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Anna G. Larson, Published December 28 2012

Add a little sparkle to your New Year’s Eve with these tips

FARGO – The first rule of sparkle is to always let your inner self shine.

“If you’re happy, you’re going to shine with or without sequins and shimmer,” said Ajit Berg, SheSays columnist, personal shopper and stylist for Barneys New York in Beverly Hills.

From fashion to makeup and home décor, Berg and three other local professionals share tips for a glitzy, glamorous New Year’s Eve.


When it’s time to shine, Berg has a few tips for keeping style sparkly yet elegant and natural.

• Don’t do colored sequins.

“I like classy silver and neutral sequins,” she said. “If you do gold, only do touches of them.”

• Glittery shoes for all.

“At any age, you can add sparkle with a shoe,” Berg said. She recently purchased a sky-high pair of Christian Louboutin heels for a client, but said Target and Macys would have similar, more affordable options.

• Add a pop with a great bag.

“The perfect touch can be a glittery or metallic clutch or bag,” Berg said.

She found a gunmetal Marc Jacobs pouch bag at Target from the Target/Neiman Marcus collaboration line that she said goes well with black.

• Keep it age appropriate.

Berg likes to wear a sequin tank with a soft cashmere sweater.

“Do just touches of sparkle if you’re a more mature woman,” she said.

• Simplicity matters.

If the outfit has a lot of sparkle and shine, wear minimal jewelry, Berg said.

“Balance it so your clothes aren’t wearing you,” she said.

A thin, simple chain necklace and stud earrings complete a sparkly outfit without being too much, Berg said.

• Metallic fabrics can shine as much as sequins or glitter.

“Metallics are even more in than black,” Berg said.


New Year’s Eve fun isn’t reserved for attire. Adding extra sparkle to makeup is easy with tips from two local makeup artists.

“New Year’s Eve is a really good time to get adventurous with your makeup, and it’s easy to do,” said Emily Newcomb, a hair and makeup artist.

Both Newcomb and makeup artist Trista Jetvig Chapman agree that the eyes are a key feature to play up. They recommend the same metallic eyeliner: Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner, $18 at Sephora. NYX Liquid Crystal Liner, $4.50 at ULTA, is a good, affordable liner, too, Jetvig Chapman said.

“It opens the eye and adds color,” she said.

Another eye-opening trick is using a nude shimmer on the corners of the eye and below the lash.

“I really like doing it on the lower lash line because it’s unexpected,” Newcomb said.

If using loose powder, she recommends dampening the makeup brush first and then patting the powder on the eyes.

Another way to add shimmer without glitter is using a highlighter on the cheeks and down the nose, Jetvig Chapman said.

“It’s a way to brighten up the face in the winter without looking like you have glitter thrown on, and it really works for women of all ages,” she said. Smashbox, CARGO and Bare Minerals all have highlighting sticks or powders.

While Jetvig Chapman says there are no rules to age and sparkle, teen girls appear to like glittery makeup; women in their 20s and 30s are more into shimmer and a little glitter, while older women favor light shimmer and illuminzers.

“I don’t think anyone should feel like they can’t wear it because of their age,” she said. “The skin gets dull as we age, so adding just a little shimmer, not glitter, is the rule of thumb – it brightens the skin and makes us look younger.”

For a pretty pout, Newcomb likes a matte bold red, fuchsia or burgundy purple lip. A lip liner or primer is key to helping the lip color stay in place. Applying one coat of color, then loose powder, then another coat of color ensures staying power, she said.

Glitter gloss gives shine if the lips are one of the features you’re highlighting, Jetvig Chapman said.

Highlighting two features, like the eyes and cheeks, and keeping all other makeup matte is important so women avoid a sparkly makeup disaster, Jetvig Chapman said.


Glitter spray in hair is a no-no, but sparkly hair accessories glam up any hairstyle.

“I love adding a little bit of interest to the hair,” Newcomb said.

Brooches can be pinned in the hair with bobby pins, or sparkly headbands look festive and regal. Tinsel woven into a braid is fun, Newcomb said. She said Pinterest has endless ideas for adding extra glitz to hairstyles.


Sparkly nails are an easy way of achieving a New Year’s Eve feel without a lot of commitment. Newcomb recommends glitter polishes by OPI and Essie because they’re dense and ultra-glittery.

The dense glitter polishes can be painted on like regular polish or painted to achieve a faded look, Newcomb said.

To get a faded glitter look, concentrate polish on one part of the nail and then gradually use less and less so it looks like the polish fades from ultra-glittery to a few specks of glitter, she said.

Adding glitter to just one fingernail on each hand is also trendy, Jetvig Chapman said.

Butter London Sparkle Sparkle Holiday Lacquer Collection and China Glaze Fairy Dust are some of her favorites.

Removing glitter polish can be a pain, but Jetvig Chapman said pure acetone nail polish remover usually does the trick. Making certain to soak the entire cotton pad or ball in remover is important, too, so the cotton doesn’t stick to the nail polish, she said.


We all love our atmosphere to sparkle metaphorically and sometimes literally, said interior designer Ami Baxter, who owns Firefly Designs & Events.

Sparkle isn’t limited to holidays, either.

“It’s just about remembering the correct dosage per the season,” Baxter said.

Baxter shared dos and don’ts for adding extra- special touches to the home.

• Color changes everything.

“I love taking the complementary color of a paint color and adding it into either a floral arrangement or a couple of dashing pillows that say ‘Ooh la la,’ ” she said.

She favors metallic colors like copper and chrome for New Year’s Eve.

“Because we tend to fill our homes with a plethora of earth tones, a good burst of rich copper or glowing chrome is a nice balance to paint and other finishes, which tend to be flat finishes,” Baxter said.

• Don’t try too hard.

“Remember to decorate to your best abilities and then just stop,” she said. “Don’t overdo it, over think it or try too hard. Sometimes sparkle is what comes with ease, and it can be simple.”

If decorating for New Year’s Eve isn’t working, call for help.

“When all else fails, call a designer to help top off the cake with a cherry,” Baxter said.

• Think outside the box.

Everyday items can be used to create dazzling décor.

For example, wall coverings can be cut and then used as placemats. Filling apothecary jars with tinsel is festive and inexpensive.

Sparkly snowflakes hung from the ceiling in clusters of seven to 12 create a wintery feel. Sparkly snowflakes pinned to the ceiling every few inches can create a “glittery sky,” Baxter said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Anna G. Larson at (701) 241-5525