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Lesley Hironaka, a product consultant at Sephora, demonstrates the dramatic look that new accessories and make-up products can create. See make-up details at the end of the story.
Add sparkle withSparkle at holiday functions this year. Dramatic metallic make-up will turn heads at evening gatherings, while a shimmery products are available to give you an angelic glow by day.
All that glitters
By Nancy Arcayna
"Make-up this year is all about having fun," said E'jay, director of beauty and international trainer for local clothing and makeup company Body & Soul.
After 23 years in the business, he said he's learned women who show up tired and in need of a change or pick-me-up "come to life" with just a little glitter.
Glitter was popular last year but is back and better than ever. This year, everything shimmering and dewy is back.
"Improvements have been made on the textures," he said. Before, the glitter was scratchy because it was the typical stuff used by hobbyists and crafters for years, rather than a specially formulated product. "We put anything on the face for the price of beauty," E'jay said.
The old metals were not only scratchy on the skin, but when used around the eyes, also scratched some women's corneas. But that has changed, E'jay said. "Cosmetics have become so friendly for women. It's actually worth now what you spend on it, because so much research and development has gone in to perfecting products.
Age should not stop anyone who wants to shine.
"Do what you can get away with," E'jay said. Women who don't have the smooth skin of 15- or 16-year-olds can trade edgy glitter looks for mellower forms of shimmer that E'jay said "are not like the frosted metallics that were done in the '70s and '80s -- the one's women were told to stay away from."
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Claire's offers an array of glitter make-up starting at $3.50.
Eyelash adhesives can also be used to create dramatic tattoo-like looks with the gluing of Austrian crystals or similar ornaments near the brow or as eyeliner or stylized "birth marks." "It's a good conversation piece for a party and allows women to have some fun," E'jay said.
FOR THOSE WORRIED about protecting their skin, E'jay suggests starting with Body & Soul "Glitz" moisturizer ($35) as a base and "Glitz" powder ($30). "The great thing about it is that it washes off with water."
Urban Decay has delectable powders that smells and taste like "Cake" and "Red Hot" cinnamon candy. Each comes with a leopard powder puff and costs $25. A pack of three "Hard Candy" shimmery lip glosses cost $28.
The sparkling effects are not limited to the face. Backless dresses combined with defined muscles from workouts are highlighted with shimmery dusts and powders.
Physicians Formula has "Gold Nuggets" for about $11.95 at department stores. Fine Italian powder is made into golden shimmer nuggets that can be used alone or over make-up to create an even bronzed glow.
Glitter has been added to nearly every type of beauty product available. Bath gels and soaps come with gold flecks. So does nail polish.
If you want glitter from "head to toe," E'jay suggests checking out Tony & Tina's "All Star Set" that costs $25. The kit contains a purse size magnifying mirror, nail polish, a glitter eye pencil, pink shimmer lip gloss and two shades of body sparkle.
Go easy on the pocketbook at Claire's, which offers products such as roll-on body glitter, eye shadows, body glazes and more.
Sephora offers free consultations as long as you make an appointment.
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Sephora offers bath gels that contain gold flecks, edible body glitter and an assortment of shimmering products.
"Seek out a professional, learn and then go home and play," E'jay said. "People can wash out make-up; it's not like a bad haircut."
Get noticedNew Glitter Eyes contact lenses can also add a gleam to your eyes. The glitter is encapsulated within the lens, so it won't touch the eye and cause irritation.
The effect created varies with individuals' eye color, and the lenses can be worn even by those with perfect vision.
Colors available are "Crystal Splash" (blue); "Beach Bronze" (brown) and "Orchid Ice" (violet). "Island Gleam" (green) is scheduled to debut in March. Call Amy Endo at 487-5500 for more information.
On the coverMake-up artist E'jay used eye lash adhesives to attach Austrian crystals to the brow. He started with Body & Soul "Glitz" moisturizer and powder on her face. Hironaka's eyes are accented with Tony and Tina loose glitter. In order to get the glitter to stay in place and stand out, E'jay used Body & Soul "Hurricane" shadow mixed with an adhesive.
Her lips shimmer with "Delicate" lip gloss by Body & Soul. "The lip gloss shapes and makes lipstick look new and fresh," said E'jay.
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