Yes, There Are Chic Ways to Wear Glitter for New Year’s Eve

Don’t be afraid.

Photographs by Nadya Wasylko
Written by Jane Larkworthy

Photo Animation by Nadya Wasylko, styled by Schanel Bakkouche. Hair by Ben Skervin for Oribe at Streeters, Makeup by Erin Parsons for MAC Cosmetics at Streeters, manicure by Tracylee for Dior Le Vernisat Tim Howard Management. Model: Theresa Hayes at Ford Models. Produced by Biel Parklee. Casting by Erin Simon. Photography Assistants: Kaitlin Tucker, Kyle Thompson, Peter Freleng. Hair Assistant: Levi Monarch. Makeup Assistants: Dina Drevenak, Aya Watanabe.

Shimmery, glittery makeup is a New Year’s Eve cliche for a reason–nothing is more festive than a bit of sparkle. But this season, there are plenty of new ways to wear glitter, ranging from the discreet to the extreme. At the Spring 2017 fashion shows, manicurist Tracy Lee delicately painted the models’ nail beds with a tiny line of the stuff against a bare nail at Rodarte, makeup artist Val Garland painted various shapes onto the models’ foreheads to look like silvery tattoos at Giamba, makeup artist Pat McGrath added glitter to lips and necklines at Maison Margiela, and one lucky model at Yves Saint Laurent even walked the runway with a glitter embellished breast.

But the best use of glitter this season was at Fendi, where makeup artist Peter Philips did not hold back and covered every models’ lips with mounds of the stuff in a pale salmon shade. The inspiration? Disney cartoon and video character Vanellope von Schweetz. “I wanted to achieve in a natural air by using a nude shade,” he explained. “You can almost imagine Vanellope taking a bite out of a glitter frosted donut!”

Sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid were amongst the models in the show. Is that enough evidence?

Prepare Yourself: Glitter Is All the Rage for Spring 2017

On the runway at Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2017.

Photo by Simbarashe Cha

On the runway at Giamba Spring 2017.

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Backstage at Fendi Spring 2017.

Photo by Simbarashe Cha

Backstage at Rodarte Spring 2017.

Photo by Olivia Locher

Easy Holiday Makeup Looks to Try Right Now

The Inspiration:Joan Smalls & Karlie Kloss: Super Modern Supermodels” photographed by Steven Meisel, styled by Edward Enninful; W Magazine July 2012.

“Nothing says holiday like a red nail or lip” – Rickie de Sole, Fashion Market and Accessories Director

Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Scarlet Chinois, $35,

“Finding the right red is like finding the perfect apartment—illusive and trying at best. This true red is ultra flattering, and the gorgeous tube makes pulling it out in public, almost obligatory.” – Mia Adorante, Assistant Beauty Editor

Diorific Mat Lipstick in Fabuleuse, $38,

“Just a hint of glitter.” – Sarah Leon, Digital Director

Lancome Artliner in Bronze, $31,

“This year, I’m taking notes from Miley Cyrus in ‘Back in the Lime Light’ and just covering myself in glitter.” – Emilia Petrarch, Associate Digital Editor

Make Up Forever Glitter, $40,

“Whenever I hit the town, Lauren Remington Platt’s home beauty service gets me ready. A makeup and hair professional comes to your apartment and within an hour I’m holiday party ready.” – Gillian Sagansky, Assistant Writer / Associate to the Editor in Chief

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“It can be tricky to find a shade for brown skin tones that doesn’t look chalky or ashy. A little bit of this goes a long way.” – Sharlyn Pierre, Researcher

OCC Loose Colour Concentrates in Mimosa, $14,

“For an especially fancy party, I like to hand the makeup over to the experts at Rouge, where I know the smokey eye I request will be perfect.” – Jane Larkworthy, Beauty Director

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“This glowing eyeshadow palette adds a festive touch, even for those who prefer the natural look.” – Sue Williamson, Digital Editor

Chosungah 22 Dong Gong Minn Jello Color Eyeshadow Palette, $39,

“Red lipstick looks a bit too harsh on me. I love wearing feminine shade of pink from Edward Bess during the holidays, especially paired with less feminine outfits like a black jumpsuit and blazer instead of a dress.” – Samantha Andriano, Social Media Manager

Edward Bess Ultra Slick Lipstick in Blushed Orchid, $35,


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