Taylor Swift sparkled in shiny Kaufman Franco and Christina Aguilera’s slinky slate-colored Monique Lhuillier looked like molten metal. They are just a couple of the stars positively shining in silver gowns on the red carpet. From a lot of sparkle to just a little shine - there are several ways to get the festive look, which is perfect for celebrating New Year’s Eve.
1. HIGH HO SILVER!
You don’t have to spend a fortune on a designer gown to get in on the silver trend. “90210” star AnnaLynne McCord wore a sleek, sleeveless Simply Vera Vera Wang top to the “Twilight” premiere that cost just $54! www.kohls.com
Another affordable option - Banana Republic’s sophisticated metallic sheath dress in Silver Lake features a detailed pleated neckline and looks like something Victoria Beckham would wear. $150 at Banana Republic stores and at www.bananarepublic.com
Silver shoes and purses are easy - they never go out of style. Patricia Field designed a funky gladiator-inspired pewter platform sandal that Carrie Bradshaw would love! It’s on sale at Payless for $21. Matching coin purse, which can be used as a clutch is $12.99. www.payless.com
Think of it as jewelry for the hair! Go for a vintage crystal brooch that you can pin in your locks, or a silver headband. Forever 21 has cute silver sequined headbands that are dirt cheap. Target has a whole range of affordable headbands. Jennifer Behr - whose high-end hair accessories are a constant fixture on “Gossip Girl”, has created an affordable band for Target. Her crystal adorned headband is perfect for holiday parties and sells for $29.99. Target also has silver satin and velvet headbands… all on sale for less than $15. www.target.com
MAC’s Senior Artist, John Stapleton, who has worked with Hilary Duff and Jenny McCarthy, shows us how to create a silvery holiday makeup look.
Start with “Teddy,” a brown-colored eye pencil, and line it inside the eye. Draw a thick line on the top eyelid with the pencil. Next, take MAC’s Wisteria Eye Trio Palette from the limited-edition “Dame Edna” collection and smudge Divine Night, a frosty charcoal with silver pearl shadow, with a flat, firm brush like MAC’s Brush 252 along the outer lid of the eye. Next, press Fineshine, a frosty true silver shadow on the lid and blend it all together with a soft brush through the crease. Use the frosty robin’s egg blue called Wisteria at the inside corners of the eye finishing up with black mascara on the top and bottom lashes. The “Dame Edna " collection is available at all M.A.C. locations and at www.maccosmetics.com
Still too much silver for you? Then go for just a touch of metallic with your nails. Superstar Nail Lacquer, which Courteney Cox and Laura Dern have, does the trick in “Silver Screen.” $8.50 available at www.styleshoppe.com and select salons nationwide.