SO, just like Halloween, the Holidays are basically an excuse to partake in beauty trends that would otherwise be seen as ridiculous. The trend that I am talking about today is glittery and sparkly eyes.
I have decided that this season my go-to Holiday look is going to be clean, glowing skin, a matte red lip (I learned how to master this from Danielle Snyder of Dannijo!), long and super thick black lashes and, last but not least, sparkly eyeshadow. Don’t be alarmed. There is in fact a chic and non-cheesy way to do magnificent glitter eyes without going too over the top.
When choosing my eyeshadow, I lean towards creamy textures because they are almost foolproof to apply — all you need is the pad of your finger! You can totally use a brush too. The texture leaves a rich, highly pigmented, shiny finish. Its moisturizing consistency isn’t the only thing that makes cream shadow a shoe-in for the Holiday season. It also makes for a great layering product. A popular makeup artist trick is to layer your powder shadow on top of the cream shadow to get the maximum color payoff.
For a high-impact runway effect, I am obsessed with Stila’s newest creation, Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow. The cream-to-powder texture provides high-metallic coverage, is buildable and is shiny with a capital S. I love that the shadow comes with its own primer that you mix right in. There are so many shades to choose from, so there is definitely something for everyone.
For something a little more subdued, Kitten, a nude pinky sheen, is both ultra-feminine and the most universally flattering shade. If you are brown-eyed, try Metallic Cobalt, a dark denim blue. Blue-eyed beauties should try Titanium, a gunmetal grey shade. For those blessed with green eyes (just like me!), try Metallic Lavender, a purpily-pewter shade. Hazel eyes look good with pretty much any color.
I also need to mention that for a night out, l’m all about Vintage Black Gold (think Studio 54) and Metallic Merlot (for that Twilight vampire look). You won’t be disappointed.
Now, how to apply:
Step 1: Apply an eyeshadow primer to the entire eyelid. I like Laura Mercier Eye Basics.
Step 2: Apply a tiny dot of the Stila primer into the provided foil pan and mix, using an eyeshadow brush, with the eyeshadow to create a wet-ish base. I like Hourglass No. 4 Crease Brush.
Step 3: Using a “tapping” motion, apply the glitter to the entire eyelid stopping at the crease. Try to keep your eye closed until the glitter is dry. Start at the center of the eye and move outward.
Step 4: Extend the glitter into the inner corner of the eye to highlight and brighten.
Rock this grown-up glitter to your holiday parties this season and you’ll be the most striking girl in the room.