You’ve probably already started planning your sparkly Christmas outfit and shops have been packed with glittery nail polishes for weeks – but what about your eye make-up? Going for the same basic black eyeliner look really is a no-go over the party season and even a red lip isn’t going to cut the mustard for Fall/Winter 13. This December eyes need to be glitzy and shimmering but that doesn’t mean going all out with the body glitter is a good option.
Sisley Phyto-Ombre Glow Metallic Eye Shadow has our vote for one of the best festive eye products around. The collection includes four singles; gold, silver, pearl and amber. Although they are a powder they are rich and creamy and look as good applied with fingertips as they do with a brush, so a good option for when you only have minutes to go from desk to disco. Each shade contains active plant ingredients such as lily petals and green tea leaf, which help make them so soft and shimmery. Mother-of-pearl and mica give them crystal shine and light-defusing properties and they can be used as highlighters as well as shadows.
Their blendability makes them the perfect choice for a dramatic evening look.
“Adding a little bit of water to the colours helps make the colour pop,” Revlon Global Artistic Director Gucci Westman advises. “After you’ve finished creating your shape with the eyeshadow, wet your brush to pump in extra colour with wet shadow. Follow this with black liner on the top and bottom lash lines, and use beige liner on the inner tear line. Add some extra mascara for a complete look.”
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to eyeshadow, especially if you’ve been burnt by trying out a badly-suiting hue in the past. Make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury has taken the stress out of choosing the perfect party look with her Colour Chameleon eyeshadow pencils. Each shade is suited to a particular eye colour, with a day and night version for each. So green-eyed beauties might chose the amethyst colour for night, while those with blue eyes can go for black diamond. The products can be coloured over the whole lid, smudged or worn with liner – anything goes.
Purple is one of the big make-up looks for this season and looks great no matter what your eye colour. Charlotte’s range also has this covered with the Luxury Palette in The Glamour Muse, boasting four shades which harmonise. While the taupe and shimmering brown colours would be perfect for the day, add in a slick of the bright purple and you’ll be party ready in no time.
If you want to ramp it up a level go with Illamasqua’s Fatale Eyeshadow Palette. It’s also a quad but this one boasts a bronzed gold, shimmer chestnut, violet shimmer and bright berry shade. It’s best to play around with this as the looks are endless – you could go for an all over gold with purple blended into the socket or a full-on violet look with berry adding a middle accent to your lid.
MAC have a couple of stand-out products this Christmas. The company’s Divine Nights range of mineralize eyeshadows scored highly with us as they really last the distance. They are also a good option if you don’t want to lug a massive make-up bag around as each pot comes with two contrasting colours which can be blended for a pretty, smokey look. Our favourite has to be the gold and black shade called Gilded Night, which is sparkly and chic all in one.
Those wanting their eye to have more of a bang should test out the company’s Nocturnal line of pigments and glitter which will really make your face pop. Available in nudes and metallics we have to advise going for the silver and violet collection – if you can’t at Christmas when else can you?
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