8 grown-up ways to wear glitter make-up

Sure, the last time we wore glitter make-up, we were pre-teens and still playing with cabbage patch dolls – but believe us when we say, that glitter make-up is so hot right now. And yes, you can wear it like a grown up. Just look to the Autumn/Winter 2016 catwalks for inspiration: Burberry swept their new shimmer dust from the outer corners of their models’ eyes and across the cheekbones. Sparkle was on show along the brow bone at Giambattista Valli, on the inner corners of the eyes at Kenzo and around the eyes at Jenny Packham. It’s our new favourite look for a night out. Get ready to glitter…

1. The inner sparkle eye

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If you’re savvy with you make-up, you’ll already know that highlighting the inner corners can help to make your eyes look more open. You can actually amplify that effect with a bit if sparkle. Top New York-based make-up artist, Rommy Najor created this gorgeous look for Refinery29. So how do you do it? Start by applying some adhesive to the inner corners of the eye (try Topshop’s Face Art Glue), then using a brush, push glitter into the inner corners of the eye. Add a little more to the lower lash line and diffuse it up towards the brow. Offset the glitter by applying a little taupe eye shadow to the lids, then tap on Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream for a glowy finish.

2. The glitter lash

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If you want a subtle way to wear glitter, look to Carolina Herrera’s gorgeous glitter lash look: it’s super easy to recreate. Apply some natural-looking false lashes and add flecks of silver glitter to them with a mascara brush. Sweep a little highlighter onto your lids, up to the brow bone for a lovely, luminous glow. We love how Herrera combined high-shine eyes with a dark, matte lip – try Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick in Glastonberry for a similar shade.

3. The glitzy lip

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We saw them at Sophia Webster’s autumn/winter catwalk show, then the internet went NUTS over glitter lips when top make-up artist Pat McGrath launched her amazing glitter lip kit and recreated the showstopping look on everyone from Chrissy Teigen to Naomi Campbell.  

McGrath’s lip kits haven’t launched in the UK yet, but while you’re waiting, you can recreate the look with this Beauty Junky Sparkle Red Lips kit from ASOS for just £7.50. These Glitter Lip kits by Beauty Boulevard are also amazing. Combine with pared back eye make-up and dewy skin (mix liquid highlighter in with your foundation for the same glow) and you’re good to go.

4. The iridescent cat eye

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We love this glitter take on the traditional cat eye, and good news, it’s really easy to recreate. ‘Use a black gel eyeliner to create a feline flick with some length in the inner corner of the eye also,’ says celebrity make-up artist and brand ambassador for Barry M, Adam Burrell. ‘This will really elongate the eyes. I would keep the lid/base quie minimal to keep it simple and modern. Then paint lash glue underneath the eyes in a thin liner shape and press on some glitter with a flat brush. You can play around with different liners and glitter colours – this is a look to have fun with!’

5. The waterfall sequin eye

We absolutely love how Lisa Eldridge – top celebrity make-up artist, YouTube vlogger and all round beauty guru – created this glitter-tastic eye make-up look using only drugstore beauty products. She combines a smokey eye with silver leaf, glitter and shimmery highlighter in all the right places. Watch her easy-to-follow tutorial here:

6. The glitter ombre nail

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If you’re a total glitter-phobe, ease yourself into the trend with a sparkly ombré mani. We love this tutorial from nail artist Arlene Hinckson at Birchbox:

  1. Apply a base coat of polish in a pale neutral shade.
  2. Apply two coats of nail polish in a creamy, off-white color.
  3. Use a glitter polish to create a glittery, ombre effect. Pull your brush out of the bottle and wipe off both sides on the neck of the bottle until you have a clean brush. Then gather the polish that you just brushed off onto one side of your brush until you have a dense pool of polish.
  4. Apply the polish thickly to the base of the nail. Then gently drag your brush towards the middle of your nails to pull some of the sparkles up towards the tip—you want the glitter in the polish to thin out as you move up. Repeat this step on all of your nails.
  5. Apply a topcoat to finish and seal the look.

 7. The sparkle-smokey eye

A really easy way to wear the glitter trend? Add copper glitter to a smokey eye for a gorgeous rose gold effect. Beauty vlogger, Laura Lee, has totally nailed it in this YouTube tutorial:

8. The all-out sequin eye

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If you want a statement glitter-inspired look, the all-out sequin eye is perfect. ‘This look is based on a sexy, smokey eye amped up with glitter,’ says Adam. ‘Create a black, bronze or gunmetal smokey eye, using a black, waterproof liner in the inner corners of the eyes if you want a dramatic look. Then paint lash glue all over the lid and wait for it to go tacky – lash glue is great to use as a glitter adhesive as it’s super strong. Then press on contrasting foil leaf glitter and build up. For a more natural version of this look, you can swap the glitter for metallic pigment.’

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