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Holiday makeup that sparkles (but not as much as the tree)

Dialling up the dazzle doesn't rest solely with your wardrobe during the holidays. A trio of makeup artists and a leading manicurist share their know-how

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Changing from work wear to cocktail chic? 'One dark liner can change your whole look,' says Melissa Gibson of M.A.C. She suggets a gel-based liner, which stays put. 'You can rim it on the inside of your eye; you can use it overtop of the lid and blend it out.'


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The best way to go from day to night is to add a little sparkle with glitter liner, says Lynne Ryan, national makeup artist for Murale. 'You can add it right on top of your eyeshadow. ... It gives you that evening look really, really quick.'


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Want a more natural look? Pump it up with mascara and powder with a slight sheen on the cheekbone, Ryan says. 'That's a really nude look, but it can come across really pretty if you're doing an evening cocktail thing because all of those products would pick up light nicely.'

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Red lips remain a classic. 'We're still seeing a lot of the berry tones but it's going a bit richer,' Ryan says. 'They're almost sheer in tone but giving a little bit of shine as well, so it helps with keeping that sparkle throughout the season.'

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For women who prefer a lighter palette on their pout, frosted hues and glosses tend to stand out a bit more around the holidays, Gibson says. 'Taupey pale to pale pink and lavender are all quite popular.'

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Holidays are the perfect time to be bolder, says Gucci Westman, global artistic director for Revlon. Try creating a smoky eye using a palette of lush greens. Use a darker shade on the lid, along with both darker and lighter hues to rim the lashline.


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Metallics can also help play up the eyes. For a twist on the traditional dark smoky eye, incorporating silver will add sheen and highlight to the eye, Gibson says. 'It stands out more, it becomes more of an evening look and it becomes something that's a little more special.'

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The polish colours of the season have a festive feel, says Revlon nail expert Leeanne Colley. 'Definitely reds and deeper, warmer tones.' She suggests taking a light, metallic colour and brushing it on the tip of your nails, creating a fade effect 'to jazz it up a little.'

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