Gone are the days of boring beauty. From pastel-coloured hair to chrome manicures, mink false lashes and holographic setting sprays, trends that once upon a time might have been deemed tacky or juvenile are in fact, en vogue. Beauty lovers are ditching their mundane, powder-rouge lipstick routines and are filling their beauty bags with Milk Makeup star-and-heart-shaped Tattoo Stamps, Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighters, and CoverFx Rose Gold Custom Enhancer Drops.
Changes in beauty trends mirror changes in the fashion industry. In 2017, logomania reigned (see: Supreme x Louis Vuitton collab), and slightly ironic, politically charged collections ripped down the runway. Balenciaga’s Bernie Sanders inspired FW17 collection commented on the current American political climate, while Missoni dressed models in the iconic pink pussy-cat hat for their Fall 17 collection, giving nod to the Women’s March on Washington. Beauty had to keep up. Cult makeup and skincare brand Glossier dropped its Body Hero campaign, featuring women of all body types. CoverGirl signed 60-year old Maye Musk as its newest cover woman, and Kim Kardashian West held an open casting call with no age limit for her beauty brand, KKW Beauty. These statements made by major power players in the fashion and beauty industry supported and empowered women, despite the chaos that was occurring around us politically. Women of many ages, backgrounds, sexual orientations and body types were being celebrated in the beauty world, and were given the autonomy to abandon prescribed feminine ideals, and empowered to define their own look, and their own image.
One of my favourite beauty trends of 2017 was glitter makeup. Pat McGrath’s Lust 004 glitter lip kits flooded our social media feeds, and further advanced the feminist agenda by empowering women to rock a statement lip; a lip that made them feel fabulous, and wasn’t primped prepped or plumped for a moment with a man. Additionally, Milk Makeup launched their Glitter Stick to coincide with Pride Month, donating half of the proceeds to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City. Glitter became politically charged.
To celebrate these strides made in 2017, my NYE beauty beat will be a look that I define as feminine, that I define as beautiful, and will most certainly incorporate glitter. While there are no rules to wearing glitter makeup, below are five ways that I like to rock the twinkling trend. Bring on 2018, we’re ready for you!
1) Bling Ring
A swipe of glitter polish on a naked nail looks subtly glamorous. On Paris, I used Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in the shade Snow Globe.
2) Dewy Décolletage
3) Cosmic Kiss
For this look, I primed Paris’ lips with Glossier Birthday Balm Dotcom, and then tapped on Lime Crime Diamond Crusher Lip Topper in shade Cloud 9. Keep eyes naked and brows bushy.
4) Starry Eyed Surprise
Swipe on a layer of M.A.C Studio Eye Gloss wherever you want your sparkles to stick. Lightly tap on glitter with your finger, I used M.A.C Glitter in 3D Platinum. Top off with three coats of your favorite mascara, and proceed to download KiraKira+ from the app store to enhance glitter in photographs!
5) Ultralight Beam
To achieve a super glowy look, mix a luminizer in with your foundation or bb cream. I mixed Fresh FreshFace Instant Glow Luminizer in with Diorskin Forever Foundation, and applied lightly to Paris’ face. With my finger, I tapped Glossier Haloscope on to her cheekbones, and finished with a dusting of Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow.