The products you need to sparkle and shimmer this party season
Take make-up inspiration from the catwalks, says Prudence Wade
Christmas party make-up means one thing and one thing only: sparkles, and lots of them. The great thing about glittery make-up is you can tailor it to your personality or how you're feeling on the night. For one party, you might fancy a low-key shimmer, but for the next, you could be looking for sparkly lips, eyes and cheeks - the whole shebang.
Luckily, the autumn/winter catwalk shows were full of disco-inspired make-up, providing plenty of beauty inspiration for the upcoming festive season. Here's how you can apply glittery make-up that's both perfectly Christmassy and bang on trend. Either pick an area to emphasise - like your lips or eyes - or go all-out and artfully glitter your whole face.
If you want the AW19 look, take inspiration from the Ashish fashion show, which accentuated models' lips with a lot of red sparkles. It's a bold look, but if you're used to wearing a red lip, adding glitter is the perfect way to level up, even if it's just for Christmas Day. If red isn't for you, ease into the trend with a paler shade that has a subtler shimmer.
- Lip Lingerie glitter in nude pink glitter, £7, NYX
- Haus Laboratories by Lady Gaga Le Riot lip gloss in Venus, £17, Amazon
- Glitter Lips in ruby slippers, £8.99, Beauty Blvd
Luckily, you need don't to be a pro make-up artist to nail the glitter trend on your eyes, as the fashion is for fairly indiscriminate sparkles all over your lids.
Many of us are scared of applying red eyeshadow - after all, you don't want to look like you have a rash - but adding sparkles is the perfect solution. Make like the models in the Rodarte show and pile a festive fire-engine red glitter on to your lids, with no danger of looking like you've got a skin condition.
Gold eyeshadow is appropriately festive and can be taken up or down in intensity, depending on your preference. And for those who want the minimalist version of the trend, opt for lighter, pearlier shades, which will still be festive and subtly different from your day-to-day make-up.
- Milani Gilded Noir eyeshadow palette, £28.25, Boots
- Huda Beauty Matte & Metal liquid eyeshadows in limelight and gold chains, £22, Harvey Nichols
- Spellbinder Shadow in stairs to the stars, £19, MAC
It's not just your eyes and lips which can be the star of the show, you can also get in on the shimmery trend by being liberal with highlighter along your cheekbones. Or, if you want to step it up a notch and really get into the Christmas spirit, you can dot glitter around your face. If you're going to go all out in sparkles, now is undoubtedly the time of year to do it...
- Mosaic glow blush, £31, NARS
- Fenty Beauty Killawatt foil freestyle highlighter duo, £28, Harvey Nichols
- Fantasy Glitter gold glitter pot and fixing gel, £2, Superdrug