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Sparkle season


All that glitters is not gold – but it could well be some embellished holiday beauty. The party season is nothing if not an excuse to have some fun, makeup included. Glitter and sparkles have had a makeup moment in a year that needed some brightening up, so we’ve compiled three ways you can trial the trend this holiday season.

 

EMBELLISHED EYES
Take a leaf out of London Fashion Week’s book and try some stick-on gems or foil to accompany or replace eye shadow. The March shows saw model after model embellished with the materials. Makeup artist Deja Smith told Bustle gold foil is an emerging trend, and can be achieved with gold leaf purchased from a craft store.

GLITTER BOMBSHELL
Forget individual flecks of the sparkly stuff and use a glitter gel pencil or shadow to add a literal glint to your eyelids. If statement shades are not for you, more subtle holographic pigments can be found in neutral shades and with lower glitter ratios. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna’s Liquid Diamond Bomb Glitter Highlighter comes highly recommended.

NAIL IT
If facial sparkle is a bit too out there, consider an iridescent manicure instead. Adorn your hands with some shimmering lacquer to bring some festive spirit to any outfit. Try a simple clear lacquer with added glitter, or the plethora of coloured options, too. To tone it down even more, add just one glittery feature nail to your DIY or salon set.


 

Shine bright


Blazing a trail, both figuratively and literally, the fashionably elite have been hitting the catwalk and the red carpet dressed in a selection of shimmer this sartorial season.

SKAGEN BRACELET FOSSIL GROUP

 

There are endless interpretations, with an option for every occasion.

TRELISE COOPER MADE YOU LOOK JACKET

 

Dazzling diamantes and floor-skimming metallics traditionally reserved for evening attire have been liberated from their after-hour confines and are sweeping into sartorial consciousness as appropriate attire for, well… anytime!

ORDER OF STYLE IRO LAVAUR TOP

Cut loose in a suitably shimmery midi, step into the limelight with a sequined blazer or bedazzle your tee-and-jeans combo with the sparkliest of accessories.

ASOS SEQUIN MIDI SKIRT

Minimalism may have dominated on the catwalks for the past decade, with muted colours and shapeless silhouettes, but ‘70s-inspired DESIGNS have trickled down from high-fashion and the last couple of seasons have seen a resurgence of high-octane glamour, glitter, sequins and feathers.

KARMME METALLIC EVENING POUCH

Take the opportunity to shine and add the Midas touch to your wardrobe this season. After all, when it comes to our wardrobes, we’re all about ‘shimmer, spice and all things nice’.

 

TRELISE COOPER MADE YOU LOOK JACKET

 

MISSGUIDED BLACK SEQUIN GLITTER HEELS

Sequin & Sparkle: The return of the 1980s obsession with glitz

If you’re a kid of the eighties and nineties, the sight of sequins and sparkles might bring on a serious case of déjà vu, but in fact, you’re on a date with reality because these style statements are making a colourful comeback right now.

MAC GRAND ILLUSION LIQUID LIP COLOUR.
MAC GRAND ILLUSION LIQUID LIP COLOUR.
MAC DAZZLE SHADOW IN SAY IT ISN’T SO.
MAC DAZZLE SHADOW IN SAY IT ISN’T SO.
HOMAGE DIAMOND CUT OUT SEQUIN DRESS.
HOMAGE DIAMOND CUT OUT SEQUIN DRESS.
MISSGUIDED BLACK SEQUIN GLITTER HEELS
MISSGUIDED BLACK SEQUIN GLITTER HEELS
SUPRE STRAPPY SPARKLE PLAYSUIT.
SUPRE STRAPPY SPARKLE PLAYSUIT.

While they may have fallen out of favour with the style powerhouses for a number of years, courting criticism for their ostentatious, some might even say, garish personality, they’ve quickly re-established themselves as the ‘go to’ for the coming seasons.
From earrings to sequin and sparkle encrusted ensembles, this ‘more is more’ aesthetic is having its moment in a loud and proud fashion. Tom Ford brought sexy back with his sparkling undergarments on the spring/summer runway, with Marc Jacobs also coming to this pretty party with his sequined garments. Christopher Kane, Fendi and Gucci are also no strangers to a bit of sequin and sparkle magic, and the trickle down effect is in full force with high street retailers embracing these embellishments.
Not for the faint hearted, history tells us this concept also has a somewhat transient nature, but don’t be despondent; anything relegated to the back of the wardrobe when it finally has the wind knocked out of it will most certainly enjoy a revival when future runways start to shine once again so invest with confidence.