The Fab Five: Eye Candy
If the influx of shoppers and Christmas decorations on Fifth Avenue hasn’t tipped you off, the holiday shopping season is in full swing. The most wonderful time of the year ushers in a month-long frenzy of overspending and overindulging, the latter of which just so happens to extend to our daily caloric intake and our eye makeup preferences as well. Lids that were once neutral and bare often get a little sparkle these days, which can be done in a way that’s not too over-the-top for the glitter-phobics among you. Whether you sweep on a fine sheen of shimmering powder or blend in a luminescent cream, these five pigment pots and palettes should help get you into the festive spirit—if those limited-edition, seasonal red Starbucks cups haven’t already done the trick.—Tara Lamont-Djite
Clarins Eye Quartet
While it looks almost too pretty to touch, this palette contains the perfect mix of subtle, luminescent hues ideal for daytime wear, as well a gilded chunky glitter/shimmer hybrid that can be built up into a molten gold finish.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Color Concentrates in Nori
OCC’s products not only boast a 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free tag, they’re also extremely pigmented and long-lasting. A splash of the loose glitter (available in 36 dazzling shades) can be used on eyes, lips, cheeks, or brows and contains light-reflecting mica for ultimate sparkle. We’re particularly feeling Nori right now, a dark hunter green.
Estée Lauder Pure Color Gélee Powder Eyeshadow in Cyber Gold
Makeup maestro Tom Pecheux is the genius behind these incredibly soft, easy-to-use pigments, which have a silky-smooth formula that applies like a gel but dries to a powder. Bonus: Each one, like the gorgeous Cyber Gold, provides enough shimmer to open up your eyes yet still look sophisticated.
Dr. Hauschka Eye Shadow Solo in Smoky Violet
A favorite of the style and celebrity set, Dr. Hauschka’s holistic skincare offerings are beloved for their soothing, skin-saving ingredients. Containing extracts of black tea to nurture the delicate skin around your eye, this talc-infused iridescent powder provides a subtle sheen and will help keep puffy eyes at bay. Also, this aubergine color makes makes hazel eyes pop.
Into the Blue
Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Shadow in Tenacious Teal
Feeling dry from the winter cold? Go with a cream shadow formula, which provides more moisture than powders. We’re obsessed with the boldness of this hue, which can be ultra-vivid when layered into an opaque finnish. Once applied, it won’t budge but is still easily removable after a long night of merrymaking.