BEAUTY PREP SCHOOL: 3 GROWN-UP WAYS TO WEAR GLITTER MAKEUP
We’d be lying if we said the word glitter didn’t make even the most skilled makeup mavens among us feel a little nervous. But with so much of it seen on the fall catwalks—from Burberry in London to Versace in Milan to Tommy Hilfiger in New York—in the coolest and most grown up of iterations, it’s clear that shimmering, shining textures can be part of a killer adult makeup look.
Glitter, while fun and fabulous, isn’t a quick makeup look. Put away any dreams of doing a super-speedy, desk-to-dance floor application aside and embrace it for what it is: a gorgeous opportunity to make a mesmerizing, high-wattage mark. And with holiday party season in full steam, has there ever been a better time to shine?
To get you started, we've rounded up three of our favourite flashy runway looks to help you add some glimmer—major or minor—to your holiday makeup routine. Now: ready, set, sparkle!
Level 1: Tommy Hilfiger’s Golden Eye
It's not only make-up maximalists that can tap into the glitter trend this season. Take inspiration from Tommy Hilfger’s subtle smoke-lined eyes, sparked off by a flash of gold glitter on the lids, and you’ve got yourself a statement party eye that doesn’t require much else. The best part is you can be as bold as you like. For a pared-down version, simply take a sparkly liner and draw it along your top lashline. Try Revlon Photoready Eye Art in Desert Dazzle.
Level 2: Burberry’s Holographic Cheeks
We’ve all been told that highlighting the top of your cheeks can help sculpt your features and add a youthful glow. So why not amplify that effect with some sparkle? At Burberry’s fall ’16 show, models were adorned with a haphazard dusting of large flecks of holographic glitter along their outer-eye corners and cheekbones. The look lent a glam rock sensibility that feels just as grown up in real life. And the best part? It’s ideal for messy people; the more fallout the better.
Level 3: Atelier Versace’s Lit Lips
Here’s a way to stand out in a sea of scarlet lips. Like ruby slippers for your mouth, Atelier Versace’s shimmering crimson pouts were the talk of the couture collections. It’s the perfect way to stand out in a season of scarlet lips with an added bonus that the light-reflecting texture will make them appear fuller. The key is to use a fine (not chunky) glitter formula and press (not swipe) the glitter into a semi-matte lipstick. That way, it will look more intentional and precise instead of slapped on. Just make sure to keep the glitter for touch-ups and some sticky tape (to remove strays) in your clutch or coat when you're out and about. And just like that, a classic makeup staple is transformed into something downright show-stopping. Try Nyx Face and Body Glitter in Red over Cosmic Metals lip cream.