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Fancy Some Sunday DIY? Try The Embellishment Trend At Home

Fancy Some Sunday DIY? Try The Embellishment Trend At Home

Boring Sunday afternoon on the horizon? Have some strong glue, Vaseline, sequins and glitter at the ready… it’s time to get creative. Glittering embellishment, show stopping makeup and sumptuous textiles dominated the AW’12 catwalks, encouraging fashionistas around the globe to try their hand at creating one-off party pieces.

Handbags, shoes and collars got glitterbombed at Meadham Kirchhoff, while Chanel, Miu Miu, Dior Couture and Ole Yde paraded party makeup like we’ve never seen before.  This Christmas, the Wow Brow, sequined lips, gold leaf eyelids and dazzling nail art will take centre stage at all the best parties… be the envy of your friends and master the art of customization early!

1. The Shoes

You’ll need: A pair of shoes that you want to glitter, a small paintbrush and fabric glue. Then of course, glitter in the colour of your choice – try the kid’s aisle at your local haberdashery or craft store – failing that, Ebay!

Apply a heavy layer of glue to a section of your shoes, cover them in glitter (pour it on over a piece of paper). Allow that section to dry, then do more and more sections until your shoes are completely covered. It’s likely they’ll need touching up after a few wears, but the effort is worth the compliments you’ll no doubt receive! Alternatively, cover toe caps and tongues with mismatched gemstones – Baroque boots and detail heels will definitely put a spring in your step.

2. The Accessories

Start with your gloves – this look is incredibly easy but adds an expensive, luxury feel to any everyday outfit. Simply layer oversized, chunky rings, bracelets and/or cuffs over dark leather gloves for instant glamour. Next, pin brooches or gems to your boyish beanie hat. Add an embellished belt over your favourite trend coat to cinch your waist – use similar shades to elongate your body. Use heavy duty fabric glue and tweezers to add multi-coloured gemstones to your shirt collar and clutch bag ahead of a big night out, or cover the handle of your favourite umbrella with vintage studs.

3. The Eyes

Copenhagen’s Ole Yde show had us all craving iridescent eyes. Start with clean skin – try not to moisturise around the eyes and eyelids, where you want your sequins and glitter to stick. Choose beads and sequins with a flat bottom surface – Strass from Makeup Forver are our favourite! Using tweezers, dip the bead or sequin in eyelash glue (wait for the glue to go tacky for a strong bond). Apply – the more colourful, busy and varied the beads, the better. Why not try mirrored, circular pieces a la Miu Miu?

4. The Eyebrows

Brow bling is daring, we know. But if you can’t try it at Christmas, when can you? Simply apply brow gel to keep brows in place and give your glitter something to latch on to, then brush bright glitter through using an eyeshadow brush. Keep building until you achieve the desired finish. You can elongate brows by applying eyelash glue at the ends and dabbing on extra gems – extend away as far as your dare for added drama!

5. The Lips

Kinder Aggugini style glitter lips are achievable at home, and cost next to nothing. Try bright red for the ultimate party look – cover the whole lip in a red pencil, then add a layer of lipstick in a corresponding tone. Dip your finger in a pot of matching glitter and dab all over lips. Finally, add a lip coat to stop the glitter budging. Alternatively,  the quickest way to create a 3D lip is to mix glitter with your lip gloss. The tacky texture of gloss will also hold the glitter in place for hours!

FashionBite tip: The best way to clean up is with a facwipe (we like Simple). If it just won’t budge, try Bioderma Crealine solution.

Have fun!

Amy @ FashionBite xx


Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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