Without resurrecting the Spice Girls glitter trend of the ’90s, consider adding a little shine to your makeup arsenal this holiday. The key to making iridescent makeup look sophisticated, says David Vincent, international makeup artist at Lise Watier, is to avoid playing with glitter everywhere at the same time.
For instance, he says, “start with one aspect you want to draw attention to. Whether you’re more of a lip girl or an eye girl, start with a subtle shiny lip gloss, lipstick or eyeshadow. Add a bit of shine to the part of your face that you’re used to enhancing.” “Remember,” says Vincent, “that shine brings attention to the part of the face it is applied to, so using shine on eyes, lips and cheeks may be too much.” If you want to use iridescent makeup on more than one feature for a special occasion or that big holiday party, Vincent suggests using a more neutral colour on one feature and applying more colour on another. Shimmering nude eyelids would look gorgeous with a deep red iridescent pout.
Here are Vincent’s top tips for applying different kinds of shimmering makeup for an elegant look that’s appropriate for every age.
“Add three focal points to your eyes — under the arch of the eyebrow, the centre of the eyelid and the inner corner of the eyes.” He adds that putting an iridescent shadow on the crease of your eye or other dark areas won’t have as much impact since those areas don’t catch and reflect light. The best way to apply shimmering powder to eyes, says Vincent, is to start with a small amount of powder on your brush and apply it to the three points he mentioned, then smudge over the rest of the eye with your fingers or a clean brush. Or use a more matte eyeshadow as a base and then add shiny points. Try: Lise Watier Palette Aurora Eyeshadows, $43, lisewatier.com
“If you’re used to wearing black liner, add a line of iridescent liner on top or just above your black liner. You’ll still have the same definition but you’ll also have the contrast with the shimmering liner,” says Vincent. He also suggests using a clear liquid liner with small bit of glitter in it for a bit of shine without a lot of definition. You can also apply either glitter or iridescent eyeliner just to the outer or inner corners of eyes for shine. Try: Lise Watier Aurora Iridescent Eyeliner, $22, lisewatier.ca
Face Powder and Blush
Vincent suggests using a matte blush to sculpt under cheekbones and an iridescent powder in a similar colour on top of cheekbones. Try using a fan brush to apply your blush and shimmer powder. Apply blush on one side of the wide brush and iridescent powder on the other, then holding the brush so it’s horizontal (parallel to your cheekbone), apply the blush with one side then flip it over and apply the iridescent powder. Dust off the brush and blend, holding the brush the same way (horizontal).
Only use a very small amount of iridescent powder. You’ll need less shimmer than you will colour, so always start with your blush and match the intensity of your cheek colour with the shine. Try: M.A.C Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish, $37, maccosmetics.com
Pair shimmering lips with shimmering but neutral-toned eyelids. Keep your lipstick in place by filling in lips with a neutral lip liner, applying an iridescent lipstick to your lips with a brush and then blotting them on a tissue to set the colour. Add another thin layer of lipstick to get the most shimmer you can. Try: Dior Dior Addict Lipstick, $34, sephora.com
Vincent says that body shimmer — and even glitter — can look good if the shiny powder is very finely milled so it gives a subtle, brightening glow when applied. He cites stars like J.Lo and Beyoncé as having skin that looks silky, healthy and glowing, not strictly shiny or glittery. And while you don’t want to have obvious glitter everywhere, Vincent underlines the importance of matching the finish on your body to your face. Use a sheer or neutral-coloured powder on collarbones, decolletage, cheekbones and under the arch of the eyebrows. Try: Lise Watier Aurora Celestial Light Powder, $36, lisewatier.com