The holiday party circuit offers us all a welcome end-of-year opportunity to get a little flashy — think glitzy dresses, high-impact shoes, even one of those mistletoe headband, if you’re feeling particularly cheeky. That December daring tends to stop at our faces, though, mainly because glitter makeup can become entirely too festive if applied with abandon.
So how does one tow the line between sparkly sheen and Saturday Night Fever? Read on for a few products that range from minimalist shine to megawatt bling.
When dusted above cheekbones and down the nose, this liquid-powder highlighter catches light like no other. M.A.C Extra Dimension Skinfinish, $33, M.A.C.
Step one: Spray old-timey bottle at hair and decollete. Step two: Look like an understated Christmas nymph. Souffle d’Or de Shalimar Perfumed Iridescent Powder for Hair & Body, $105, Holt Renfrew.
Can a golden glittery wash ever be sheer? This Lise Watier number says yes. It also comes with a built-in mirror so you’ll look festive but never overdone. Haute Lumière High Shine Lip Gloss in Gold Glory, $24, Lise Watier.
Amp things up a bit with this creamy eye formula, packed with microfine sparkle. A rare metal.
Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Cream Eyeshadow in Chem Trail, $29, Sephora.
Warning: this cranberry-hued loose powder is mega-concentrated, so use sparingly.
M.A.C Pigment Colour Powder in Rose, $26, M.A.C.