparkly palette. Make Up For Ever (MUFE) makes a nice selection of individual glitter and sparkly eye shadows.
NYX, Stila and Urban Decay make excellent glitter eye liners. Of these, I prefer Stila. By using a shimmer eye shadow and a glitter eye liner, you can get a nice amount of sparkle and shine without feeling like a neon light in a room of darkness.
But what if you want a matte eye look, but still want a bit of sparkle? Go for a shimmery highlighter or a sparkly lip gloss. Dior came out with a beautiful palette
this holiday, the ‘Couture Creations’ Palette. Along with the four stunning shadows there is a Diorific Face Powder in #001 Rose d’Or. This is a very sparkly highlighter. If you’re applying this, use a fan brush – yes, there is a use for a fan brush! I recommend this palette for people with light to medium skin tones. For a less expensive sparkle on the tops of the cheekbones, over the brows and on the cupid bow, I suggest checking out Burberry’s single eye shadows, several work well as a highlighter. If you’re in the Walnut Creek, California, Nordstrom, ask for Susie Dragoni, she is an expert when it comes to anything Burberry Cosmetics.
If you’re looking for a highlighter that shimmers and glows, instead of the sparkle, check out Becca. This company makes several gorgeous highlighters which have shimmer, not sparkle. The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in “Golden Opal Pearl” has a cult following. It is that good.
Finally, for just a touch of sparkle, something for a daytime holiday party, look for a sparkly lip gloss. Bobbi Brown makes my favorite shimmer lip gloss, “Pink Sequin”, “Bellini” and “Pink Tulle” are gorgeous You can keep the sparkle and shine off the eyes and cheeks, but still have a festive look with a shimmer lip gloss.
Please keep in mind that it is usually best to limit the sparkle to one area on your face. If you add too much glitter or sparkle, it may clash and cause confusion to your look.
Happy Celebration Time!