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By Patricia Wersinger

‘Tis the season to shimmer and sparkle! Ladies, have you planned your holiday look for end-of-year parties? After all, the fun of going out is getting attired and made up in new ways that inspire – turn yourselves into stars that shine into the night…be works of art that mesmerize your friends!

If you seek ways to look like your super girl selves without over stressing, then stop by The Body Shop and view the retailer’s new Smoke and Sparkle Collection. I did so recently to speak with Celebrity Make Up Artist Ashton Chase. He flew from London to chat with New York beauty editors and writers about the esoteric science of 2011 holiday glamor.

“Winter 2011 is about smoky eyes,” said Chase, who has graced the faces of top fashion icons and actresses. “It is all about glossy lips and sparkle.” The basic tools and tricks he used to achieve the 2011 Holiday look include:

The Sparkler: Don’t leave home without it. It adds iridescent sparkle dust on the face, refining the texture and brightening it instantly before you enter the grand room. The combination of different sized pearls and glitters creates a sophisticated dim shimmer. But careful, a dab is enough. This year’s version is offered in Enchanting Gold. Well named – it does enchant.

The New Special Edition Smoke and Sparkle includes two palettes, one in Silver Black and the other in Golden Brown that work well on all skin tones. Eyes are brightened in sultry gold or iridescent silvers.

Chase uses a full small rounded brush to apply everything from shadow to gloss. Whether you want to be subtly sparkling or ultra glitzy and glamorous, the brush will layer more or less color to suit the mood. One of Chase’s tricks is to create a white base first over the entire eyelid. It allows the shimmer of the base to go through the layers of shade you add over the entire eyelid and crease afterwards. A little shadow along the top and over the lash line, with a touch of eye definer on the lower lash line, helps create smoky sexiness. In the end, the highlighter is brushed on the brow bone. For an extra finished look, load with super volume mascara in black.

• On the lips, Chase added the Mini Hi Shine, a classic miniature gem that gives a glimpse of ultra shiny sheer to create a tinted and wet-look. It gives the perfect party pout in Pink, Coral, Beige and Purple. Beware, scented with passion fruit fragrance, it might put you in the mood for anything.

The cosmetics line is marvelous because the consistency of the eye shadows is so feathery, airy and subtly sparkly that mistakes cannot be made when applying. Everything blends, glides and works together without creating those nightmare blotches or creases that necessitate starting all over and ruining the fun. I tried this on myself and I’m happy with the results!

The new special Smoke and Sparkle Collection is available at the five Body Shop stores in Manhattan and at http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com. Go out now and have fun with it.

Originally published December 2011
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