Shimmer, Spice & Everything Nice


Reminiscent of glittery party dresses, fashion designers have embraced shimmer in a big way: androgynous at Maria Grachvogel, futuristic at Chanel and ‘50s-with-a-twist at Christian Dior. “Shimmer and shine evoke thoughts of the holidays and festive parties, reminding us of the sparkle of Champagne, crystal embellished dresses and eye-catching jewelry,” says Olivia Chantecaille, creative director at Chantecaille. “Shimmer also brings life to tired or pale skin.”

Lisa Thurman, co-founder of Chicago-based Amazing Cosmetics, agrees. “It makes me feel like I’m going off to do something glamorous and special,” she says, but adds that subtlety is key. “Use a soft touch whenever you’re experimenting with shimmery, metallic makeup – you can always add more product but I suggest getting comfortable with it first.”

With its ability to create an instant ‘candle-lit’ glow, shimmer has long been a party favorite. “Dewy, healthy-looking skin can easily be achieved by hitting all the highlight points on the face,” shares Michael Perich, president/founder of Glen Ellyn-based Camp Cosmetics. A touch of shimmer on the bridge of the nose, chin, forehead and ridge of the cheekbones creates an instant glow…but do so with a light hand, warns Mr. Perich. “If done wrong, you could look like the Tin Man from Wizard of Oz; it’s about accenting, not overpowering.”

While it’s easy to incorporate shimmer into your everyday look with eyeshadow, for evening it’s all about pairing it with the bright lip. Ms. Chantecaille says, “Color and shimmer work well when paired together because they enhance each other in an alluring and festive way.”


About Irish Mae Silvestre

Irish Mae Silvestre earned her master’s degree in journalism at DePaul University and has worked in the magazine industry for over seven years. She grew up in Dubai, wrote for The Dubai Mall magazine and is a self-appointed KitKat connoisseur.