I think I may have been a magpie in a previous life. Show me anything shiny or eye-catching and consider my interest well and truly piqued. I tend to wear glitter all year, but you know… ’tis the season, so let’s all embrace the shimmer. Here’s my glowy make up edit… prepare to be dazzled!
When I say ‘glowy make up’ I have something to suit everyone: luxury treats and highstreet bargains; something a little bit subtle and along with a few things that are more in-your-face… let’s do this!
Just because you don’t like glittery eyeshadow or a shimmery lipstick, doesn’t mean you can’t embrace the glow. When I’m looking a little bit tired/grey/hungover, I mix a bit of the Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer* into my foundation. It gives my skin a really sexy glow that I love. I also use 3INA highlighter in ‘201 Beige’* because you can never have enough highlighter in my opinion: I dust it across my cheekbones, cupid’s bow and brow bone to give a little dimension to my potato face.
If you want to try out a pop of colour then I recommend having a peek at the NYX range. Their products are so affordable, easily accessible on the high street, and offer some of the boldest and prettiest colours out there. The NYX Vivid Brights cream eyeshadow in ‘Light Show’ is an intense yellow-gold cream eyeshadow that you can wear in so many ways: swipe over the lid for a wash of colour; build it up with a brush for a more bold block colour, or use a thin brush to wing it out (as I did below).
For my birthday earlier this year, my husband offered to buy me the Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow quad that I had my eye on. I thought I wanted ‘Dolce Vita’ – you know, the one everyone raves about – but as soon as I saw ‘The Vintage Vamp’ I was sold. Soft peach and gold shimmers mixed with red-purple mattes? DREAMY. This is a very wearable way to bring a bit of glitter into your life.
What is more festive than an eyeliner with green and red micro glitter? Nothing. The Studio London glitter eyeliner came as part of a pack and they are so, so affordable and very easy to use. The applicator is a little bulky for my taste, but for the price it’s brilliant and the glitter is very pigmented.
Prepare to see the Stila Magnificent Metals cream eyeshadows in EVERY beauty round up of the year. These bad boys are one of the best products I’ve tried in 2017 and there’s a colour to suit every taste in the range. Obviously I went for the most obnoxious one: Stila Magnificent Metals in ‘Diamond Dust’*, a silver holographic glitter that catches the light and looks even more spangly in person. It’s a little wet to apply straight from the applicator, so I like to apply a blob to the back of my hand and then apply to the lid with a brush. (Bloodshot eyes: model’s own. Oh the joys of ocular rosacea!)
A rose gold lipstick? You can practically hear the sighs of pleasure coming from across the blogosphere! I initially thought NYX Cosmic Metals liquid lipstick ‘Speed Of Light’* would be a matte lip cream (you all know they’re my faves) but this stays as a metallic cream lipstick. But it’s so flipping pretty I can forgive the formula.
The last item in this glowy make up edit is seriously festive: the YSL Vinyl Couture Mascara in ‘I’m The Fire’. This arrived in a surprise parcel from my little sister (she knows me so well) and I’m in love! It’s a sparkly gold mascara that you can either apply to the end of the lashes over mascara (as below) for a subtle flash of metallic prettiness, or go full on layers of gold for an impactful look.
I really hope you’re enjoyed this glowy make up edit, I had a lot of fun going through my make up drawers and fully embracing my magpie tendencies!
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