COME CHRISTMAS, you can usually follow a glitter trail to all the festive parties and sparkle-coated partygoers. After all, t'is the season to dress yourself up like a Christmas tree bauble - from that killer festive sequinned dress to your glitter-topped eyelids.
"Don't be afraid of glitter, it can be simple to use and you don't have to resemble a seven-year-old kid's Christmas painting."
It goes without saying that, for us girls, glitter, metallic and sparkly make-up will remain as much a part of Christmas party preparation as mince pies and tinsel.
And the catwalks are embracing all that glitters. Both metallic eyes and shimmery lips were present on the Autumn/Winter catwalks, with designers Rodarte, Badgely Mischka and Issey Miyake all championing the glitter, silver and gold Christmas colour palettes.
To give you some inspiration, our resident professional make-up artist Frankie Noone has put together four sparkly MAC looks for you to try out at your upcoming Christmas parties.
Frankie says: "Don't be afraid of glitter, it can be simple to use and you don't have to resemble seven year-olds kids Christmas painting. Play around by adding colour to your usual smokey eye look."
LOOK 1: THE CLASSIC 'BLACK AND GOLD'
Frankie: "Add a bit of sparkle to a smokey eye. You're not really going to get better than the MAC Reflects Glitters- they twinkle with every blink. Here I used the MAC Reflects Pearl and the copper glitter out of this year's MAC Christmas sets."
LOOK 2: UNDERSTATED SILVER METALLICS
F: "This look is really wearable - especially for those who prefer not to go OTT. Do your fave smokey eye and then just whack a bit of glitter on to the eyelid. This is MAC Reflects Pearl (again)."
LOOK 3: THE LIP AND EYE BOLD COLOUR COMBO
F: "Green glitter? Why not. This is MAC 3D Gold Glitter. Top tip, with a chunkier glitter, add a very thin layer of eyelash glue and stick the glitter on top. The glue stops the glitter from falling on to your face. Add a berry lip colour and you're on to a winner."
LOOK 4: PURPLE OMBRÉ
F: "Dare to be different. My fave glitter in MAC Reflects Transparent Pink, pressed in the middle of a purple smokey eye. I went for a matching pink-purple ombré lip for impact."
Professional Make-Up Artist Frankie Noone has opened up Pop-up Makeup studio for six weeks over the festive season.
She's offering makeovers, one-to-one lessons and group seminars. Check out Frankie's Facebook Page for more info 'Makeup By Frankie'.
8-10 Manchester Street, Heywood, OL10 1DL. 0781 778 5833
For more make-up inspiration see Frankie's Instagram @frankienoone