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How To Shine This Party Season

Perfect for your New Year’s Eve celebrations, we’ve rounded up a selection of products that are oozing with glitter, shimmer, and shine. But, while we’re all about embracing a little extra glitz in your make-up routine, it can be easy to go from sophisticated shimmer to sparkle overload really fast! To ease you into the glitter game for your end of 2017 parties, we’re breaking down the best ways to try the trend on your lids, lips, and tips.

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Glistening Lips

Hesitant to venture into glitter lip territory? Before you decide it’s not for you, hear us out. Sporting shimmer on the lips does more than just add a bit of sparkle to your pout – the shimmer flecks actually reflect light, giving your lips a fuller and more plump appearance. To rock glittery lips without the mess, skip actual glitter and opt for a gloss or lip topper with pearlescent pigments that can be worn alone or layered over your favourite lipsticks. Pair with a few swipes of mascara and a touch of blush to really let your lips do the talking.

We love:
stila Glitterati Lip Top Coat
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Primer (To keep your party lip in place!)

Glittery Lids

We totally understand that the first thing that may come to mind when you think of glitter eyeshadow is hassle and mess. But we’re here to tell you that glitter-infused make-up formulas have come a long way to be much more wearable and easy to apply. To start, we suggest skipping loose powder eyeshadows and reaching for a pressed powder formula in a chic metallic finish. For a foiled effect, apply using your finger or a damp eyeshadow brush with densely-packed bristles like ecoTOOLS Eye Enhancing Duo Set to really amp up the pigment. Or, try a liquid or cream formula to add a touch of twinkle to your eyes — no brush required. To apply, start with a single swipe, let dry, and then build up to your desired intensity. You can also add a pop of highlighter to the centre of your lids or inner corners to finish off any eye look.

We love:
stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow
ModelCo® Highlighting Trio
Mai Couture Highlighter Papier
Benefit Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Sparkly Eyeliner

Take your cat-eye to the next level with a sparkle-infused liner. Adding a touch of shimmer close to your lash line can really make your eyes stand out without appearing harsh. To apply, draw liquid liner along your upper lash line for a precise pop of eye-catching color, or trace liner on your lower lash line for an unexpected twist. Finish it off with a few coats of mascara to really make your eyes pop.

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Eyeko Me & My Shadow

Party Nails

There’s no better time than the holidays to add dazzle to your digits with a glitter-based nail polish. To keep your sparkly tips looking chic (read: not garish or gaudy), apply one coat over a creamy solid base for a sheer kiss of shimmer, or add multiple coats for a full-on sequin effect. You can also concentrate the glitter towards the tips or at the base for a nail art effect – no salon pro necessary.