BEAUTY KNOWHOW: Get your glitter on

Ah, the Christmas party season – inevitably with make-up that involves the G-word: glitter. And there’s plenty of it about, from eyeshadows and mascaras to nail varnish. But glitter on your eyes has a tendency to fall on to your face, so it’s wise to try to apply it like a pro: do your eyes before your base, put some powder on your cheeks so you can easily brush any excess away and hold a tissue under your eye to catch glitter that spills.

If, however, despite your best effort you still end up looking like a living disco ball with specks of shimmer on your visage for at least a few days after, try to think of it with joy – like a bit of seasonal facial tinsel, if you will. There are alternatives, of course. You could raise your illumination game with a dash of highlighter instead – or a more dazzling version thereof.

Illamasqua’s is a great option and has a hint of hologram for extra yuletide fun. Or try Lottie London’s lipstick, which goes on looking like a normal everyday shade – until you press your lips together and it gets all a-sparkle. Whichever way you go, here’s a selection of some of the best festive make-up. So go forth and dazzle ’em.

best glitter make-upGivenchy La Palette Midnight Skies, £40, debenhams.com

best glitter make-upEssie Nail Lacquer in Sights on Nightlights, £7.99, superdrug.com

best glitter make-up L’Oreal Glitter Fever Eyeliner in Holographic Show, £8.99, boots.com

best glitter make-upBecca Glow Gloss in Ruby Fire, £18, johnlewis.com

best glitter make-up
Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Starlight Sparkle Lipcolor in Caprice, £25.50, debenhams.com

best glitter make-upMAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Oh Darling, £25.50, maccosmetics.co.uk

best glitter make-upLottie London Xthuyle Glitter Switch Transforming Liquid Lipstick in Extra AF, £6.95, superdrug.com

best glitter make-upLottie London Xthuyle Diamond Dips Face & Body Glitter Gel, £4.95, superdrug.com

best glitter make-up
Illamasqua Beyond Powder Highlighter in Electric, £34, illamasqua.com

best glitter make-upGivenchy Mascara Top Coat in Red Night, £22, debenhams.com

best glitter make-upEssie Nail Lacquer in Million Mile Hues, £7.99, superdrug.com

best glitter make-up
Collection Gorgeous Glow Holographic Loose Highlighter in Aurora 2, £3.99, boots.com