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The Katie Jane Hughes guide to festive grown-up glitter


The Katie Jane Hughes guide to festive grown-up glitter

See out a muted year with aureate flourishes, inspired by celebrity and editorial make-up artist Katie Jane Hughes.

Thank the Y2K redux, the billionaire space race or a need to revolt from last year’s muted revelry but, having appeared in flashes over the last few seasons, for AW21, it’s time for sci-fi metallic lacquers, fine glitter, and diamanté decals to shine. Crystal studs glittered on eyes at Coperni and mouths at 3.1 Phillip Lim, there were twinkling stars embellished all over the face at Burberry, and molten metallics looked to the future with silvery trimmed lips at Ferragamo, pastel pigment eyes at Prada, and liquid gold lips at Nina Ricci.

For statement-making make-up, look to celebrity and editorial make-up artist Katie Jane Hughes. Her powers of incandescent skin and scintillating details have seen her lend a hand developing Glossier products, gained her nearly 700k Instagram followers for her thumb- stopping tutorials, and ready Hailey Bieber, Ashley Graham and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley with her signature gleam. Now, she says, is the time for “fun, creative, playful things where people take a chance.”

Her glittering eye prescription is to “start with a little and build it up to how you want it.” Peeking details pack just as strong a punch – even a sweep of sparkle on the centre of the lid will brighten instantly. Keep the rest simple with fresh skin, but don’t just stick to silver or gold. “I always encourage people to play with colour,” says Hughes. “Make-up isn’t permanent – it washes off!” Like a pair of statement earrings, “the final look should appear like you, but accessorised.”

Photography by @katiejanehughes.

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