Beauty & Beyond: The Sparkle Edition


Golds, silvers, shiny shiny shiny...all fun trends perfect for the holidays. I mean, when else can you safely rock some serious bling other than on NYE or a dressed-to-the-nines party?

Of course this can go above and beyond your typical sequins and lamé. How about "metalling" with your makeup. There's nothing I love more than metallic eyes, or even lips. Everything from "safe" silvers and golds to iridescent blues and reds. But in order to make this work, there are some rules of the bold...

First: Metallics do not go everywhere. You are not a disco ball. You are not the Tin Woman. Choose only two areas, like your eyes and cheeks. And if icy silver gives you the chills, consider trying warmer metallics like bronze and gold.

Secondly, apply with caution and follow our tips on how to sexy metallic eyes:

  1. Apply a beige eyeshadow all over the lid. This primes the lids and also allows the true sparkle to come through. Lorac makes a great eye shadow primer too.
  2. Using your large eyeshadow brush, apply the metallic shadow to the center of the eyelid and sweep to cover the entire lid (from crease to lash line). Pull the shadow out to a point on the outside corners of each eye. Try: Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Eldorado or Make Up For Ever'??s Aqua Cream in either silver or gold.
  3. Apply a thin line of bronze or brown liquid eyeliner; also pulling out to a point on the outside corners of each eye. If you really want to boost the bling, use a metallic liner instead like Too Faced's Starry Eyed Liquid Shimmer Eyeliner in Silver Lining or Make Up For Ever'??s new Aqua Liner in Diamond Gold.
  4. Finish with a volumizing mascara. Two coats, if you please.

It might be the perfect complement to that New Year'??s Eve midnight toast, but that doesn'??t mean you can'??t glam it up during the day too. You can even expect to see some glimmer in fashion during the entire winter season--both day and night. Just remember to use light sparkle for day; heavy metal for night. Make Up For Ever also has a great shiny ruby red lip gloss I love for daytime shimmer.

Also, be sure to keep everything not too over-the-top, and only then will you truly shine.

Photo credit: Nutdanai Apikhomboonwaroot

Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines, as well as her own

Momtrends was not paid for this post. We did receive samples for review purposes.

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