Shiny Pretty Things

Glit­ter­ing evening looks that are our #Beau­tyGoals RN

Cosmopolitan (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - BY INGEBORG VAN LOTRINGEN

Gold Rush

‘For a 24-carat party look, use gold leaf,’ says makeup artist Caro­line Barnes. ‘It’s easy to use be­cause it moulds to the face. Slice out a ba­sic shape to frame the outer eye, press it to the face, then use a stiff, an­gled eye­brow brush to re­move bits and re­fine the shape – but don’t be too pre­cise. Add smudged brown eye pen­cil along the lash lines, with a cham­pagne high­lighter in the in­ner cor­ners, then com­ple­ment the gold gleam with a deep-pur­ple lip lac­quer. With these looks, avoid thick lash­ings of mas­cara or you’ll look like a circus act. For skin, a soft, lu­mi­nous foun­da­tion is ideal.’

Su­per Jet

‘ This is Kate Moss’s morn­ing-af­ter rock- chick eye look – the glit­ter ver­sion,’ says Barnes. ‘Line eyes with jet-black kohl, laid on thick. Smudge gen­er­ously, es­pe­cially un­der the eyes, then pimp with chunky black glit­ter. The big­ger the par­ti­cles, the stronger the ad­he­sive needs to be – try Ey­lure Lash Fix Strip Lash Ad­he­sive Clear Fin­ish (R49,95). Dab a tiny amount on top of the kohl base be­fore sparsely ap­ply­ing the sparkle. Chunky glit­ter can dis­tort eyes op­ti­cally, so if you want yours to look twinkly rather than freak­ish, spread out the par­ti­cles – and don’t go overboard. Sculpt lids, lips and cheeks with sub­tle taupe and nude cream for­mu­las.’

In Se­quins

‘Use sil­ver me­tal­lic paint or pig­ment with a mix­ing medium such as MAC Mix­ing Medium Eye­liner (R330) to cre­ate big cat flicks at the outer cor­ners and in­verted ones at the in­ner cor­ners,’ says Barnes. ‘Pull out the top line above each crease in a cres­cent­moon shape that stops short of join­ing the cat flick for a sexy bat-mask, not stick-on glasses. You can use loose glit­ter or sil­ver se­quins. Red or plum lips keep the look from get­ting too “fairy”.’


‘A me­tal­lic fin­ish is ex­actly the op­po­site of a glit­ter one in terms of op­tics,’ says Barnes. ‘Me­tal­lic lids add di­men­sion to eyes in a sim­ple way, nat­u­rally ac­cen­tu­at­ing the shape. Us­ing me­tal­lic pig­ment, paint or liq­uid and a brush, fol­low the nat­u­ral con­tours of the lids – but wing the colour out in a geo­met­ric, blunt shape for a fu­tur­is­tic feel. You can per­fect the edges with a cot­ton bud dipped in mi­cel­lar wa­ter. Don’t go com­pletely an­droid: pile on black liner and mas­cara along the lash lines. Mir­ror the shape un­der the lower lashes – the wider the line, the big­ger your eyes will look. Pick up the cool sheen on the tops of your cheek­bones with a moon­shine­toned high­lighter, and fin­ish with a me­tal­lic nude lip­stick.’

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