Holiday Makeup: 6 Easy Ways to Go Glam
If ever there was a time to shine, this is it! Whether you’re heading out for cocktails with the girls or a sexy soiree with your guy, here are our favourite holiday makeup picks
Confetti-like nail lacquers are all the rage at this time of year, and we have just the thing for dialling up your digits without spending hours at the nail bar. Try Anna Sui Nail Art Foil, $12. They’re pretty easy to use: Simply layer over bare nails or over a contrasting polish colour – we love navy and silver foil and red and gold foil as duos – or combine both shades together for a really spectacular look. The best part? The foil comes off much easier than glitter does – no scrubbing required.
All That Glitters
Nothing can define your eyes and enhance your party mood quite like a sultry stare. If smoky is the language you speak come New Year’s Eve, look to deep shadows in more flattering, festive shades than basic black, such as forest green and navy. Lighter metallics can make tired-looking eyes pop – just apply a touch of silver or gold to the centre of your eyelid, the inner corner of your eye and the arch of your brow.
Insider’s tip: If you’re wary of enhancing fine lines and prefer to steer clear of shine, make your eyes come to life by framing them with an illuminating brow pencil that will give you just a hint of understated shimmer.
1. Clé de Peau Eye Color Quad in 314, $250 (Set includes bordeaux mascara and extra rich lipstick)
2. Lush First Snow Dusting Powder, $8
3. Smashbox Art.Love.Colour.eyes Set of 5 always sharp liners, $45 (3D Cleopatra shown)
4. Smashbox Brow Tech Highlight Stick in Bronze Shimmer, $24
5. Bobbi Brown Sequin Eyeshadow in Comet and Moon Rock, $42 each
6. Anna Sui Nail Art Foil, $12
A halo of soft, golden light on your face is the best accompaniment to any holiday outfit, and we have the perfect recommendation: Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold, $48. Its beautiful golden sheen is multi-functional to the max, allowing you to smudge it on with your fingers or dust it on with a brush.
Designed to be the ultimate finishing touch, the latest scents from king of glamour Michael Kors definitely look and smell like lustworthy treasure. Available in three different finishes (to match your favourite holiday baubles, of course), White Luminous Gold is sophisticated with notes of pear and amber, 24K Brilliant Gold is feminine with fresh florals, and our favourite of the bunch, Rose Radiant Gold, is addictive with soft musk and sexy spice. We especially like the rollerball size, $30, for tossing in our clutch for a mid-party touch-up. Michael Kors Gold Fragrance Collection Eau de Parfum, $107 each (100 mL).
Forget the fussy and time-consuming updos and enhance your look with an easy, do-all shine spray. Check out L’Oréal Professional Mythic Oil Shimmering Oil for Body and Hair, $29. Magnolia flower injects a calming citrus scent (ideal for when holiday shopping gets the best of you) while moisturizing dry, static-prone strands. It also serves as the perfect finishing touch to hair that’s been dulled by skipped washes or dry-shampoo usage.
Glittery body lotions can enhance your skin but also serve up sticky limbs and an overdose of sparkle right along with it. Instead, try Lush First Snow Dusting Powder, $8. This powder, with cornflower and Brazilian orange flower, leaves skin soft and smooth with a subtle citrus fragrance. Dare to wear a deep-V or scoop-necked look? This pretty, pearly dust will deliver just the right amount of lustre to your shoulders, limbs and décolletage, too.