When I think of holiday glamour, the easiest way I can think of to take my look from day to night (or party) is with beautiful makeup. And when I think of beautiful makeup, Chanel comes to mind. Although The Advice Sisters reviewed some Chanel holiday makeup items in our huge, three-page What Works Beauty, Cosmetics & Fashion Holiday 2008 review column, our deadline blocked us from reviewing as many pieces of the Chanel Holiday Collection as we would have wished — so here are a few items that didn’t make it into the What Works column, but that I think are “must-haves” for your holiday makeup this season:
Adding gold to your holiday outfit is a great way to dress up even last years’s dress, and the same is true for your holiday makeup. Chanel’s Poudre Precieuse (Gold Highlighting Powder)$75.00 is a liimited edition, loose, sparkling powder that will glitz up your skin and make you look glamorous, even if you’re wearing last season’s dress. A low, elegant, glass jar with shiny black top has a little well to hold a soft, flat, powder brush. Below, the sparkling gold powder adds a nearly sheer but starry gold glimmer to face, decollete, and even your feet and hair. The glittery gold stays put for quite some time, and a little goes a long way–dust this on for the office party, or after-work events and you’ll look instantly party-ready. $75.00 is a small price to pay for a product that helps you look and feel glamorous and it multi-tasks on face, hair and body. I’d lcall that a great deal! TIP: To glam up any lip look instantly, just dab a bit of this golden powder in the middle of your bottom lip, or dust is lightly all over bare lips and follow with a silky, clear gloss. You can carefully add a drop of powder on your eyelids to give a matte shadow more “ooph,” too. This is a must-have (and it makes a luxurious holiday gift idea, too).
An easy-to-apply, multi-tasking, fluid liquid eyeshadow such as Chanel’s Ombre D’eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow $32.00 is a unique product that gives you very long-lasting, iridescent eye color that can be subtle to intense, depending upon how you apply it (*there’s a brief video on the Chanel web site to show you how). Shake the liquid powder to combine the ingredients, then dot it in the middle of your eyelid and blend it with your fingertips or a brush. For deeper color, add more. You can also use the same product for a coodinated eye liner, simply by brushing it near your lash line without blending it. Two colors from the holiday collection include two gold glitzened colors: “Source” is a golden pink; “Riviera, “a pale gold that leaves lids glamorously gilded! If you want a more traditional Eye Liner, The Duo Eyeliner Professional $45.00 in “Brun-Lamé” or “Noir-Lamé” gives you the convenience of a pressed powder compact and the the look of a traditional, liquid eyeliner (applied with water), or the smudged look of a kohl pencil (applied dry). Each compact has a matte color and a sparkle color. Pressed powder liners are perfect for your purse and for travel –no chance of spill or mess.