Edel Coffey: Shimmer from day to night
Edel Coffey shows you how to add a little sparkle to your workaday look
It's hard to believe it's almost time for the Christmas festivities -- and the annual dilemma of how to look glam when going from office to party. Here are some top beauty tips to give you a sparkle from day to night.
If your make-up bag is as bulging as mine you won’t want to cart it into work with you. Benefit has a great range of all-in-one sets that are small enough to pop in your handbag. Their Glowla make-up kit costs €39.50 and includes blusher, highlighters, eyeshadows, mascara and lip gloss.
There are as many shimmering eyeshadows as there are brands, so take your pick. My favourite is Clarins’ Barocco eyeshadow (€34), a gorgeous trio of black, gold and copper which blend beautifully for a dark, smoky eye. Layer Bobbi Brown’s Sparkle Glamour Eye Quad (€35) over your basic office eyeshadow for a quick party look. Their Modern Classic Lip and Eye Palette (€65), with 10 eyeshadows and four lip glosses, will transform any office look.
THE GLITTER WORKS:
For those who love glitter, try the Body Shop’s Christmas make-up range, which has eye glitter pots (€12) and eyeliner (€14.95). But remember, less is more when it comes to glitter. You don’t want to look like a little girl who fell into her mother’s make-up case. Clarins’ black fluffy Barocco powder puff (€36) with sparkling gold powder nuggets is like sprinkling magic party dust.
Apply some of this luxurious office-to-party product to your décolleté and you will sparkle alluringly. If you’ve got ‘office face’ at the end of a long day, boost your complexion with Clarins’ Beauty Flash Balm (€35) before reapplying fresh make-up; the 30th anniversary special edition has a diamanté screw-cap.
Some may feel that glitter is best left to younger colleagues, but you can still twinkle without going over the top and it’s an easy way to glam up. One of my favourite items to add sparkle without looking like a Christmas tree is Chanel’s beautiful purple ‘Casis’ eyeliner (€21), whose soft amethyst will only sparkle intermittently if the light hits it at just the right moment.
This lends glitter a very grown-up sophisticated feel. Benefit’s Prrrowl iridescent mascara and lipgloss duo (€27) is a handy one to have in your bag. Simply add a coat of mascara on top of your daywear black for instant shimmer.