Glitter Is The Answer To All Your Fall Beauty Questions

What is it about wearing glitter in the fall and winter that just feels so right? Perhaps it's the fact that all that glimmer and shine is the polar opposite of the natural, fuss-free beauty we embrace in the warmer months; maybe it's our way of gearing up for Christmas and New Year's Eve, our makeup bag mirroring the fairy lights with which we deck the halls in our daydreams of an Instagram-ready life that does not involve arguing about politics with our second cousins at the dinner table on Christmas Eve. Or it could be our antidote to the dreary weather, long nights, and lack of vitamin D that the season inevitably brings.

Whatever it is that draws us in year on year, 2017 is no different: We're looking for holographic shine, disco-ball glitter, and sequined shimmer to brighten up the year's shortest days. But what makes this year's take different from the last? Glitter grew up a little, and the newest crop of sparkle-laced products is so irresistible for party season that we're planning ahead big time. It's goodbye to loud and brash festival glitter, and hello, subtle, worn-in shimmer. This autumn and winter we're embracing all the fun and festivity of seasonal shine, in the freshest, most modern way possible.

Ahead, the shadows, liners, and lip colors we're using to get our heads in the holiday game. And no, there's no such thing as too early to talk about holiday beauty — it is the most wonderful time of the year, after all.

The unique water-based texture of this lightweight liquid shadow makes it surprisingly buildable, so you can use a light hand to keep the look subtle or go full-on Sparkle City all night long.

Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Kitten Karma, $24, available at Sephora.
Glitter may not necessarily be something you want in your all-over face powder, but trust us when we say that the finely milled shimmer this silky formula imparts leaves skin gorgeously illuminated, not strobed.

MAC Snow Ball Face Powder in Happy Go Dazzlingly, $34, available at MAC Cosmetics.
Leave it to Rihanna to conceptualize a holiday collection that has nothing to do with the holidays, except for the fact that it's packed full of festive glitter — not even your lip gloss is safe from the sparkle. (And why would you ever want it to be?)

Fenty Beauty Cosmic Gloss Lip Glitter in Plutonic Relationship, $19, available at Sephora.
Skip the usual black/gold/silver color holiday color scheme (pretty, but predictable) and get acquainted with a full spectrum of metallics instead, in unexpected shades like lavender, deep red, and sky blue.

NYX Professional Makeup In Your Element Metal Shadow Palette, $30, available at NYX Professional Makeup.
The super-fine brush applicator makes applying a thin, subtle line easy, if you're ready to dip a toe in the trend but aren't quite prepared to dazzle like the top of the Chrysler Building.

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Junkshow, $20, available at Urban Decay.
Is it silver? Is it gold? Is it incredibly shimmery and creamy and the kind of thing you can just smudge on with your finger for an up-all-night, lived-in look that gleams? Answer: Yes to all of the above.

Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Eye Foil in Blonde Gold, $40, available at Estée Lauder.
Some days you want glitter on your lids, other days you want it on your lips, and once in a while, you might just want to put it all over the damn place. So don’t limit yourself — this tiny tub of magic creates insane sparkle and glass-like shine anywhere you like.

Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Top Coat in Nude, $28, available at Sephora.
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