Wear Glitter As A Grown-Up

Wear Glitter As A Grown-Up
Thursday, December, 27, 2012 Working glitter into your makeup routine can be tricky. In fact, for 11 months out of the year, we'd suggest sticking to nail polish or skipping glitter entirely. But this month, with a calendar full of festivities, we encourage you to go crazy--sort of. Nars' National Makeup Stylist, Janice Daoud, agrees: "Glitter is best when emphasized in one area," she says. "If your eye shadow has glitter, skip the flecks in your gloss." Speaking of flecks, before you embark on this challenge, we encourage you to pay attention to their size. Big flakes in your nail polish? Great. On your face? Not so much.Daoud's holiday pick is Nars' Andy Warhol Soft Touch Pencil ($24) in Silver Factory. The brand's soft pencils are easy to use and layer. "Apply to the lid then add any light-reflecting shadow on top," she says. M.A.C.'s Pressed Pigment ($21) in Deeply Dashing turns the silver warm and subtle, while Laura Geller's Baked Eyeshadow ($24) in Stainless Teal is party-ready. Want more options? Lancome's Color Design Palette ($49) in Violet Magnetique boasts five colors and built-in directions for building a vivid smoky eye.

Hard Candy might not be packing plastic heart rings anymore, but its devotion to sparkle is still unmatched. Try rimming your eyes with their Take Me Out Eyeliner ($5) in Truffle or Handcuffs for a light-catching cat-eye. Not wild enough? Sephora's Deco Daze Glitter Eyeliner Appliques ($5) are even easier to apply and come in gold, silver, and purple.

If you'd rather stick to flecks of gold on your lips, there's no shortage of glitter-infused gloss on the market. Dolce & Gabbana's Ultra-Shine Lipgloss ($29) in Pink Diamond looks purple but goes on clear, while Bobbi Brown's High Shimmer Lip Gloss ($23) in Oyster turns frosty. Le Metier de Beaute's Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss ($32) in Orange Juiced actually does deliver a sheer orange tint. If, for some reason, those aren't actually glittery enough, take the Violent Lips plunge. Their Temporary Lip Tattoos ($7) come in almost every color imaginable (even ombre!) and should stay on all night. There are three per pack, just in case.

Before you jump on the glitter nail polish bandwagon, make sure you're armed with a bottle of acetone polish to soak it all off. Then feel free to splurge on Deborah Lippmann's Nail Lacquer ($18) in Let's Go Crazy or Butter London's Nail Polish ($14) in Fiddlesticks. Want chunkier glitter? Topshop's Nails ($10) in Beleza has silver flecks in blue polish while China Glaze's Nail Polish ($5) in Techno is as holographic as it sounds.

One last word of advice? Sequins plus glitter equals a train wreck, so if you're going for a sparkly beauty look, skip the spangled clothes.

-Britt Aboutaleb
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