The Christmas season may be (sadly) over, but not so the party season. What with January parties to stave off the post-Christmas mid-winter angst, there are still a host of opportunities to deploy some elegance. If you feel that jewel-bright cocktail dresses and dazzlingly printed maxis leave you cold, opt instead for a classic Little Black Dress, and work the current trends by focusing on hair and make-up. Metallics and sparkle return to winter catwalks every year and always move onto the high street. A gold or sequined dress is not the only way to sparkle with this trend though, and an equally seasonal but more subtle look can be achieved by heading to the beauty counter. Keep lips natural and add drama to your eyes with metallic shadow. Choosing a single colour can be tricky, so go for a palette like Givenchy’s Le Prisme Yeux Mono and combine the matte and glittery tones for iridescent peepers. With made-up eyes, keep your skin pared-down though still party ready with a subtle bronzer. Avoid those with heavy pigments and apply with a large rounded brush for a more natural look; try the softly shining effect from Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick Compact. Top off your metallic style with hair accessories. A simple hairstyle like a loose plait or tousled bun can be made evening-ready with a gold or bronze coloured headband. Choose a plain band in a bright colour, or try a jewelled number to add cute sparkle to your ‘do. Headbands can feel uncomfortable for some, so try loosely curling hair, applying a texturising salt spray and pinning strands back with jewelled hair slides. The trick to party success is matching style with endurance. Hair accessories and simple make-up additions are ideal because whether you’re sitting, standing, jumping into a cab to head to the next bar or camped outside having a conversation, the look can be easily touched up or modified in quick bathroom breaks – giving you the confidence to party until late.
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