We often pull out the sparkliest goods in our makeup wardrobe when prepping for the holiday party circuit, but the danger of slipping from sophisticated, candlelit glow to disco disaster is never far away. While we’re all for a straight-up sparkle fest now and then, sleek will always read as sophisticated. This year, dial up just the right wattage with these sparkling ideas from New York makeup artist Deanna Melluso.
Rule #1: Contrast Matte with Sparkle
Highlighted cheekbones and shiny lids complement a glittering lip, but a matte T-zone is key for balance. Pat luminizer on the high points of your cheeks, and stroke balm, salve, or eye gloss from your lash line to just below your brow bone. Finish by dusting your forehead, nose, and chin with translucent powder. The tasteful combo of color and glow is “luxurious and ideal for going from office to evening,” says Melluso.
Rule #2: Go For a Hydrated Shine
For the ultimate radiance boost, mix a luminous skin care serum into your foundation and under-eye concealer. Then define bone structure with cream blush on top of cheekbones, from the apples toward your temples, and cream contour below. Lastly, tap more serum onto your cheekbones. Melluso explains, “It’ll give you a breathable and believable glow.”
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer, $26; esteelauder.com
Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Sculpting Contour Trio, $21; sephora.com
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, $62; esteelauder.com
Sisley Phyto-Ombe Glow Luminous Eye Shadow in Gold, $54; sisley-paris.com
Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow in Patrice, $26; kevynaucoin.com
Rule #3: Make Smokey Eyes Metallic