Party season is sparkle season. And that means embracing the five-year-old within who is still obsessed with all things that twinkle. We can’t explain our addiction to sparkles, we just want them on our face.
Thankfully the festive season is the perfect excuse to indulge our whims for fairy dust, shimmer, sparkle and gold.
And there are countless make-up essentials that justify our obsession – all promising to transform us from everyday drab to shimmering ethereal beauties.
For your sparkly make-up essentials we’ve rounded up the best party season make-up that is guaranteed to add a touch of glam.
Wet and wild
Zoe, resident make-up artist at Beauty Bay says a good way to start experimenting with glitter is to use a liquid eyeliner with a hint of glitter like Stila’s Rock Candy range.
For instant party chic, just draw a thin line across your lids and add voluminous mascara.
We love the choice of metallic colors from Stila. Better yet, they’re all waterproof, perfect for winter parties that get out of hand (hot tub anyone?)
Bring it on.
For shimmer and shine that will last and last, try Illamsqua’s Powdered Metal Ether which can be used on face and body.
Build this fine powder on the eyelids to rock this season’s metallic make-up trend, or apply a light dusting across your collar bone and décolletage for a seductive shimmer.
For attention-seeking eyes, head to Bare Escentuals to stock up on some of their shimmering eyeshadows.
Their newly launched High Shine Eyecolor will instantly give your peepers an intense metallic shade. Try it in Frosted Pink, Moonshine or Electric Teal.
Bare Escentuals suggest using a technique called “foiling” for maximum effect. Simply apply your eyeshadow colour with a dampened brush – this will create a light-reflective glow to your eyes when layered over or under other shadows.
Make your lips the main feature with these high definition sparkle lip glosses from Urban Decay for a statement pout.
Made with jojoba oil these uber glam glosses feel silky smooth – and have such fine pigments your lips can sparkle without feeling scratchy.
We love the vanilla-mint flavour – perfect for mistletoe kisses with that little something extra.
For high voltage glamour line your eyes with a liquid glitter eyeliner. We love Ruby Hammer’s selection of long-lasting liners.
Brown eyes will look stunning with a slice of silver, while every eye colour will pop next to the black glitter eyeliner for a sophisticated take on the trend.
Layer your eyeliner for a more impactful finish, or for a more delicate frosting, follow make-up artist Alana Phillips technique.
She says: “Use a normal liquid eyeliner first and then go over this with a glittery eye liner to add some festive sparkle to your make up.”