As calendars begin to fill with holiday parties and end-of-year celebrations, you've probably started building up your party attire. But a glam makeup look is also part of the equation, and a slew of new shimmer eyeshadows at Nordstrom are a great reminder that it's time to add a little fun to your beauty routines.
'Tis (almost) the season for holiday cocktail hours and big, blowout soirées, meaning now's your chance to pull out all the stops when getting ready to celebrate. You'll likely be donning luxe velvet or chic satin pieces, and adding on glam statement earrings to get into the spirit of the season. And with all this extra glitz, you need your makeup to keep up.
When considering a bolder beauty look, especially paired with equally eye-catching attire, abiding by an age old makeup rule will serve you well: Emphasize just one feature on your face, be it lips, cheeks, or eyes. And this season's drop of new beauty arrivals makes a convincing case for the latter of the bunch.
It's all too easy to do a classic red lip or a standard smokey eye, so why not have a little fun with a shimmery shadow that has just the right amount of sparkle to make an impact. The look is a fun approach to holiday glamour that'll add unexpected interest to your overall ensemble.
For options that aren't too much of a departure from what you'd wear on a typical day, try the SPACE.NK.apothecary Kevyn Aucoin Beauty NudePop Pro Eyeshadow Palette, $57 and newly available on Nordstrom's site. The 12-pan palette features warm shades of gold, blush, violet, and aubergine in satin, matte, and shimmer finishes. The richly pigmented powder shadows are only a touch more daring than neutral browns or beiges, and the shimmery shades are just metallic enough to provide an eye-catching effect.
If your holiday attire could use a jolt of color, Guerlain Electric Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette, $80, provides gorgeous jewel-tone shades of ruby, emerald, and amethyst, along with satiny gold, brown, and champagne shadows and highlighters. MAC Cosmetics Shiny Pretty Things Eye Party Palette, $29.50, is a more affordable palette, and likewise offers up bold colors like evergreen and sapphire alongside blendable shades of black and brown. Concentrate the colored pigment on the center of your lid, and blend out with a complementary shade in the corners of your eyes and toward the brow bone.
Nordstrom's newest shadow arrivals also offer up one-shade wonders that are all you'd need for a shimmery eye — and they're portable so you can take them with you on the go. Try Chanel's luxe Ombre Première Longwear Cream Eyeshadow in Scintillance, $36, for a beautiful champagne glow that's subtle enough for any occasion. The cream formula glides on effortlessly and promises to last all day and night.
Whatever celebrations are coming your way this holiday season, consider them the perfect opportunity to swipe on a shining shadow that'll bring attention to your eyes without looking too over-the-top. Shop a selection of Nordstrom's best new eye palettes and singles below, and head over to the brand's site for even more.