If you want to add glamour to your look, sparkle to your shadow or high shine to your lips, perhaps for a party or night on the town, you’ll want to know which cosmetic brands stock such dazzling products. Here is our pick of the best cosmetic ranges for achieving party looks and where to buy them:
M.A.C have some of the most vivid colour products in the makeup world. From electric blue to fuchsia, their eyeliners both liquid and crayon are sure to turn any girl into a glamour puss. The Liquidlast liners are both easy to apply and long lasting. They dry quickly on application with non-smudge, non-flake precision. The colours are fantastic and we particularly recommend Aqualine and Blue Horizon for something a little different. These shades are great fun if you are wearing clothing of the same colour. The Liquidlast liners retail at £14.
M.A.C Pigment loose powder eyeshadows are the best way to dress up for any night out. They come in 20 magnificent colours and retail at £15.50. Pigment can be used to create a subtle wash of colour or vivid full coverage.
You can make a statement with one of M.A.C’s fantastic Dazzleglass lipglosses which shimmer with glitter. They provide exceptional shine with a crystalline iridescence; from JMA’s personal favourite Funtabulous (purple with violet pearl) to Rags to Riches (plummy pink with teal and red pearl) the racy names reflect the fun nature of the product. They retail at £16.
Helen E Cosmetics
The Helen E range seems to have been made with glamour in mind, and it is no surprise that they are the official sponsors of Miss England and Miss Wales with the slogan “makeup of beauty queens”. The range’s party makeup includes sparkle glitter pots in 17 shades from gold to purple. The glitter is so versatile that it can be worn anywhere from from hair to eyelids. They retail at £4.99. A fixing gel can be purchased from the brand to help the glitter stay in place. It retails at £6.99.
Helen E has a range of eyeshadows, including shimmer pots and some are, as the name implies, very shimmery! There are 32 gorgeous shades which complement each other and are ideal worn together for certain looks such as smoky eyes or copper brown eyes. These retail at £4.99.
Another great red carpet product from the brand includes a chunky, creamy, glittery Silver Shimmer Eye Pencil which can be used as a eyeliner, eyeshadow or highlighter under the brow bone. It is priced at £5.99.
The brand’s eyeliners come in a range of permanent colours from neutrals to more vibrant shades, but also some party colours including silver and gold, which is fab as such shades are usually limited edition when launched by cosmetic companies. Helen E eye liners are also so easy to apply whether you are a beginner or makeup pro; their soft, creamy texture means they can also be used as an eyeshadow, or indeed as an eyeshadow base to help an eyeshadow’s staying power. The eyeliners sell for a very reasonable £7.99.
To finish your look try Helen E’s crystal clear Lip Sheen, it gives your lips a hi-patent finish for star quality. It is also moisturising and flavoured with the choice of Peppermint or Strawberry making sure your lips not only look but taste kissable – all this for just £4.99. Helen E are over-the-counter cosmetics at affordable off-the-shelf prices.
For the ultimate party mascara we recommend Lancome’s Hypnose Onyx (£19.50); a brilliant volumising mascara which comes in high shine, glittering shades to dress your lashes for a glossy look. These precious colours include Onyx, Platinum, Silver and Strass. Lancome’s brilliant Fatale mascara provides extreme volumising and lash sculpting for a dramatic look and also comes in a glittery shade called Sparking Black. Lancome products can be found in many department stores across the country or online.
Barry M cosmetics are not only affordable but ideal party products. They come in vibrant, glittery and even neon shades — no colour of the rainbow is left out. At JMA we particularly like Barry M nail varnishes which are excellent quality for their shoestring price of £2.95. We particularly love this year’s summer shades: Strawberry Ice Cream, Berry Ice Cream, Lemon Ice Cream and Blueberry Ice Cream. Although, ultimate head turners for ladies of the night include the bold Neon Pink, Cobalt Blue and Acid Yellow; the Silver and Gold are great for a classy look and the sparkling Hologram Hexographs and Lavendar Hexographs are a disco diva’s best buy.
Other companies such as Chanel and Estee Lauder often do glamourous limited edition colours with glitter, shimmer or shine, particularly at Christmas time, so keep an eye out next time you are passing the beauty counters.
Smoky eyes are a great night out look. See our article on how to get smoky eyes.