Grown Up Glitter: how to make your hair and make-up sparkle

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Grown Up Glitter: how to make your hair and make-up sparkle

18 Dec 2015

With 2015 awash with starlets adding some serious sparkle to their hair and makeup, the glitter trend proved to be more than just a flash in the pan. If you are yet to join the 'glitterati', there's no better time than this festive season: Christmas trees will not be the only things twinkling as bold shimmer and luxurious shine are here to stay for the winter. So, here's some sparkling glitter advice from The Chapel's hair and make-up guru Amanda Dicker?

Shimmering Berry.

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The lip colour topping the winter trends are festive dark cherry and berry shades -- with a deep lustrous gleam. Amanda suggests twinning dark stained lips with a soft gold eye-shadow. Evenly apply around the orbit, without cutting the crease, to create a bare shimmer look over the eyes.

For a subtler approach, use a glittering mascara, such as Tom Ford's burnished gold offering.  

To really set off your rich lip and shimmering eye combo, she advises pairing it with a sophisticated updo, such as a classic French twist or a princess bun with wrap around braid.  In minutes you've got a look that delivers unashamed, old-fashioned Hollywood glamour, with a hazy hint of sparkle.

Dazzle with monochrome.

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Overdoing it on the glitter could leave you looking more 'tween dream', than sparkling sophistication. For those who want to keep their glitzy look adult, but with an edgy twist, Amanda advises taking the monochrome approach.

"This is glitter without the giggles: the grown-up version that's feminine without being girlish," she explains. "To get the look, go for classic smoky eyes in charcoal hues and complement with a rich, opaque matte lipstick in platinum or silver-grey. Up the sparkle factor by overlaying with a silvery lip gloss, such as 'Tiara' from the Dior Addict Gloss range, which reflects light with crystalline micro-spheres."

Ladies with hair coloured platinum blonde or raven black already have an advantage in the drama stakes. Amanda recommends going for a scraped-back wet-look style. For inspiration, take a look at Julian McDonald's SS/16 catwalk show or Kim Kardashian's red carpet hair at the VMA's. This easy to achieve style works well on both long and short haired ladies. This look is so much more than just black-and-white: with some slick-back attitude and a pop of silver glitter, it's anything but dated.

Snowflake Sparkle

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An A/W hair trend that's proved popular at The Chapel, is the return of the deep-set side parting. Seen all over this year's runways -- from Balmain to Topshop Unique -- a touch of glitter gives this look a unique twist.  

Amanda suggests pairing a side parting with another recent party trend: sparkling roots. Go for chunky glitter flakes and mix with clear gel before dabbing over your roots, along the parting line. Place more loose pieces over any gaps to get an even cover of glitter through your furrow -- let the disco lights do the rest.

For those of you who want to go for something more decadent and fashion-forward, why not emulate the likes of Rita Ora. Go for the same effect using torn flakes of gold or silver leaf, sprinkled through the hair like precious confetti. To get a look to rival Rita, Amanda recommends tearing gold or silver leaf into the sizes you want, apply to the hair, and fix with a good spritz of hairspray.

For a full-on glitter-fest, pair your perfect parted style with metallic eyes. Try a palette from the Moondust range by Urban Decay, which offers all the traditional glittery metallic options alongside even bolder shades, from amethyst to moss.

The golden touch

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So, if you haven't yet experimented with the glitter trend, why not use the festive season to experiment -- be bold and dazzle. Even if you want to add just a little bit of bling to your usual look or go all out with glitter, Amanda has a final word of advice.

"If glitter is something you'd like to try but you feel less confident about going full-on with it, then simply try and add a gold around your eyes," she encourages. "Gold is the ultimate all rounder: warming, glamorous, and a suitable partner for every hair colour and skin tone. Break it out for your next party and you won't just feel like the 'belle of the ball', you'll sparkle like the jewel in its crown."

If you're not sure how to make your festive look shine, get in touch with one of our expert stylists. They know how to get glitter right, and the perfect hairstyle to give your look some sparkle.