With Christmas and New Year autofilling your social calendar, the opportunity for chic make-up is sky high. And whether you’re hitting Christmas Eve drinks, dressing up to stay in, or going all-out for NYE, we’ve got a fresh face trend for you to try. Enter the world of frosted beauty…
5 FROSTED MAKE-UP PICKS
By Joanna Kyte, 22 December 2017
Set aside your shadows and gloss – it’s time for eye creams to take centre stage. Hot brand of 2017, 3ina (pronounced 'mina'), have created a smooth and shimmery way to cover your lids and, being an eyeshadow obsessive, I was keen to try it. The texture of this is thicker than you might imagine, so start small and build up your colour using a flat brush or your ring finger. Good news: the tint will stay strong throughout the day and can double up as a highlighter for your cheeks.
The mermaid effect
If, like me, you’ve been finishing every December look with a dose of glitter (v likely), this one’s for you. The sparkle pros at In Your Dreams have created a pot of holographic pieces to take you straight to shine city this season. It turns out, going chunky with your glitter has huge benefits; more control during application and a bigger sparkle effect once it’s on. First, apply a daily moisturiser to the area you want to shimmer then gently dab on the iridescent product and layer up until you're happy with your look. Breezy.
For the purposes of this futuristic trend, I decided to hit pause on my usual black liner and reach out for the white. This NYX version is smooth-as, providing a teeny paintbrush style tip (go slow if you’re used to a firmer pen liner to avoid going off-track) and an easy-apply liquid. To make this colour super effective, go bold with your strokes (turn up the thickness or try a cat-flick) and finish with a light sweep of mascara.
Remember school days spent painting Tipp-Ex onto your fingernails? Turns out, you were really onto something. In more legit fashion, Barry M have upped the polish ante with a super-sleek and high-shine bottle of white nail varnish. Use the square-shape brush to achieve one of two looks: for a glossy pearl finish, go for one coat and for a more intense look, paint twice. This colour resists chips and will commit to you through a good few party looks.
When I say ‘blush’, you think of pinks and nudes, right? Well, the beauty pros at Nars are challenging our rosy norms with this next product. Designed to reflect the light (therefore making you glow), this highlighting powder comes in white. To those picturing the era of Marilyn Manson, you’ll be pleased to know that these pigments are transparent, giving you all the shine without the heaviness. For a little lift on casual days, wear alone or layer up with your other cheek products (it'll work wonders over foundation or a tinted moisturiser).