Music festival season is upon us, and that means it’s time not only to live it up while listening to your favorite tunes, but also to rock fun makeup you wouldn’t get to otherwise. The same way fashion week is a chance to flaunt your style—no matter how out of the box it is—festival season is the perfect time to showcase unconventional makeup looks that truly stand out in a crowd. In fact, the bolder you are, the better. One of our favorite festival makeup trends for this season? Glitter tears. This sparkly, shimmery take on eye makeup is anything but subtle. Want to rock if as part of your next festival makeup look? Follow along with our tutorial below to learn how!
HOW TO GET THE GLITTER TEARS LOOK
Could you just cry because you’re so excited to see your favorite musicians take the stage? Hold your tears and blend these on instead for an eye-catching look that’s equal parts glitter and grunge.
What you’ll need:
Loose glitter in the color of your choice
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Complete your face makeup
Glitter tears extend down your face, so it’s important that you complete your entire complexion before moving on to your eyes. Since festivals are outdoors, you may want to consider using lightweight, long-lasting products to help reduce your chances of ending up with super-shiny, smeared makeup by midday. First, apply your primer, then blend and buff your foundation on using a makeup blender. Finish things off with a quick dusting of mattifying powder to help make your look last.
Step 2: Create a halo eye
For this look, you’ll want to use a few eye shadow colors to create an oh-so-pretty gradient effect. Since festival season is all about bright colors, we especially love how this looks with purple hues. Using the lavender color from your purple palette, shade along your crease. Next, layer more dimension into your crease with the medium pinky-purple shadow. For the lid, use the lightest purple shade all over. Next, darken the inner and outer corners of your crease using the deep eggplant color.
Editor’s note: When applying these shadows, you want to make sure to pat and not swipe them on. If you do swipe them onto your lids, the colors may end up being combined into one muddled shade.
Step 3: Trace the base of your tears
Before you load your face up with glitter, it’s a good idea to create a base as a guideline. Use the palette’s medium purple shade again and lightly trace under your bottom lid, extending in streaks down your cheek where you want your tears to be. When doing this, make sure your eyes don’t look identical because you want it to look natural—well, as natural as a super-vibrant makeup look can be.
Step 4: Add glitter
Use a thin eyeliner brush dipped in a glitter base to dab loose glitter all along where you just mapped out your tears with shadow. For added allure, you can use a few different glitters in different sizes so that your tears are multi-dimensional. Just remember to keep the majority of your glitter close to your eyes since that’s where tears naturally well up when you cry. Your glitter tears should become less concentrated as they “roll” down your cheeks.
Step 5: Finish with mascara
To complete your teary look and get a festival-ready gaze, add a coat of waterproof mascara that won’t budge.
Step 6: Set your entire look
Now that you’ve spent so much time perfecting your gorgeous glitter tears, you’ll certainly want to make sure they’re capable of staying put through a full day at a festival. To do so, spritz your face with setting spray before you head out to the festival grounds!
Next up: Interested in more glitzy, glitter-centric makeup ideas? We’ve got plenty where this came from! Head over to our article, 7 Best Glitter Eye Makeup Ideas.
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