I think it’s easy to forget that makeup itself is a key part of accessorising a look. I often think of makeup in a similar way I do to a great piece of jewellery, in that it can make or break an outfit. If you’re struggling for ideas this party season, I’ve rounded up my top picks of the ultimate party pieces in the makeup world guaranteed to bring life back to a favourite and much loved outfit and make it feel new again.
If you want to keep the look modern I would opt for one makeup key feature and play everything else down a little so the focus is the accessory if that makes sense. I had a little fun on this recent shoot, and thought it might help inspire your creativity…
METALLICS – are still having a moment, and it’s easier than ever to incorporate into your favourite look. Pat McGrath Labs Mothership Eye Palettes take metallics to the next level! Beautiful shades, with a mix of jewel tones that off set any outfit as well as a couple of neutral transitional shades too. I also think the Huda Eye Palettes also offer up some great metallic shadows.
Loreal’s Infallible Paints/Lip Metallics offer up a glossy metallic finish with high impact colour that’s comfortable on the lips but also long lasting. To keep it modern I’d play down the base and eyes, and just let the lips shine.
MATTES – In my opinion, you still can’t beat the impact of a beautiful matte lip (especially when it’s paired with some mascara and a little glow to the skin and not much more). So many brands have jumped on the liquid lipstick band wagon and while there’s a few formulas I do like (Sephora Collection Cream Stain Lipstick and Dior’s Liquid Lip Stain) but generally I’m old fashioned and I prefer an actual lipstick. My favourites are still Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution in any of her shades, I love Glastonberry and Red Carpet Red both statement hues that add life to the skin and brighten the complexion.
GLITTER – Glitter lips are actually a thing now, and now easier than ever to incorporate into a makeup look without it looking like fancy dress. Ciate’s Glitter Flips are quite literally a party piece, a matt formula that once dry, releases glitter pigments when the lips are pressed together. Magic! I appreciate this won’t be for everyone, but they’re great fun, and create a statement that when, as mentioned previously, keeping the rest of the makeup paired down, can actually create a stunning look.
Urban Decay have also bought out more shades in their Heavy Metals Glitter Eyeliner as part of their Heavy Metal Makeup Collection. These are one of my go to glitters in my pro kit because there’s no mess. No glitter falling down the face and the eyeliner brush means you have perfect precision when it comes to the application of the glitter. A party piece doesn’t have to take over a look, but it can enhance it and bring a little magic to a look and these offer a sophisticated take on glitter.
NAILS – I can be quite boring with my nails, and while I always go back to my safe place of Essie Bordeaux, I do think a well executed nail colour, can really lift an outfit or complete a look. So if you’re someone who knows what they like with their makeup, perhaps its worth contemplating a little attention to your nails? My favourites for adding the perfect finishing touch to a party outfit would have to be Colour Pop’s Polish in I wand It That Way has a very etherial feel to it that’s more focused on sheen that it is colour but still a nice play on light and reflection. When it comes to bold unapologetic colours, I love Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi Shine Glaze nail lacquer, in the shade Jealous Glaze, a beautiful forest green. A non toxic nail brand that has a great selection of shades is Kure Bazaar, check them out for some great statement shades as well as classic neutrals. If it’s sparkle you’re after, I really recommend Urban Outfitters, as they have such a great range of glitter polishes from chunky glitters to more refined shimmer.
Let me know what you’re go to party look will be this season and what makeup accessory you’ll be wearing in the comments below.
Watch the video to see how I use glitter to accessorise for a party makeup look: