How To Get Glitter Makeup To Work For You

New Year’s Eve is all about bling, but getting that bling where you want it (and getting it to stay put) can be tricky. Especially if you want your bling in your makeup, a’la Christina in the first episodes of The Voice this season. Her blinged out glitter shadow had me absolutely mesmerized for episodes.

But, as pretty as the bling is, working with glitter makeup is tricky.  Go overboard and you look like a disco ball.  Getting the glitter onto your skin without fall out all over your face can be hard, let alone getting the glitter makeup to stay in place for a few hours.  We all have our favorite glitter makeup helpers, but sometimes you need the advice of a professional.


  • Glitter Makeup Tricks 1 of 12

    I asked a few great makeup artists for their suggestions on using glitter makeup products. They all use glitter differently and have their own favorite products, but chances are their advice will be able to help you!

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    "For loose glitter, I really love applying it onto the lower lash line for an unexpected pop of glimmer. Especially if you're not used to wearing glitter, I think applying it on the lower lash line is a great way to ease your way into the world of glitter."

    "I love using LA Splash Cosmetics' Splash Proof Eye Liner Sealer to adhere glitter! You dab some wherever you want glitter, and then pat the glitter on top. And it stays put!"

    "For loose glitter, I'm a big fan of the Make Up For Ever glitters. I really love it in shade #3, it looks white, but when applied, gives a really nice, iridescent kinda look to it. It's great for the inner corners of your eyes!"

    - Brianna Gonzalez, also blogs at Briksia

    LA Cosmetics Splash Proof $8.98
    Make Up For Ever Glitters in Multicolored White 3, $15

  • Popular Gold Glitter 3 of 12

    "When the mood strikes me I like to dab a little glitter right on my eyelids over the eye makeup I have already laid down. I adhere it with Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy or MAC Fix+. I love MAC Reflects Glitters, specifically the shade Antique Gold."

    - Laura, blogs at My Newest Addiction, and she is available as a makeup artist

    MAC Fix + $21
    MAC Glitter in Reflects Antique Gold, $21

  • Glitter Sealer 4 of 12

    "Glitter is best used in small doses as it is very difficult to remove and too much of it can look overly done. For a special event, a New Year's party, glitter can make your eye makeup pop and is best applied using a makeup sealant like Make Up For Ever Mist and Fix and Make Up For Ever Aqua Seal."

    "I like eyeshadows that double up as glitter, NARS Night Series eyeshadows are beautiful as well as the Kat Von D True Romance palettes are gorgeous, bold and long lasting."

    - Norah Salazar blogs at Norah Loves Makeup, and she is available as a makeup artist

    Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix $29
    Make Up For Ever Aqua Seal $21
    NARS Night Series Eyeshadow in Night Rider, $24
    Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Poetica, $36

  • Bargain Primer 5 of 12

    "Glitter is my thing! I love using glitter as a flashy eyeliner as well as applied all over the eyelid. I tell everyone to get a glitter primer which keeps the glitter on eyes, not everywhere else!"

    "While I source glitter from a variety of brands, I have to say e.l.f.'s Glitter Primer is $2 and a MUST have! I also love Makeup Geek's Utopia and Vegas Lights pigment which both have chunks of glitter."

    - Sheila, blogs at The Painted Ladies, and she is available as a makeup artist

    e.l.f. Essential Glitter Primer $2
    Makeup Geek Pigment in Utopia, $6.99
    Makeup Geek Pigment in Vegas Lights, $6.99

  • Inner Eye Highlight 6 of 12

    "Glitter can make a great statement, but needs to be used subtly. My favorite way to use it is near the inner corners of the eye, such as a beautiful silver glitter over a white eyeshadow. This is a great holiday look, and keeps it classic and simple"

    - Christina Farrell also blogs at The Makeup Blogger

    Make Up For Ever Glitters in Silver 2, $15

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    "I use glitter for special occasions such as a holiday look, on the eyes or the lips.

    "I use glitter on the eyes with a cream base so that it has something to adhere to. I love using LIT Cosmetics because they're easier to work with, and comes with a glitter base that actually works. I don't experience fall-out, which makes it great for use around the eyes. My favorite shade is Beach Baby."

    "I've used glitter on the lips to create a cool 3D-ish lip. I love using it with MAC Ruby Woo with a red glitter, Ben Nye Aqua Glitter, on top."

    - Kim Porter

    Lit Cosmetics Glitter Pigment in Beach Baby, $13
    Ben Nye Aqua Glitter in Red AG3, $8
    MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, $15

  • Fall Out Catcher 8 of 12

    "I love glitter on the eyelid! I like to place a tissue or an eyeshadow shield under the eye to catch any unwanted fall out. I love the eyeshadows Sidecar from the Naked 1 palette and YDK from the Naked 2 palette."

    - Kim Porter, you can also purchase her products at Kim Porter Cosmetics

    e.l.f. Studio Mascara & Shadow Shield $3
    Urban Decay Naked Palette $52
    Urban Decay Naked2 Palette $52

  • Seal It All 9 of 12

    "I always advise priming the area where you will be applying the glitter, so it has something to adhere to. I also recommend using a setting spray afterwards. I like Urban Decay's All Nighter. My favorite glitter is Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Illusoire."

    - Misha Shahzada

    Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray $29
    Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Illusoire, $36

  • Eye Lash Adhesive Trick 10 of 12

    "Take clear Duo Adhesive and mix with water and your glitter, I love Senna's Glitz. You can apply this with an inexpensive art brush, anywhere! The adhesive is flexible and powerful enough for any part of the body. It won't sweat off either. To remove just roll it off with your fingers. For stubborn areas use an oily makeup remover."

    - Veronica Lorenz is the creator of the Beauty Blender

    Senna Cosmetics Glitz in Silver, $25
    Duo Eyelash Adhesive in Clear, $6.49

  • Best Shade Selection 11 of 12

    "When using glitter I find it is best to use it in moderation, isolating it to one area of your look. My favorite ways to use glitter are in the inner corner of the eye, a sheer layer patted on the mobile lid, or built up to full opaque intensity on the lid with a glitter binding base."

    "My favorite glitter products are the Lit Cosmetics glitters. They come in a variety of cuts from super fine to chunky large. The shade offering is staggering with every color and finish imaginable. They offer a Clearly Liquid Glitter Base that makes application mess free, and offers comfortable long lasting wear."

    - Christa, Perilously Pale

    Lit Cosmetics Clearly Liquid Glitter Base $23
    Lit Glitter Pigment in Love Me Tender, $13

  • Easy to Use Primers 12 of 12

    "As someone with lots of loose eyeshadows, I'm often asked for the best ways to apply loose eyeshadow. Since I have oily eyelids, in addition to a good eyeshadow primer, I prefer to reach for a sticky product that will make the most of my complex eyeshadows. I want to show off the duochromes, glitters, and holographic shades."

    "Sometimes, I want to make sure that my eyeshadow is as vivid as possible. That's where foiling comes in. I prefer to foil without using water. Instead I use shadow transformation products. There are four products that I currently recommend for foiling that I've tested out Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, Darling Girl Glitter Glue, Violet Voss Secret Weapon, and Too Faced Glitter Glue."

    - Phyrra

    Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy $7
    Darling Girl Glitter Glue $6.75
    Violet Voss Secret Weapon $14.99
    Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue $20


Read more from Christine on Babble and her blog, 15 Minute Beauty. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


Article Posted 4 years Ago

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