How To Wear Glitter Like An Adult

How To Wear Glitter Like An Adult

When you think of glitter, do images of childhood princesses and Halloween costumes come to mind? Yeah, for us too. But, this season, glitter is taking center stage — on our faces — and it’s totally not in a juvenile, Halloween-costume sort of way. In fact, this grown-up glitter trend is something of a pro makeup artist phenom — which has gotten a ton of celebrity attention since the launch of Pat McGrath’s glitter lipstick kits (as seen on Naomi Campbell and Gigi Hadid, above slideshow).

Glitter in the right places can actually look super chic, and can be worn on the daily (although, we do suggest steering clear of daytime glitter). It’s all about how you wear it… and where you wear it.

To make eyes pop for a glamorous evening out, add a glitter eyeliner to the upper or lower lash line. Opt for a liquid glitter liner – it’ll be easier to apply and less messy. To keep things sophisticated, choose upper or lower, don’t do both.

Or, use a super dusty powder shadow that has remnants of glitter shards in the formula, and sweep over the eyelid. Use a neutral glittery shade like silver or gold. Apply a dab to the inner corner of eyelids to give the appearance of wider, brighter eyes.
Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner ($20), Nyx Cosmetics Studio Liquid Liner ($4), Make Up For Ever Glitters in Silver, Sand, or Gold ($15), H&M Loose Glitter in Shooting Star or Mirror Ball ($7).

Glitter lips are definitely a bit more character-ish, but a light dusting of red glitter over a red lip does add dimension. We absolutely love this look on Bella Hadid and Naomi Campbell (who is wearing Pat McGrath Labs Lust Lipstick Kit). But, again, keep it simple. Don’t do a purple lip with purple glitter — unless you’re going for a Little Mermaid vibe.
Pat McGrath Labs Lust 004 Lipstick Kit ($60), Buxom Shimmer Shock Lipstick in Thunderbolt ($18), a glittery eggplant.

Okay, so hair glitter isn’t what you’re thinking – no colors, no outright chunks of metallic. This is more of a shimmer effect, used by professionals to amp up the glossiness of a slicked back hairstyle, a la Kim Kardashian. To do this without looking like you just dipped your head into a vat of art supplies, opt for a hair spray that contains tiny remnants of sparkle – almost unseen unless you’re up close to the hair. Then, apply onto roots, post-style, to exaggerate that gorgeous, shiny ‘do.
Joico Dust Shimmer Spray ($7).

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