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5 Realistic Ways to Add Glitter to Your Holiday Makeup Look

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5 Realistic Ways to Add Glitter to Your Holiday Makeup Look 5 Realistic Ways to Add Glitter to Your Holiday Makeup Look 5 Realistic Ways to Add Glitter to Your Holiday Makeup Look

Getting glitzy may be a hallmark of the holidays, but beyond donning a dress speckled with sequins, adding glitter to your beauty look doesn’t always feel very doable. Let’s be real, unless you’re a pop star, coating yourself in sparkles isn’t exactly realistic for most people, most of the time—even during the most wonderful time of the year. Thankfully, just because you work a 9 to 5 or simply prefer a subtler style doesn’t mean you have to forgo updating your makeup with glitter. With a few tips, there’s more than one way to attempt this beauty trend and add glitter to your makeup look, whether it’s through your lip color, eye makeup, or face makeup.

Glitter Makeup Tip #1: Line Your Eyes

Chances are you’ve considered dousing your eyelids in glitter, but that isn’t the only option for adding sparkle and shimmer to your eye makeup look. Your eyeliner can get in on the action, too! Instead of creating a cat eye with your regular old liquid eyeliner, reach for a glitter eyeliner to do the honors. After smoothing on an eye primer to help ensure your look stays put, swipe on the glitter eyeliner just as you would any other kind.

Glitter Makeup Tip #2: Keep Things Centered

If you just can’t stand to part with your black eyeliner (check out the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Black for a recommendation), you can still incorporate glitter into your eye makeup routine. Start by applying eyeshadow, using the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Boudoir Charme. Then, place a small amount of a glitter primer on the center of each eyelid, overtop of the eyeshadow. Before it dries, top it with a loose gold glitter and there you go—just enough glitz to spice up your style. 

Glitter Makeup Tip #3: Play Up Your Pout

Covering your lips completely with glitter may not work, but there’s no reason you can’t add just a touch. A few well-placed sparkles and your lip color won’t only be eye catching, but the shine can actually make your lips look bigger. Totally tempting, right? For your lipstick, apply the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Enamel Red, then add a bit of lip gloss to the center of your lips—that’s what the glitter will stick to. Using a coordinating shade of glitter, press it into the lip gloss with a makeup brush. Then you’re free to pucker up!

Glitter Makeup Tip #4: Top Your Cheeks

Highlighters may not be quite as bold as all out glitter, but they’re still packed with sparkle and shine. That’s why, when you’re searching for a way to add glitter to your holiday makeup look, applying it in place of highlighter should be a no brainer. While hitting all the highpoints of your face with a glitter dipped fan brush might be too much for most, sweeping a little glitter just above your blush should work for everyone. And just in case you’re really hoping to stand out from the crowd, you can layer glitter over the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops.

Glitter Makeup Tip #5: Don’t Forget Your Body

Body glitter may sound super ‘90s, but let us remind you that the ‘90s are back. ‘90s inspired makeup trends are popping up left and right, and body glitter is no exception. When an occasion comes around that suits a plunging neckline or a bare back, you all but need a dose of glitter to finish off the look. Mix a pinch into your body lotion and smooth it onto any exposed skin. Easy and effective!

Editor’s tip: Not all glitters are created equal! While it may be tempting to reach for whatever you have left over from your last arts and crafts project, make sure to stick to using glitters that are specifically meant for cosmetic application.

You know what goes great with glitter? A glow! Check out our 5 Makeup Tips to Help Create the Appearance of Glowing Skin.