How to wear glitter eye shadow without making a mess
When Rihanna sang “Shine bright like a diamond”, we can only assume she was talking about wearing a face full of glitter. Don't feel the need to correct us, because donning the shimmery stuff seriously sparks joy, and what’s more, it’s super on-trend right now so nothing can stop us!
Glitter bombed faces have been all over the fashion runways in Milan, New York and Paris, potentially sparked by a little show called Euphoria - you might have heard of it?
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If you're like us and want to get amongst, particularly now party season is about to hit, there are a few things you can do to make life easier (and less messy).
Don't feel you have to jump right in with a full festival-vibes-only disco-ball face and body. A simple and chic line of glitter along your lashline is totally wearable, and will upgrade an understated outfit to something truly eye-catching.
If you want to start simple, we suggest checking out some of the amazing liquid glitter liners and eyeshadows now available. Apply your shadow as usual (a creme eyeshadow base is always helpful) and then apply a thin line just above your lash line and reasess before adding more. Liquid glitter shadow with a wand can be dabbed just in the centre of each eyelid or just on the inner corners and blended gently with your ring finger. Alternatively dab some product on the back of your hand and use a small, dense brush to pat the shadow on. Work quickly while it's wet as once it's set, it should stay put.
bh loves: (L-R) In Your Dreams Chunky Glitter, $12; Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow, $40; MAC Gitter, $36; NYX Glitter Primer, $17.50; Elf Glitter Primer, $7; Makeup Revolution Pressed Glitter Palette, $24.50
If you're using loose cosmetic-grade glitter, follow the below steps:
Use a primer
The key to wearing glitter without it getting everywhere is to use the right base so it has something to stick to.
If you are aiming for a small line or spot application, try applying a dab of eyelash glue then quickly pressing on glitter with a small brush.
For more extensive areas over the eyelids and beyond, your best best is to use a dedicated glitter primer. You'll need to test how your product works but generally it's best to apply the rest of your eye look, like a base of coloured eyeshadow first and then use a small, flat brush to dab on the primer (essentially a glitter glue that's safe for eyes) over the lid where you want the glitter. Tap some loose glitter into the lid and take a small dry brush to apply the glitter on top of the primer. You'll need to be quick and apply before the primer dries.
If you're covering a larger area, create a paste using dedicated mixing medium and apply with a brush.
For festival-level body coverage, try using hair gel to adhere the glitter.
Once you're got the glitter in place, misting your face with a makeup setting spray can also help with longevity.
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Pat, don't swipe
To get the density of glitz required, use a dense-head brush and a patting or dabbing motion to pack the glitter on. If you come at your eye with the sweeping or blending motion that you usually use to create your eye looks, it will just flick the particles around or worse, displace them from where they've already set, leaving bare patches, fallout all over your cheeks and inspiring extreme frustration!
Clean up fallout
Speaking of which, it's likely you'll get a touch of dropdown while you're working so you'll need to know how you're going to deal with it. Makeup artists often hold a cotton pad beneath the eye theyre working on as they apply the glitter to catch stray particles.
Many glitter lovers like applying their eye makeup first and doing foundation and concealer afterwards so it's easier to wipe away the loose glitter.
Other options are to use a piece of sticky tape wrapped around your finger and dabbed on gently trap the loose particles, or use a cotton bud with a little moisturiser on it to roll across the area, picking up the loose flecks as you go.
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Use eye masks
The besk hack we've tried is to use the foundation-second approach above, and apply hydrating eye-patch masks beneath each eye before you begin your eye makeup. Once you are done applying your eyes, complete with glitter, remove the patches and not only have you given your under eyes a mini treatment so they're tight and bright, you will have caught any loose particles.
Take it off gently
When you're ready to take it off, the key is not to rub or scrub. Instead, go straight for an oil cleanser (at a pinch you could try olive or coconut oil) and apply liberally before washing away with warm water, preferably in a shower!)
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What are your tips for getting glitter to stay in place?