Go for major impact with these makeup, nail and hair tricks from the pros.
SHINY, HAPPY GLOSSES Too Faced Melted Latex Liquiﬁed High Shine Lipstick in But First, Lipstick ($33, Sephora). Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Icon ($46, Sephora).
FOR POLISH AND RADIANCE, GO FOR GLOSSY FINISHES, WHICH REFLECT LIGHT.
MAKE YOUR LIPS POP
To help glossy lips stand out, Jessica Hill, a makeup artist with Blushington Makeup and Beauty Lounge in New York City, recommends sporting velvet-matte foundation on the rest of your face.
LIGHT UP YOUR LIDS
“I love applying a touch of translucent lip gloss over eyeshadow for a holiday look,” says Derek Selby, a makeup artist and a global ambassador for Cover Fx.
“Parties are often candlelit, so the gloss reﬂects the ﬂickering light and makes your eyes dazzle.”
GET TIPS THAT TWINKLE
Top a metallic nail lacquer with a super glossy topcoat, and you’ll score a shiny, chrome-like ﬁnish, says Jin Soon Choi, the creator of the eponymous nail lacquer line.
ACCESSORISE YOUR HAIR
Tommy Buckett, a celebrity hairstylist and Garnier haircare consultant, has used vintage brooches to adorn buns – and once even braided cocktail rings into a ﬁshtail. Inspired.
GLEAM TEAM Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight ($65, Sephora). Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Highlighter in Opal ($58, Sephora).
ADD OPALESCENCE TO CREATE A SHEEN THAT’S A TAD MORE HIGH-BEAM THAN GLOSS.
“Choose a highlighter shade that enhances your skin tone,” says Derek, who prefers silver or champagne for fairer skin and bronze, gold or copper for medium to dark complexions. Then apply it strategically: “I like to tap highlighter onto the tops of cheekbones, at the temples, and on the eyelids for what I call the surprise effect; you catch a glimpse of glimmer when you blink.”
Derek also suggests dotting highlighting cream under and over the brow to create the illusion of a lift, at the inner corners of the eyes to wake them up, and on the centre of the lips to give some fullness.
BEDECK YOUR BODY
“Mix a few drops of highlighting liquid into a generous squirt of body lotion, then apply anywhere skin will be visible, like your legs, shoulders, or decolletage,” Derek says.
DIY BLING RING
Paint eight ﬁngertips with a pastel cream colour, then paint just your ring ﬁngers with a shimmery version of the same shade (think pale pink with a rose-gold accent).
SILVER AND BOLD YSL Beaute La Laque Couture in 54 Studio Silver ($40). Nails Inc Caffeine Hit in Rise and Grind (£11 or S$19.95, www.nailsinc.com).
GLITTER IS DARING IN TERMS OF TEXTURE, AND IT’S ALSO DAZZLING.
GO MEGA WITH YOUR MANI
To put glittery nails in the spotlight, Jin Soon suggests painting them with an understated sheer neutral. Then, while the lacquer is still tacky, sprinkle on loose glitter. Set with clear topcoat. You may also try a glittery topcoat if loose glitter is a mess in your mind.
FIRE UP YOUR STYLE
“Use glitter hairspray to set your do by lightly misting your whole head,” says Rita Hazan, a celebrity colourist and hair colour authority. “Or spray strategically, as you would on a ponytail, bangs, or the underside of the hair after creating an updo.”
DRAW ON SPARKLE
“Add rock-star sizzle to your makeup with a glittery eyeliner,” says Wende Zomnir, co-founder and chief creative officer of Urban Decay Cosmetics, who likes to apply the brand’s Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner to her top lash line, and a sparkle-free, complementary colour to her bottom lashes.
PHOTOS CLAIRE BENOIST
STYLING ALMA MELENDEZ/HALLEY RESOURCES