New Year's Eve Shine: How to Wear Shimmer and Glitter

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You don't need sequins to claim your glitterati spotlight on the year's-end party circuit. Strategic use of this season's sparkle and shimmer cosmetics will do the beauty trick. And of the two, shimmer is more wearable for faces of all ages. Try these top celebrity makeup-artist tips.

"It's an easy way to add glamour," says Physician's Formula celebrity makeup pro Joanna Schlip, who is artist to Rachel Bilson and Ellen Pompeo. Schlip's favourite look is a wash of gold, copper or bronze shimmer powder over an espresso or chocolate-brown smoky eye lined with black pencil.

shimmer powder for eyes

"Highlight your browbones with gold, and sweep shimmer under the lower lashes, too," she says. Champagne or white is especially pretty at the inner corners of the eyes. Above: Vasanti Shimmer Powder in Sand Dune ($14), Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Bronzer Blush & Eye Shadow in Vegas Strip ($19.99), Benefit Lust Dusters in Goldilocks ($22; all available at Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques).

Definitely rock a shimmery lip with shimmery eyes, but choose colour based on your eye makeup. Schlip likes a bold mouth with a gold eye. Her key bold-lip tip: "Prep with a stain first so that as your gloss fades you won't end up with that ugly colour outline." If you go for a dark smoky eye, however, choose a light lip hue. And when it comes to cheeks, balance all that sheen with subtle rosiness that glows rather than glimmers -- avoid any blush with a frosty finish.

Chantecaille Les Petales Lumieres de Roses

If you'd rather not go the shiny-shadow route, go instead for a touch of gleam wherever the light hits your face, advises Toronto-based artist Kevin Smith, who has worked with Kirsten Dunst and Helen Mirren. "Anyone can wear shimmery highlight on the brow bones, tops of cheek bones, down the centre of the nose and on the bow of the lips," he says. Above: Chantecaille limited-edition Les Petales Lumiere de Rose creamy powder pink-gold highlighter ($45 at Holt Renfrew).

A sparing approach is best, Smith adds, so whether you choose a cream or powder formula, always dab excess from fingers or brush on the back of your other hand before applying it to your face.

Lise Watier Mini Glitter Liners Set, $29

Best left to the under-30 set, glitter adds a twinkle as liner along the upper lashes. Smith says to hold off on foundation until after your glitter application so you can easily wipe away stray particles. Above: Lise Watier Mini Glitter Liners Set ($29 at Shoppers Drug Mart).

The Body Shop Define & Sparkle black-with-silver-sparkle eyeliner plus black-gel-with-holographic-glitter mascara topcoat $18

For New Year's Eve, Smith suggests that adventurous types might try painting a little glitter triangle on the centre of the lids, with the base toward the lashline. And why not add a smaller upside-down triangle under eyes, harlequin style? "It's a theatrical look, great with an 80s-vibe batwing dress and frizzed-out hair," he says. "It's not for the makeup meek, but what's fun about makeup is showing up with something you wouldn't normally do." Above: The Body Shop Define & Sparkle black-with-silver-sparkle eyeliner plus black-gel-with-holographic-glitter mascara topcoat ($18 at The Body Shop boutiques).

A version of this story appeared in Metro News.