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There are only so many days in a year that you can get away with wearing lots of gold glitter on your face. We wish that weren’t the case, but alas. Luckily, the holidays are upon us—and that means glitter can be, too. If you aren’t used to rocking glittery eye makeup looks, don’t worry, you don’t have to be a pro. You can get in on the fun—without any expertise—if you follow our easy makeup tutorial below. Gather your supplies, from eye shadow to glitter to mascara, then keep reading to find out how to get a gilded, glitter-packed holiday eye makeup look.
You may be used to applying your face makeup first, and following with eye makeup after, but not this time. You’ll want to kick things off with a completely clean canvas. The reason? Glittery eye makeup looks are oh-so-fun, but they’re also oh-so-prone to fall out. That means all your concealing efforts could be marred by fallen flecks of glitter. If you’d prefer not to have to hold a tissue beneath your eyes the entire time you’re working on your eye makeup, go ahead and wait to do your foundation and concealer. Problem solved! Simply cleanse with a facial cleanser, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types, and then you’re ready to get going.
Primer is important, but it can be even more so when you’re working with glitter. All those loose pieces need something to stick to! There are even primers specifically meant for helping glitter adhere to your eyelids—a total saving grace in glitter application. Spread a small amount of one over your skin, wherever you’ll be placing glitter.
Rather than apply glitter directly to totally bare (well, except for primer) skin, you’ll want to lay down a base of eye shadow underneath. Pick a shade that’ll coordinate with your gilded glitter, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Metallics Eye Shadow in Brass Knuckles. Sweep the eye shadow onto your lids, blending out at the crease for a diffused effect. To play up the metallic finish of your eye shadow even more, try using a damp eye shadow brush to apply.
Now that you’ve laid the foundation, so to speak, it’s time to break out your glitter. Using a brush or the pad of your finger, gently press the loose glitter into your lids. It’s up to you whether you’re satisfied with just a few flakes (unlikely) or want to go bolder and keep layering on the glitz (likely).
Your lids may have already achieved a high shine look, but that doesn’t mean you should skip highlighter. Around the holidays, you can never glow too bright. And if you can—challenge accepted. Grab the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops and place a little bit of product (a little goes a long way) around the inner corners of your eyes and below your brows, blending out with your finger.
For simple eye shadow fall out, a cotton pad soaked in micellar water should be able to handle your clean up needs. As for the glitter that’s ended up below your eyes—that can be a little trickier to remove. Thankfully, we’ve found a helpful hack, and it doesn’t even require purchasing any extra supplies. Locate your adhesive tape—we know you have it on hand for wrapping presents—and that’s it! Use a piece of tape (or a few) to get rid of any unwanted glitter, using the sticky side to pick up every last sparkly speck.
Believe it or not, every holiday eye makeup look doesn’t necessitate cat eye skills. In fact, when you’re wearing glitter, you may want to forgo more complicated eyeliner. Since glitter isn’t perfectly smooth, adding eyeliner overtop can pose a particular challenge. For a subtler—and foolproof—take on eyeliner, tightline. With the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner, line along your upper waterline, being careful not to tug on your eyelid. It won’t be obvious that you’re wearing eyeliner, but your lashes will look mysteriously fuller. Yes, please!
If there were ever a time to rock a dramatic lash look, it would have to be the holiday season. First, brush on a coat of mascara, like the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara. Then, reach for your falsies. Using lash glue and a pair of tweezers to help with placement, carefully apply the lashes.
Want more holiday makeup ideas? We’ve got you covered. Head over to our article, Brushed and Bold: The Brows That Will Steal the Show This Holiday Season.