Sunday, 17 December 2017

All That Glitters!

It is quite true that many of us only feel comfortable wearing lashings of glitter and maybe even a red lip when the Coco-Cola lorry advert has been seen and the Pogue's with Kirsty MacColl, have hurled abuse at each other in a festive way.
So, what shimmery makeup do I reach for during the festive season?

It's nice to have larger palettes to work from, but, I do tend to buy glittery and shimmery shadows as a solo piece. The application is easy, fingers always press these textures easily onto the eye area, or face, there is no reason why you can't use them on the face. Using a cream shadow or primer first will give the sparkle something to adhere to and increase the longevity of the product.
So, here are some of my Christmas shimmer favourites, including some larger palettes that contain serious glittery pans of colour.

Firstly and featuring as the main photo, Glo & Ray, this amazing eye pigment PURE GALAXY, is not one to be sneezed at, literally, the pigment finds its way everywhere, not just on your eyes. I find this works really well over a cream shadow, I pick the colour from the pot with a brush, press in place and then use my fingers to blend into place, a stunning colour. Be prepared, you will get fall out, it does fall like snowflakes onto the cheeks, but it's so gorgeous, no one will care. I use this shade with purple, grey and deep blue shadows, it's also nice over a subtle shade if you want the pigment to be the stand-alone shade. I find it works at its best when layered over a cream or powder shadow.

DOLCE VITA from Charlotte Tilbury is my favourite of her quad palettes, and I adore the shades. One, of course, stands out and has been used more than most, yes, the glittery gold/bronzed shade, which gorgeously sits on the eyelid and glistens the evening away. One of the easiest to apply, it has a great staying power and not a terrible amount of fallout. I also use this in the corners of the eyes for a pop of colour.

Bobbi Brown features a few times in this piece, the brand does sparkle and shimmer in a subtle and delicate way, no large glitter pieces to contend with. ALLSPICE  is a dark brown and quite a hard texture, the sparkle is more obvious than the brown tone when applied to the lids, so, you do need to build this
shade, it is a safer application because of colour subtlety. This is nice alone as a colour, it works better that way, rather than layering over another shade.

Makeup Academy FIRE VIXEN  has a mix of shadows and two from the High Pearl options are perfect to work with other shades and give a lovely glimmer to the eyes. They give great payback, a lovely shimmer to the eyes and a smooth application. 

Nars, this was a limited edition from the Christopher Kane collection, the shade is OUTER LIMITS. Every time I wear this, over an existing shadow, either powder or cream, I am asked what I have on my eyelids. The colour is a kaleidoscope of shades, gold, pink, silver and rose gold, it glistens on the lids like a jewel and sets of every shadow shade I wear. The perfect Christmas addition, aside from Cranberry Sauce.

Bobbi Brown is the delicate, gentler option for adding a little more to your look over the festive period, certain shades from the Warm Glow palette, are perfect to add a little sparkle to existing eye shades or to use in the eye corner or to highlight the face. 

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash in ROSE GOLD is the perfect option for a delicate and soft focus finish to the eye. It's a smooth application, leaves a subtle hue of colour but, it's not too much if you prefer the more gentle application of makeup.

Huda Beauty, this is the selection box, a veritable feast of colour and seven options to upgrade your makeup to serious festive sparkle. Browns, golds, rose gold and bronze are calling to be pressed onto the eyelids, these are strong shades and need placing, a brush will just spread the shimmer, fingers really help stick the colours in place and keep them there. They do work well alone but, I prefer to use them with and over other shades to build the impact. This is the palette if sparkle is your middle name. 

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