Holiday Party Makeup: Sparkles Everywhere!

I had a nice chat with my makeup artist sister, Laura, this week and she gave me two great ideas to get a fun, glamorous look for the holidays. Both involve sparkle eye-shadows, which she says are the big thing right now for high-end holiday makeup collections.

1. Pair light sparkle shadows with black liner and bright matte lips.
Laura suggests pairing a subtle black eyeliner with nude or light/subtle sparkles with a bold lip as one great holiday option. The look now is less about big and chunky glitter but more of a dewy, fine shimmer instead. She suggests Channel's new creme gold shadow which almost foils on or Bobbi Brown sparkle shadow. These glitter shadows are best applied with a finger as brushes make the glitter flake and smudge on your face.

If you're bored of the classic red lip for the holidays, she suggests trying one of the seasons go to lip colors such as plums, purples, or magenta's. She recommends either Bobbi Brown's cosmic raspberry, which is a bright magenta (like Emma's above), or Armani liquid matte lipsticks, which come in a really pretty Red Fushia or Fleshy Orange. (She has been sporting the electric orange with basic eye liner, a little black dress and top knot/bun as of late).   

2. Combine smokey sparkle eyes with nude glossy lips.

If you'd prefer to play up your eyes vs. your lips, Laura recommends a glitter enhanced smokey eye with with a glossy nude lip. She likes to use Bobbi Brown black chocolate glitter, blending it up from eye liner. (Check out this tutorial).

Remember, always go with a nude lip when you have dramatic, dark eye makeup. 

PS. If you want to go extra bold, Laura has been using Lancome gold shimmer eyeliner as a thin line above her black liner and gold glitter mascara at the tips of her lashes on top of black mascara!

(Emma and Thandi)

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