Bright Spark: the best glitter beauty ideas to turn up your festive look
Grown-up glitter, sophisticated sparkle and a hint of subtle shimmer – now is the time to join the metallic movement…
Once you’ve mastered the basics, it’s time to get experimental. Here, Nicolas dusted the pink and grey tones from the Givenchy La Palette Midnight Skies, Dhs165, on top of different eyes for a playful take. Both work equally well solo, or paired with grey swept over lids and pink hugging the lower lash line. Expect punchy pigments alongside long-lasting sparkle.
Givenchy Midnight Skies Liner Vinyl in Red Night Dhs102 at Harrods
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Dhs134 at Sephora
Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Vivid Garnet Dhs95 at Look Fantastic
Givenchy La Palette Midnight Skies Dhs165 at Harrods
A carefully placed highlight will guarantee a more glowing complexion, but not all formulas are made equal. Liquid drops that glide on top of the skin and ﬁnely milled powders that reﬂect light without obvious iridescence are the foolproof answers. ‘To create an intense radiance on the skin, wet the Mystic Glow Highlighter before applying for a powerful result,’ advises Nicolas. How glow you go is entirely up to you.
Givenchy Mystic Glow Palette Dhs140 at Harrods
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow Dhs184 at Sephora
Givenchy Teint Couture Shimmer Powder in Shimmery Gold Dhs135 at Harrods
Givenchy Teint Couture Radiant Drop in Radiant Gold Dhs135 at Harrods
Don’t leave your nails out of the action: a rich grape tone with a touch of iridescent shimmer nods to this season’s penchant for berry shades, with a little more bite. Wear alongside an adorned smoky eye and we guarantee you’ll want to go out-out.
Givenchy Le Vernis Nail Polish in Cosmic Night Dhs95 at Saks Fifth Avenue
MAC Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Knight Divine Dhs75
Lancome Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara Dhs135 at Sephora
For those not sold on the glitterati route, a punchy wash of metallic is the way to go. Elongate eyes by sweeping liquid shadow out towards the tip of the brow, experimenting with placement to ﬂatter your individual shape. ‘Don’t be afraid to play with and exaggerate a traditional eyeliner ﬂick – it’s the season to experiment!’ urges Nicolas. As for colour? Deep plums, burgundy and bronze tones are trend-forward without being overbearing.
Marc Jacobs Beauty See-quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow in Blitz Glitz Dhs120
Givenchy Encre A Cils Mascara Top Coat Dhs90 at Harrods
Shiseido Kajal Ink Artist in Plum Blossom Dhs125 at Ounass
Throw out the rule book; shimmer needn’t be restricted to one area only. Marry lids, cheeks, lips and nails with varying amounts of subtle sparkle to bring everything together. Just make sure to leave the surrounding skin as natural as possible and don’t go overboard in one spot – this is synchronised shine that works as a team.
Givenchy Rouge Interdit Lipstick in Midnight Red Dhs153 at Sephora
Chanel Ombre Premiere Cream Eyeshadow in Rose Lame Dhs125
Christian Louboutin Tape A L'Oeil Metallic Eye Colour in Morganite Dhs155 at Harrods
Beauty Direction: Joely Walker Photos: Jason Hetherington Model: Blanca Padilla for Givenchy Beauty