Tatler asks make-up artists from some of your favourite brands all about how to emphasise your features using sparkly shades for fun and festive looks

Welcome to Tinsel Town, population: you. There’s an unwritten rule when it comes to Christmas and New Year’s Eve make-up that at least one component should be metallic, shimmery or, if you’re really going for it, glittery.

Make-up trends have evolved in the last few years to include highly creative looks, so the possibilities are endless when it comes to incorporating those three textures into your eyes, lips or base. If you're not a make-up maven, but want to try your hand at a festive look for the holidays, Tatler spoke to experts at major beauty brands including Byredo, Nars and Fenty Beauty all about what's trending and how to best incorporate a bit of sparkle into your make-up this season.

For eyes that sparkle

“Make-up trends in 2022 have been heavily influenced by the Y2K era, with futuristic aesthetics and bold colours encouraging people to try out different eye make-up styles,” says Patricia Ng, make-up specialist at Byredo. “When it comes to the holidays, looks are all about sparkle, so applying a silver shadow in the inner corners will make the eyes pop.”

Ng recommends that those with monolids can opt for a cut crease or halo eye look. “For a good cut crease, simply blend a matte shade into the crease of the eye, then spread a shimmery shade across the full eyelid. This creates sharp contrast and depth, giving you a divine look.”

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For a standout lip

Esme Poon, Nars assistant training manager, says, “Metallic lips are trending right now, especially on Instagram. To create this look, I’d suggest using a lipstick with a matte finish, then buffing metallic eye shadow in the centre of the lips.”

When creating a dramatic lip look, Ng says that it’s important to use an invisible lipliner first and prevent any colours from feathering.

For gleaming skin

Poon acknowledges that not all metallic shades will work for every skin tone. “People with neutral undertones can suit any metallic colour; [however] warmer undertones should go for rose gold and yellow gold shades, while metallics that are bright and silvery work best with cooler undertones.”

Leo Wong, chief make-up artist at Fenty Beauty in Hong Kong, says, “A lot of consumers are afraid of incorporating metallics into make-up, as they fear the look might not be friendly for the workplace or daily wear. The trick is to use it as a highlight. Simply focus the application on your cheekbones and the bridge of your nose to accentuate your features.

If you want skin to be the focus of a holiday-centric make-up, Poon suggests “mixing a small amount of highlighting powder into a light reflecting moisturiser for a fresh complexion. This combination melts into skin, creating a wearable metallic finish.”


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