Make- up for the party sea­son

Glam up – we have en­tered ‘ the glit­ter­ing’

The Irish Times Magazine - - BEAUTY - LAURA KENNEDY

There is a time for the el­e­gant sub­tlety of pared- back, skin- first make- up. That time is not now. We have en­tered what I like to think of as “the glit­ter­ing” – a six - week pe­riod in the midst of the grim­ness of win­ter when it is ad­vis­able and en­joy­able to take in­spi­ra­tion from that clas­sic style icon, the Christ­mas tree. Words such as “taste­ful” and “so­phis­ti­cated” are dis­pensed with, and we all get to have a bit of fun.

At other times of the year, sparkle and se­quins may raise the odd be­grudg­ing eye­brow but dur­ing party sea­son, even cur­mud­geons can get on board.

If you’re still re­luc­tant, con­sider that a fes­tive make- up is more af­ford­able and wear­able than some of the more de­light­fully vul­gar sea­sonal gar­ments. There is a gold se­quin dress from L. K. Ben­nett which I have taken to googling win­somely, but which I can­not af­ford and would never have any­where to wear. In­stead, in homage to that spec­tac­u­lar and im­prac­ti­cal gar­ment, I will wear an equiv­a­lent bolt of gold sparkle on my eyes.

If you want to dig into the sparkle but are un­sure where to start, 1. Stila 3D Daz­zle Glit­ter & Glow Liq­uid Eye Shadow Set (¤ 36, Har­vey Nichols Dun­drum) fea­tures three of the best en­try- level glit­ters ( warn­ing – they are gate­way glit­ters; ad­dic­tion may re­sult).

Since it is a creamy liq­uid prod­uct, you won’t get drop­down or have a night­mare ap­ply­ing it.

The Kit­ten Karma shade in the set is like no glit­ter you have ever seen. It is like some­one melted money on to your eye­lids, with­out the griev­ous in­jury.

For the more adept at ap­pli­ca­tion, 2. MAC Shiny Pretty Things Mini Glit­ter & Pig­ments Kit in gold (¤ 30, Arnotts) is a de­li­cious set from Mac which is ex­cel­lent value. Two glit­ters and two pow­der pig­ments give you op­tions for dif­fer­ent eye looks, with even a light ap­pli­ca­tion of the glit­ter look­ing like fairy lights for eyes. If you are go­ing in­tense on the eyes, you can of course go in­tense on the lips but I love a nude lip­stick to keep the fo­cus on the eye. Be care­ful – you can pick up an en­tire party sea­son look at MAC with­out bat­ting a lashed eye­lid. Its 3. Cremesheen Lip­stick in Ba­betown (¤ 20, Arnotts) from the Christ­mas col­lec­tion is a beauty ba­sic that will see you through the sum­mer, but in a flashy sil­ver bul­let that thrills the in­ner mag­pie.

Party sea­son looks are all about ma­nip­u­lat­ing light so don’t stop at the eyes. 4. Ca­trice High Glow Min­eral High­lighter (¤ 5.50, Pen­neys) is the best af­ford­able high­lighter around, par­tic­u­larly for paler skin. For even more in­tensely fes­tive light re­flec­tion, noth­ing tops a glossy red lip. Wear 5. Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss in Flam­ing Lips (¤ 31, Brown Thomas) alone or over your favourite red lip­stick for a juicy, iri­des­cent ef­fect that’s just per­fectly too much. Don’t be afraid of amp­ing up your look over the next few weeks. Ev­ery­one ( yes, ev­ery­one) can wear fun, dra­matic make- up.


At other times of year, sparkle and se­quins may raise the odd be­grudg­ing eye­brow, but dur­ing party sea­son, even the cur­mud­geons can get on board

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