Mainly because I can’t, due to my hacking cough.
Anyhoo, here are my current faves:
You really just want a light, iridescent sweep that’s going to brighten your eyes and make them twinkle – nothing too dramatic.
Estee Lauder: Silver Ball – really lovely texture and a nice light coverage which can be built up if you feel so inclined. Plus, comes with a mirror and applicator in the packaging. Score.
Paul&Joe Beaute: Shade 19 – GORGEOUS packaging and another fab mirror in the case. This is packed with sparkle and a hint darker than the Lauder shadow if you want a touch more definition. This isn’t the right shade, FYI, but it’s suuuuuuuuch pretty pacakging, I could weep.
Nars: Heart of Glass – bonus points for the Blondie reference. I adore Nars shadows for their incredibly high pigmentation and cracking staying power but this puppy is a real winner for daytime. I rocked it for a lunchtime do and won scores of compliments. It’s a really bright, light silvery colour with tonnes of sparkle. More points for more mirrors in compacts and more importantly, a sexy rubberised finish. Brrriaooow!
Desk to Dance Floor
Now you want to ramp up the raunch and take a subtle eye to something a touch more party-centric.
YSL Ombre Duolumiere: Shade 5 – Sweep the lighter silvery lavender all over your lid for a daytime look, then, using one of the TWO applicators in the compact (mirrored again – I’m spoiled) sharpen up for the evening with the smokey grey along your lashline and crease.
BeneFit Creaseless Cream: Skinny Jeans – This is a GORGEOUS colour and looks great swept on lightly with your ring finger for day, and built up with a synthetic brush for the evening.
It’s time to make an impact, so let’s get serious…
I am loving:
Aura Paradise Eyes: Texas Cowboy – a gorgeous smoky charcoal to really vamp up. The squat screw lid can be a little fiddly but the colour and consistency of the shadow is totally worth it.
Bella Pierre Mineral Shimmer Powder: These powders are a dream. A slightly pricier version of Barry M’s Dazzle Dusts, these shadows are perfectly blendable, stay put once they’re on and, as minerals, they’re totally kind to skin. I like a blend a dark grey with one of the lighter, sparklier ones and really go for it. BEE-YOO-TI-FULL.
Barry M Dazzle Dust: And of course, I got NO problem with the classics. Dazzle dusts are easy to get hold of and cheap enough to play around with. And they be chock full of silvery options – go for grey or charcoal if in doubt.
Now go forth and sparkle like the fairy on the top of the tree…