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Incorporating glitter into your eye makeup routine can be intimidating. After all, you’ll be calling a lot of attention to your eyes if you forgo regular shadows in favor of lots of shimmer. The trick to getting glittery makeup right is to avoid the obvious. Rather than splashing a gold or silver glitter across your lids, try something a little more outside of the box. We’ve rounded up four of the best ways to rock glitter, covering everything from eye shadow and eyeliner to eyebrow makeup. Pick your favorite, then get ready to glitz up your look (and your life).
Take a look at your favorite social media stars. Now zoom a little closer, staring at their shadows. Chances are you’ll quickly notice a pattern—everyone’s rocking a cut crease. As far as we can tell, a cut crease is the makeup look of the moment. And if you’re looking to top the trendiness of a cut crease, the only way is to add glitter into the mix. Instead of coating your lids entirely in glitter, add just a little to the crease.
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Prime your eyes. You’ll want this look to last! Apply a thin layer of eye primer to ensure it does.
Step 2: Lay a base. Apply a light shadow, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Paris Beach, all over your lids and beneath your brows.
Step 3: Add a crease color. Blend a bronze eye shadow, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Metallics Eye Shadow in Brass Knuckles, into the crease of your eye. Focus on blending upwards, and try to avoid the bronze eye shadow ending up on your eyelids. If you happen to mess up, you can always clean up with a cotton swap dipped in micellar water!
Step 4: Define with glitter. Dip a small brush (one meant for liquid eyeliner should work) into a bronze glitter eye shadow with a liquid or cream formula. Use the brush to draw a glittery line directly in the crease of your eye, separating the two shadows you used.
Step 5: Apply falsies. Finish this look with a pair of false lashes. (Check out our 7 Hacks to Make Applying False Lashes Easier.)
Once you’ve mastered finishing your eyeliner with a flick, you need to put that skill to use. That means you’re likely to sport the same winged eyeliner almost every day. If that’s the case—and you’re starting to get just a little bit bored of your regular old winged eyeliner, it’s a sign you should add glitter. Instead of using glitter-packed shadows to spice up your eye makeup, try lining your eyes (and creating a cat eye) with a glitter eyeliner.
Step 1: Line your eyes. With a glitter eyeliner, create a line directly above your upper lashes, as close to them as you can get. Then, thicken the line until you’ve reached your desired look.
Step 2: Flick your eyeliner. Don’t forget to add a wing!
Step 4: Tightline. Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Black to tightline your eyes, filling in the space just below your upper lashes. This simple step can make all the difference in how full your lashes look.
Step 5: Coat lashes. Add a coat (or two) of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Fiber X Mascara to give your lashes extreme volume and length.
There’s no question about it: Bold brows are in. That’s the reason the shelves of every makeup store are stocked with eyebrow pencils, pomades, and powders. And most days of the week, those are probably the eyebrow makeup products you’ll find yourself reaching for. But if there’s an occasion you really want to stand out, say for a festival or party, that’s when you’ll want to consider making your brows even bolder—with glitter.
Step 1: Use clear brow mascara. Brush a clear brow mascara, like the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Boost & Set Brow Mascara in Clear, through your brows. Then hurry to the next step.
Step 2: Paint on glitter. Before the brow gel dries, apply glitter over top. Take a brush dipped in cosmetic grade glitter and press it into your brows.
When it comes to glitter, you aren’t stuck with only the classic colors. While we love a metallic glitter, it never hurts to branch out a little. If you’re looking for a way to combine two of your favorite trends—say, glitter and holographic finishes—that shouldn’t be a problem. Try wearing a halo eye, with holographic glitter right in the center. Talk about eye catching!
Step 1: Prime your eyes. You know the drill!
Step 2: Apply dark eye shadow to inner and outer corners. Apply the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow, in a darker shade of your choosing, to the inner and outer corners of your eyes.
Step 3: Place holographic glitter on the center of lids. To create the "halo" effect, place holographic glitter in the middle of your eyelids. If your primer isn’t enough to make it stick, try using a primer specifically meant for glitter.
Step 4: Line your eyes. With the L’Oréal Paris Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner, add a thin line along your upper lash line.
Step 5: Coat lashes. For mascara, sweep on a coat of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara.
Up next: How to Apply Glitter Tears for Your Next Festival