It may not be for everyone, but a little glitter is often just the thing you need to push average daytime looks into the dazzling-showstopper territory. Sparkle is easy to overdo for colour-play enthusiasts, but the key to mastering the right amount is to match your choice in product to your own makeup personality. Whether you’re a play-it-safe fusspot, highlighter diva or just looking to up your game when it comes to the season’s social events, there’s definitely an easy way to bring a little shine into your life. Here are our top picks for sheens both subtle and substantial, as well as an emphatic reminder that age or unfamiliarity should never get in the way of you getting your shine on.
If you’re seeking that minimal, post-grunge ’90s glow, which is on the rebound in magazine editorials, you can forego highly pigmented highlighters and luminizers, and just invest in a simple gloss that will add a protective, jelly-like layer to either your lips or your eyeshadow. In a pinch, some clear lash gel or beeswax will give you a subtle highlight, but the unparalleled master of this game is The Exotique Diamond Eye Gloss ($46) from makeup legend Kevyn Aucoin’s eponymous line. It sets your eyeshadow and overlays a whole dimension of depth and catch-me-in-the-light twinkles over your eyelid, such that even simple, neutral makeup turns into an elegant, dinner-party ready face with just a dab or two.