If you think adding a touch of twinkle-dust is best left to 13-year-olds – think again! Glitter is very much BACK on the beauty radar, so we've gathered our five favourite ways to put a chic, sophisticated spin on sparkle. In fact, with Christmas right around the corner, there’s never been a better time to indulge in these glimmering must-haves – even if just for the office Christmas party via Zoom…
RISE AND SHINE
Here to make a mundane ritual a little more exciting, the Frank Body Shimmer Scrub will have you shrouded in a mermaid-like glow from your top to your twinkle toes. Using all-natural, vegan and cruelty-free ingredients, this fun-to-use multitasker exfoliates, hydrates and imparts ethereal shimmer. Packed with teeny tiny gold and silver particles (which cling to skin even post-bath or shower), roasted coffee grinds, sugar and salt then slough away any dry or flaky skin, while vitamin E and grapeseed oil lend intense moisture and antioxidant protection for a baby-soft finish. Emerge from the shower like the glowing goddess that you are – ready for the likes of sophisticated soirees or an extra glam viewing of your current Netflix fave. You do you, boo.
GILD AND GLOW
A staple in numerous beauty tutorials across Instagram, the Loose Pigments by Anastasia Beverly Hills are a simply non-negotiable addition to your kit. Coming in five exquisite shades (think: unicorn-like, iridescent white with delicate champagnes, bronzes and golds) there’s something to suit every skin tone – transforming you from mere mortal to ethereal angel in one glittery swipe of a brush. Intensely pigmented (would we expect anything else from ABH?), the finely-milled, lightweight, light-reflecting, multidimensional pigments are simply hypnotic, and are bound to provoke dropped jaws wherever you go. Buildable, blendable and suitable for use on your face, body or hair, these magical pots allow for endless possibilities, whether you’d prefer an understated eye look or an all-over, disco-like glow. Simply swish your brush in the loose powder, gild, and go! We especially like to (generously!) use this on our collarbones…
SPARK(LE) OF GENIUS
Bound to put a sparkle in (and on!) your eyes, the Victoria Beckham Beauty Lid Lustre offers high-end, editorial-like glamour. Adored by busy beauty editors worldwide, it’s streamlined, versatile and über-easy to apply – without having to faff about with brushes or mirrors. Delicious and dazzling, each shade (there are a six!) is inspired by the healing and protective properties of crystals, with the formula containing actual ground crystals to bestow good energy and boost your aura. Using unique soft-press powder technology, the formula glides onto lids with a wet-look, high-shine, pearly finish – laced with lid-loving ingredients like collagen-boosting guava leaf extract, squalane and and anti-inflammatory magnolia bark extract. Smudge a little pigment onto the centre of your eyelid for a minimal, sophisticated take on glitter, and then attempt to stop admiring yourself 24/7 in the nearest mirror.
Ideal for Christmas gifting, the Precious Duo by Urban Decay includes their Perversion Mascara and Heavy Metal Glitter Liner, with the latter allowing for super-precise, clean lines thanks to its easy gel texture. Imagine: a gorgeously crisp, smooth wing, slick with golden glitter and paired with show-stopping lashes. The resulting look would be nothing short of mesmer-eyes-ing, and the glitter-giving liner contains softening and conditioning peach, cucumber and carrot extracts too! Phenomenal.
TWINKLE ALL THE WAY
As the name would suggest, Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk Diamonds lipstick gives dazzling shine and sparkle – adorning lips with a warm, sheer sheen that’s laced with environmentally-friendly, mineral-based glitter pigments to grant a diamond-like, glittering finish. Pumped with nourishing sunflower seed oil and microcrystalline wax to add stretch and bounce, the intelligent formula makes lips look and feel plump, soft and pillowy. A boujee alternative for those who’d prefer a bit of lip action over lid or body sparkle, the bullet also boasts a no-fuss, swipe-on, balm-like formula that leaves lips gleaming without the hassle of precision. We are SOLD!