Shimmer, Glimmer and Glitz

By on February 19, 2010, in Beauty Knowledge Center, Cosmetics

Everywhere you turn right now, it’s glistening tinsel and twinkling lights. Don’t let the decorations upstage your holiday look – all you need is a little bit of sparkly makeup and a certain twinkle in your eye to shine as brightly as the blinking bulbs. Here are a few tips on the best way to add that extra special holiday touch without looking like New Year’s confetti.

Low-key is Key
You don’t want to look like a disco ball, so pick one feature to play up with sparkle and stop there. Start with a smooth, even canvas (your skin) by using a primer to help makeup stay in place and evening skintone with a foundation and concealer.

Eye Dos
One of the simplest ways to add some sparkle to your look is to use a metallic crème eyeshadow, like Shadowlift from DuWop. They are easy to apply, have impressive staying power and add just a hint of drama. You can also line eyes with a metallic eye pencil, like Becca’s Line + Illuminate, to amp up the effect. For more pronounced sparkle, try lining your upper lid with a glittering liquid eyeliner, like the one from Nouba. Not only does it come in an array of party-ready colors, but it won’t budge until the party’s over.

Skin is In
If you want to play up your luminous skin, try dusting a layer of shimmering loose powder on cheeks, dècolletè and neck. You can also use a liquid or stick highlighter with a bit of shimmer in it to enhance your cheekbones, inner corners of eyes and brow bone to bring your face to life.

Lippity Slick
For putting the emphasis on lips, the way to go is an ultra-shiny, almost vinyl-looking lip gloss. Many have a hint of shimmer in them as well, for added oomph. To make lips appear fuller, dot a hint of shimmery, neutral-colored gloss in the middle of the bottom lip to draw attention to the fullest part.

Decoding Decorative Makeup
Here are a few helpful hints on levels of shimmer and shine, in order from least to most sparkle.

Shine: Appears as a slick, shiny surface, mostly applied to lip gloss and nail polish

Shimmer: A hint of glistening dust in a powder, liquid or crème form

Glitter: Discernable pieces of shimmering particles, usually suspended in a gel or liquid form for eyeliner or cheek/eye highlighter

Sparkle: Large chunks of reflective pieces that can be applied as a loose powder or wet gel