When I think of the festive season there’s pretty much one thing that comes to mind, sparkle and glitter – okay maybe that’s two things, but they come under the same umbrella. It’s everywhere: from the tree, to the clothes you’re wearing, and to the makeup on your face. On a day to day basis I usually go for a pretty simple matte brown eye look, but i’ll take any excuse to add some shimmer..so I see what is basically a whole two month festive period as an excuse to make glitter an everyday occurrence.
For the look i’m using products from the House of Fraser party makeup range, which is a one stop shop for everything shimmer and glitter you’ll need for the festive season, including those Stila Eye liquid eyeshadows everyone is currently lusting over.
I’ve well and truly broken out the 80s vibes with this Christmas jumper, I know.
I’m going pretty old school with the base but if it ain’t broken don’t fix it right? Although the focus of this look is being as shimmery and glittery as possible, you have to give your face some definition and warmth especially in the colder months. Before getting Benefit Hoola from the House of Fraser party makeup range, I had actually never tried the ultimate original bronzer powder, but after having used it a good few times now I can see why this cult product has been placed in the product line up.
It’s the most bendable, soft, pigmented bronzer i’ve ever tried. You need just a touch of product (seriously just a touch) to achieve those sculpted cheekbones we all wish we had. I used an angled blush brush to blend this into the hollows of my cheekbones, along my jawline and to my hairline – to make my forehead appear a little bit smaller and give some shape to my face. This looks really warm in my swatches below, but you can really get this to work the way you want it to by going easy and working to blend it out, or going a little more intense with it depending on the look you’re going for.
No matter what time of the year we’re in you’ll always find me wearing highlighter, and for this look i’m using the first highlighter I ever owned, Benefit High Beam. I really love to use a liquid highlighter for some looks because I always find they just give a completely different effect compared to a powder alternative, this gives the perfect pink winter glow and it’ll match perfectly with the glitter eyeshadow i’ve picked for my eyes. I applied High Beam to my cheek bones, brow bones, cupid’s bow and the end of my nose.
The focus of any glitter makeup look is always the eyes, it’s the place I always experiment with the most and probably the place you can get away with the most! Chances are if you’ve been on Instagram lately you will have seen the new Stila liquid eyeshadows, they’re the epitome of swatch heaven with gorgeous pink and gold hues, so when I saw them on the party makeup page I knew I needed to get one for this look.. and the shade “Rose Gold Retro” really couldn’t be anymore perfect.
These are actually such a great versatile product, the name “liquid eyeshadow” might sound daunting at first but they’re the perfect product to swipe over the lid and instantly have a beautiful glittery eye perfect for the season. Alternatively you could use these in the centre of the lid or in the inner corner to add highlight, along with powder shadows to go a little easier on the glitter.
You know me I love a multi use product, so I also used the Hoola Bronzer on my eyes, just to soften out the glitter and define my crease.
Keeping with my pretty pink themed look I went for one of the new YSL matte lip stains in shade 7, and since getting this I literally haven’t worn another lipstick.
The formula is the real winner here, it’s really “liquidy” so it means it goes on the lips like water but manages to dry down matte without being drying. It’s almost hard to imagine a liquid lip that isn’t drying but i think it’s down to the really thin formula, it isn’t like your typical thick liquid lipsticks that suck the moisture out of your lips, it just manages to sit on top and stain the lips without feeling like you’ve got a huge thick layer on.
Also the shape of the wand on this means you don’t really need a lip liner which is a huge time saving bonus, and also means you use less product – the lack of liner doesn’t mean the lipstick will bleed either, these stay put all day.
A look like this is always my favourite at this time of year, are you ready to embrace the glitter?
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by House of Fraser.