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Holiday · October 31, 2017

How to Shine This Holiday Season | Birchbox

Glistening Lips

Hesitant to venture into glitter lip territory? Before you decide it's not for you, hear us out. Sporting shimmer on the lips does more than just add a bit of sparklethe shimmer flecks actually reflect light, giving your lips a fuller and more plump appearance. To rock glittery lips without the mess, skip actual glitter and opt for a gloss or lip topper with pearlescent pigments that can be worn alone or layered over your favorite lipsticks. Pair with a few coats of mascara and a touch of blush to really let your lips do the talking.

We love:
- Jouer Cosmetics Long-Wear Lip Topper - Skinny Dip
- MAC Cosmetics Dazzleglass - Money Honey
- Lipstick Queen Altered Universe Sparkle Gloss - Time Warp

Glittery Lids

We totally understand that the first thing that may come to mind when you think of glitter eyeshadow is a chunky, cheesy mess. But we're here to tell you that glitter-infused makeup formulas have come a long way to be much more wearable and easy to apply. To start, we suggest skipping loose powder eyeshadows and reaching for a pressed powder formula in a chic metallic finish. For a foiled effect, apply using your finger or a damp eyeshadow brush with densely-packed bristles like Sigma Beauty E55 - Eye Shading Brush to really amp up the pigment. Or, try a liquid or cream formula to add a touch of twinkle to your eyesno brush required. To apply, start with a single swipe, let dry, and then build up to your desired intensity. You can also add a pop to the center of your lids or inner corners to finish off any eye look.

We love:
- Smashbox Cosmetics Cover Shot Eye Palette
- Stila Cosmetics Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow
- Love of Color One & Done Shadow Stick - Champagne Problems
- Wander Beauty Exquisite Eye Liquid Shadow

Party Nails

There's no better time than the holidays to add dazzle to your digits with a glitter-based nail polish. To keep your sparkly tips looking chic (read: not garish or gaudy), apply one coat over a creamy solid base for a sheer kiss of shimmer, or add multiple coats for a full-on sequin effect. You can also concentrate the glitter towards the tips or at the base for a nail art effectno salon pro necessary.

We love:
- Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer - Glass Souls
- Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer - Shattered Souls
- Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer - Dirty Baby


Alexis Bridenbaugh