Glitter and shimmer doesn’t have to be reserved for the winter party season surrounding Christmas. Why should we abandon something that represents the fun and experimental side of beauty and makeup for another long year? There are so many ways to play with the glitter and sparkle trend this season, so pick one that suits your personality and feel the vivacious confidence follow!
#1 Large Glitter Flecks Along Lashline
As sported by Rita Ora in this pick, large glitter flecks are back from the 90s, just don’t pair them with whitewash jeans to avoid the good with the bad and the ugly! Makeup Forever have a great array of larger flecked glitter.
#2 Glitter Lips
This is the most popular of all the glitter trends this year, since Pat McGrath, legendary makeup artist brought out her insanely beautiful metallic pigments in her recently released lip kits. The only downside to this is you better steer clear if you plan on eating anything, but what an impact this lip makes! If you can’t get your hands on the McGrath sets, try the high street alternatives.
#3 Iridescent Glitter Paired with Holographic Highlighter
There is something alienesque and ephemeral about this look, with the holographic highlight mirroring the otherworldly beauty of the iridescent glitter. Worn like this, with the glitter laying under the eye beside the highlighted cheeks, you’ll look like a woodland fairy!
#4 Glitter Teardrops
This is an update on something you could do everyday(and should do if you enjoy makeup). Placing some light shimmer in the eye duct area opens the eyes and makes you look more awake. Experiment, now that glitter is in, with a more dramatic version for night time, or day if you are feeling brave. Try gold or darker shades, or better yet try chunkier glitter that brings the party. The Butter London ShadowClutch Palette in Pretty Proper (€31.80) has some eye-catching shimmers in a formula that won’t crease or dry your eyes out.
#5 Gumental Grungy Glitter with Liner
For the grunge rebel kid in you that never fully grew up, use a glitter eyeshadow such as the Barry M Fine Glitter Dust in Black Gold (€5.30) all around the eye, bringing it up past the crease and blending, as well as around the lower lash line and connecting in a blurred wing shape.
#6 Extended Cat Eye of Glitter
Get artistic with your makeup and try a geometric shape like this. Place Vaseline or Lucas’ Papaw Ointment (€8.43) on the lid and in a thicker, higher cat eye shape. The glitter you use will stick to this on application. Clean up to define and create precise lines with some cold cream/makeup remover and a cotton bud.
#7 Glittered Fairy Dust Cheekbones
Usually you really want to avoid having thick chunks of glitter in your highlight, as it can look really cheap. However, if you are purposely going for this trend, it’s meant to be a bold statement look, a ‘party wherever you go’ look. Keep the rest of the base minimal. To achieve this use a gold or bright silver eyeshadow, or load up on a shimmer highlighter in bolder colours than usual for your skin tone. Try this BellaPierre Cosmetics Glowing Palette (€47.26) that we’ve been lusting after!
#8 All Encompassing Eye Sparkle – Upper and Lower
Everyone can achieve this, even in a rush, and get a full impact look that will bring your face to life. Pick a bright, bold colour with glitter or a rich shimmer and sweep all over the eyes and around the lower lash line. Blend it out with a brow bone colour. Pixi has some stunning bold shades in their Mesmerizing Mineral Palettes (€14.17; see the blue and purple jewel toned palettes).
#9 Basic Cat Eye With Parallel Glitter Line and Lower Lash Line
If you’re a die hard cat eye girl, this is going to be a version with more spice. Do your normal cat eye and then draw a parallel line with a glitter liner just above your cat eye, giving a double line effect. Kiko Cosmetics Glitter Eyeliner (€7.95) has enough precision and stick to pull this off. Then draw a line on the lower lash line to mirror it. Pow!
#10 Brow Bejewelled
According to science, Brows are the most important and distinguishing feature of our faces, so why not let them get in on the glitter act? Trace the bottom of your brows with a glitter liner for instant effect and an otherwise clean looking face. The Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Shadows (€32.13) are pricey but worth it for their buttery formula and rich tones. Now that’s playing with glitter!
#11 Freckled Spattering of Glitter – Nose and Cheeks
Faux freckles across the bridge of the nose and the cheeks are being recreated again and again on beauty tutorials, because embracing such an individual feature that was and is often belittled as not ‘beautiful’ is at the centre of what we now see as real beauty. The gorgeous freckles you always wished you had, or those you always had and maybe once played down, can be celebrated with a spattering of glitter. MAC has one of the best ranges hands down, for the colour variety alone.
#12 Temple Stars
This is one of the most retro stylings of the trend, seen on David Bowie and the 60s peace & love hippies before being taken on in more recent years by festival-goers, so channel your inner music loving child of nature with some star temples. Fix the large glitter flecks and stars with some Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream (€32.95) or Natio Paw Paw Treatment (€7.45) along the temple and cheeks before application.
#13 Bare Lid and Glitter Halo
Don’t worry, this won’t just look like your eyeshadow wore off in the middle. This bare lid look surrounded by a graphic cut out glitter eye is clean cut enough to look altogether purposeful. Use wet shimmer eyeshadow or glitter dust like previously, leaving the mid lid bare. Clean around the lines to keep it looking intentional. & Other Stories have some gorgeous shimmer shades such as this one in Caliper Sky (€9). This gives a beautiful halo effect.
#14 Glitter Eyelashes
Stick on glitter dots will make your lash line look extra thick and wide eyed. Apply them under the lash line for something quite editorial and high fashion, slightly eccentric and yet somehow still natural if paired with a ‘bare’ natural face otherwise. NYX has a great glitter primer to keep these larger details in place!