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Allure editors give their take on our Shimmer-Full eye look — and also bring the shine to nails, lips & cheeks.

A little glitz can go a long way to get you into the holiday spirit. But what we love most about these metallic makeup looks is that they’re festive without being too flashy. In other words, they’d be as appropriate at your holiday office party as they would at a New Years’ celebration that goes into the wee hours of the morning.

SMOKEY METALLIC EYE

“Smokey eyes are always on trend for holiday, but instead of going for classic blacks and blues, I like to spice it up with bold, earthy tones that play up my brown, almond-shaped eyes. I want my eyes to embody fall foliage: Rich, multidimensional, and layered with warm shades — metallic purple, copper, and bronze — that blend into one seamless look. If you are wearing this look, I have two fail-proof tips: First, keep blending! If the eye shadow looks too harsh, use your crease brush to soften it; and second, always finish off the look with a subtle highlighter and a neutral lip gloss that won’t take away from the intensity of your eyes.” – Lara Adekola, associate social media manager

THE MUST-USE PRODUCTS

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Sunlight
NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow in Dayclub
Urban Decay Perversion Waterproof Fine-Point Eye Pen in Blackest Black
Nars Lip Gloss in Supervixen
Benefit Real False Debutante Lashes

MUTED METALLIC STRIPES

“I like to keep things simple, and since metallic isn’t a look I usually gravitate toward for my makeup, I had to figure out a way to make it more my style. If you know me, you know I love gray and stripes, so I found a perfect opportunity here to add more of both to my repertoire. Using the Butter London Little Gems set of nail polishes, I picked three colors to evenly stack on my nails: Full Steam Ahead (charcoal grey), Diamond Geezer (metallic silver), and Adventure Awaits (rosy champagne). I decided to balance the majority of each of my nails being metallic with a simple gray at the base to keep them a bit more casual, then stripes of silver and champagne to add a little shimmer. It’s a more understated version of metallic that suits me perfectly.” – Amanda Bohnson, beauty editor

THE MUST-USE PRODUCTS

Butter London Little Gems 6 Pc. Lacquer Collection

LIQUID METALLIC LIP

“I’m of the belief that getting a liquid lip look shouldn’t be hard for anyone. So I kept things simple by applying a lip gloss that has a metallic sheen to it. To take it up a notch, I patted on a glow-y, foiled eye shadow in the middle of my pout to catch the light — and add some extra oomph. It’s the lazy-girl way of nailing this trend.” –Jihan Forbes, digital editor

THE MUST-USE PRODUCTS

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in St. Tropez
Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Fireball

PRISMATIC SHIMMER

“Usually, I like a subtle lit-from-within glow, but sometimes, I want my cheeks to have a pastel, prismatic effect — one with cool tones of pink, blue, and green that shine off of my naturally tan skin. My tip for getting this done: Don't be afraid of it! Dab the different colors from your temples, down to your cheek bones (where the light naturally hits), then blend the colors together with a fluffy brush. Finish off the look with a dark, vampy lip — either a plum or a deep berry. You don’t want your lips to distract from your iridescent glow.” – Jesa Calaor, editorial assistant

THE MUST-USE PRODUCTS

NYX Strobe of Genius Holographic Stick in Mermaid Armor
Anastasia Beverly Hills Moon Child Glow Kit
Tarte Maneater Liquid Liner
Nars Audacious Lipstick in Bette

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