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Glam up and shine with glitter

THE holidays are never the same without glitz and glam. So if you are looking for new makeup ideas to go with that party dress you have been dying to wear, why not throw on a bit of glitter? It will instantly add glamour to your look and get you ready for any party.


While there are many different ways you can wear glitter, the eyelid is definitely my favorite. To recreate the gorgeous glitter eye spotted on the Just Cavalli and DSquared2 S/S 2012 runways, start by applying a primer or cream shadow over the eyelid to help the glitter better adhere onto the skin. Next, wet a small eyeshadow brush and dip into the loose glitter of your choice. Pat - don't rub - directly onto the eyelid to minimize fallout. Finish with eyeliner and mascara.

Alternatively, go all out with a pair of blinged up fake eyelashes like Wong Ka Wai for Shu Uemura Dance In Glitter Premium Edition False Eye Lashes. Head-turning guaranteed!

Not a fan of glitter galore? You can still rock the look by adding glitter along your lashline. Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyeliners come in a variety of gorgeous colors.


Too much glitter on the skin can look trashy. For a sophisticated glow, simply mix the smallest amount of loose shimmer powder into your foundation. Or you can apply a shimmer highlighter on the cheekbones, temples and down the center of the nose for a boost of radiance.

Extra tips on rocking glitter:

? When choosing a loose glitter, make sure the glitter particles are finely milled like MAC Glitter and safe to wear on the eyes.

? Unless you want to look like a disco ball, focus the glitter on one area. If you decide to play up the eyes, keep the rest of your face simple with clean skin, neutral cheeks and understated lips. More of a lip person? Pair with barely-there shadow and muted blush.

? To clean up glitter fallout, sweep a fan brush over the skin or just use scotch tape.


The quickest and most no-fuss way to add a bit of bling to your lips is to apply a glitter lipgloss over your lipstick. But if you are up for a challenge, try a jeweled, lacquered lip as seen at Danielle Scutt.

First, outline your lips with a liner that matches your lip color. Then, apply lipstick and top with gloss. Pat on a loose glitter with a wet lip brush and finish by carefully adding another layer of gloss. Resist the urge to rub your lips together or the makeup will clump.

Color-wise, vibrant reds and pinks are perfect for the holidays. Just bear in mind that glitter and gloss can add dimension to your lips, making them appear fuller. If you are naturally blessed with full lips, stick to darker colors like maroon and plum.

Post-party beauty SOS

With all the dancing and Champagne-sipping going on during the holidays, who has the time to catch up on beauty sleep? But fear not, here are a few tricks I swear by that will get you looking from drab and tired to fab and glowing in no time.

? Always remove your makeup at the end of the night, no matter how tired you are. This can help prevent breakouts, which is a common aftermath of late nights and holiday stress.

? Rehydrate partied-out skin by massaging a rich moisturizer like La Mer Creme de la Mer into the skin. Keep a bottle of Avene Eau Thermale Facial & Body Water Spray handy and spray generously throughout the day.

? To depuff those hideous bags from too much alcohol and too little sleep, go for an eye cream that contains caffeine like Origins GinZing. For an extra "kick," keep it in the fridge. The coolness will act as a great wake-up call.

? Whitening eyedrops are not only great for getting the red out of those bloodshot eyes, but can also be used on pimples to minimize redness.

? Drink up - water, that is! You will need to rehydrate the inside as well. Add a dash of lemon for an extra dose of vitamin C and to help clean out your system.

? Use makeup to fake a good night's sleep. Wake up a blah complexion by mixing a luminizer (try MAC Strobe Cream) into your foundation. Line the eyes with a navy blue color and add a pop of shimmer in the inner corners to brighten up the eyes. Curl your eyelashes and apply a few coats of mascara only on top lashes. Finish with a light layer of blush or bronzer and a tinted lip balm to bring color back to your face.


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