The holidays are soon upon us, and we all know what that means: more makeup. While we might want to slide by with the same old, same old, it’s a time to rally the troops and put some pizazz into the beauty routine. That could mean smoky eyes, which are not as hard to achieve as they might seem, and glittery skin–easy peasy, with the help of special foundation. Glittery eyes, too, and shimmering lips. Why not pull out all the stops for those super-celebratory evenings of the season? If it works, everyone will love it; if it doesn’t, they’ll be too full of ‘holiday cheer’ to notice.

[start with the basics]
>> Chantecaille | Liquid Lumiere
This luscious cream base adds a soft glow to skin that will look great in the low lights of evening. An added benefit: anti-aging properties, thanks to antioxidant-rich pea and bamboo extracts. Can be combined with foundation and/or sunscreen, if desired.
Neiman Marcus, $39

[add the eyes]
>> Jane Iredale | Smoke & Mirrors
If you’ve always wanted to try the smoky eye, this is your chance. An attached booklet teaches you how to layer the smoky look, step by step, and offers a range of sultry colors, from light brown to dark grey.
Soft Surroundings, $50

[some extra sparkle]
>> Marc Jacobs | Twinkle Pop Eye Sticks
Easy to maneuver, with their stubby cases, these eye shadow/highlighter wands offer subtle iridescence that can be used on the brow bone, in the crease or at the eye corners. Have fun with them! Shown in Honey Bunny, Volver and Three Shakes.
Fine department stores, $28 each

[a compact to match]
>> Hello Kitty | Ruby Compact Mirror
A night on the town calls for the right accessories, and it’s hard to beat this glittery feline, created in celebration of Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary. Includes regular and magnified mirrors.
Exclusive to Sephora, $49

[the finishing touch]
>> Nars | Lipstick and Gloss
Complete your holiday glimmer with a frosty combination from Nars: cream lipstick in Adriatic and uber glossy wand in Soleil de Orient. You’ll be amazed at how dressy this look can be.
Fine Department Stores, $26 stick/$26 wand

Photo: Bill Barrett