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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 gold or silver glitter all over your lids, try something a little more outside of the box. We’ve rounded up seven 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:
You’ll want this look to last! Apply a thin layer of eye primer to ensure it does.
Apply a light shadow, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Paris Beach, all over your lids and beneath your brows.
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 upward 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 swab and a little micellar water!
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. After applying, keep your eyes closed for a minute or two to give your glitter shadow time to dry down—you don’t want to end up with a smeared cut crease!
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.
With your 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.
Don’t forget to add a wing!
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.
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.
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.
Before the brow gel dries, apply glitter over top. Take a brush dipped in cosmetic grade glitter and press it onto 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!
You know the drill!
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.
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.
With the L’Oréal Paris Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner, add a thin line along your upper lash line.
For mascara, sweep on a coat of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara.
In our opinion, you can never go wrong with a two-toned eyeshadow look, and this holds true when it comes to glitter eye makeup, too. This look also works with any color palette you want to rock—pink, brown, purple, blue, literally whatever your heart desires! We’d advise you to stick to one color family here though, rather than trying to mix two totally different colors.
With just about every glitter eye makeup look, you’ll want to use an eyeshadow primer to make sure your makeup look lasts for as long as possible.
Start off by applying the lighter of your two eyeshadow shades onto your entire top lid.
Next, use the same brush or a smaller eyeshadow brush to apply the darker of your two chosen eyeshadow shades on the outer corner of your upper eyelid. Using the darker shade on the outer corner will help open up the appearance of your eyes.
Now for the fun part! Add a light layer of glitter onto your entire eyelid. Remember, you should still be able to see your two-toned eye shadow underneath!
Editor’s note: Is your glitter too opaque to make this work? In that case, get a two-toned effect by using two different glitters.
Use the L'Oréal Paris Unlimited Lash Lifting and Lengthening Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black to give your lashes a few coats, then you’re all set!
Rose gold is a trendy color for a reason—it’s gorgeous! Adding a bit of glitter to your rose gold eye makeup look is a great way to try out the beauty trend for yourself.
Rose gold is a subtle shade, so you won’t want to wear an eyeshadow that will drown out your entire look. Dust on a bit of the L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24HR Eye Shadow in Endless Pearl, then move on to the next step.
Time to add in your rose gold element. Use the L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Liquid Eyeliner in Rose Gold to line both your top and bottom lash line. It’s a soft shade, so you may need to do two coats.
Next, apply a rose gold colored glitter all over your eyelid, extending up toward your brow bone for a dramatic look.
Add a few coats of black or brown mascara and you’re finished.
There’s no need to place a solid wash of glitter on your lids. For an ultra-chic way to sparkle, try placing just a little bit of glitter on your lids and letting your skin peek through.
To start things off, apply a tacky base that your glitter will stick to. If you have visible veins, you may want to use a base with a nude hue to conceal your lids.
Pick up a small amount of a loose glitter pigment on the pad of your finger and gently press it onto your eyelid. Don’t worry about covering your entire lid, a few speckles are plenty for getting your (glitzy) point across.
Editor’s note: Experiencing fallout? A piece of regular ‘ol adhesive tape is perfect for picking up stray specks of glitter that end up under your eyes.
You should have this step down pat—swipe on a coat of mascara and this eye makeup look is complete!
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