The biggest party season beauty and fashion trends to help you ring in the New Year in style
Party season 2022 is well underway, and we’ve loved watching new trends emerge as a result.
From tinsel hair to metallic eyeshadow, there’s plenty of fun to be had with them.
Whether you’re dressing up for Christmas itself, or trying to plan the perfect New Year’s Eve look, here’s a list of the beauty and fashion trends experts say are coming out on top this year, and how to make them work.
Why save the tinsel for the tree when putting it in your hair is so much fun?
We’ve seen the look on the likes of Katy Perry and Indiyah Polack of late, and it’s popped off on TikTok with #tinselhair gaining a whopping 235million views at the time of writing.
The hair experts at Cloud Nine are unsurprised this retro trend has come back, saying: ‘We’re seeing a huge resurgence in 90’s trends across the board, not only in hair and beauty but fashion too. Hair tinsel, which was made popular in that time period, is a great way to elevate any hairstyle, especially in time for the festive season.’
Jewel tone fits
Susie Hasler, personal stylist at styledbysusie.co.uk and style expert at Vinted, says that rich, vibrant jewel tones are happening this new year.
She says: ‘Dresses in bright, impactful colours are the big trend for this party season. Hunt for jewel tones in hot pink, ruby red and purple – these tones are the “in” colours this festive season and are the perfect happy colours to take us into the cooler, darker months.
‘Bonus points for colour blocking or layering colours such as teal with purple, or red with hot-pink – they will really pop in your selfies. These colours also work well as accent colours. They can be added to your outfit with bags and scarves, or a bold-coloured blazer, which can really jazz up a staple pair of skinny jeans.’
Farrah-May Archer Boadi, styling team lead at Stitch Fix UK, agrees that bold colours are the way to go.
She says: ‘Opting for a suit in your favourite hue is a fail-safe option, as it’s an easy outfit to transition from the office to the dance floor and can also be re-styled over and over again throughout the year. From stand-out hues to bold silhouettes and playful patterns, it’s time we forget the old-fashioned rules of tailoring and put our own personal spin on power dressing.
‘Valentino set the tone this season (quite literally), as we watched models storm the runway dressed head to toe in power pink, and it’s time we take their lead.’
Glazed doughnut 2.0 nails
Glazed, iridescent nails have been all over our feeds this year, and Charlotte says the party season is no different – but there is a festive twist to apply to it.
She tells us it’s: ‘Sexier, sultrier and darker, to fit in with the season’s deeper colour palette.
‘No more neutrals – expect to see more dramatic glitters over louder base colours such as blacks and golds.’
Think a similar vibe to Hayley Bieber’s ‘chocolate ganache nails’ but a bit louder to stand out as you party the night away.
It almost goes without saying that sequins are a huge festive vibe this year – just like every year. But this year, we’re doing it a little differently.
Susie says: ‘This year, we’re moving away from the classic sequin dress and experimenting with sequin separates – think blazers or trouser suits as modern alternatives.
‘You can even wear this look with smart trainers and a tee, which is perfect for day-to-night parties. You can also dress a sequin skirt down with tights, ankle boots and a roll-neck jumper.
‘Sequins also add light to the face, which we will all need in the darker winter months. If you are wearing sequins, keep the overall look understated. Accessories should be simple, play up the look with hoop earrings and even a bright lip.
‘Alternatively, pair a sequin cami with jeans and a ruched sleeve black blazer, for just a flash of sparkle. Cooler, fairer skin tones will look great in silver, and warmer skin tones should choose gold.’
Farrah-May points out that being sparkly doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be OTT.
She explains: ‘A popular misconception is that sequins should be worn in a flashy, overt way. In fact, the opposite is the case. I love to see sequins styled subtly, as a glint of glitter within a daytime-friendly look. Accessories are often the easiest way to do just this – try adding a sequin adorned cross-body bag, some sparkly heels or a glitzy hair accessory to a more classic look, et voilà.’
You can also bring sequins into daywear. She says: ‘Try teaming a sequin skirt with an oversized jumper and boots for a day in the office, or layer a sequin cami over a black roll neck for an off-duty look with a touch of glamour.
‘My go-to brands for statement pieces like this are YAS, Vila and Vero Moda, as they offer a range of contemporary styles at affordable prices.’
Metallic and glitter makeup
Yes, those Euphoria-esque metallic looks are still dominating and glitter, like sequins, is a long-held festive staple for good reason.
Charlotte Knight, founder and CEO of Lottie London, Ciaté London and Skin Proud, says: ‘Metallics and glitters are the classic trend that is here to stay, they’re going to be at the forefront of all our looks.
‘A subtle way to do this is by adding a pop of glitter to the inner corner of your eyeshadow. Alternatively, you could do a full metallic, glittery lid that channels Maddie in Euphoria using a pigmented palette – you could also look to take the eyeshadow lightly across the lips to give an extra touch of magic.
‘Another way to add a really easy wearable look is adding a touch of metallic to your natural freckles or switching up your eyeliner. Just simply add a touch to enhance your natural beauty and give all those catwalk and Y2k vibes.’
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