How to Pull Off Gaga-Worthy Glitter Eye Makeup Without Making a Mess
With the '80s revival in full swing, it only seems fitting that sparkly shadows make their way back into our beauty routines. To learn how to embrace this not-so-subtle eye makeup trend without looking like an art project gone awry, we reached out to a bevy of makeup artists for their tips on how to apply glitter eye shadow.
Sure, glitter shadow might be synonymous with our preteen days, but the shimmery eye makeup trend of the present is entirely different than the globbed-on glitter looks of our past. Think fresh and minimal with just a hint of sparkle à la Delpozo F/W 17. So just how do we create this chic glitter eye look that has been taking the beauty scene by storm? By keeping it "controlled and clean with no fallout," says Honey Artists makeup artist Robert Greene. For step-by-step instructions from the pros on how to apply glitter eye shadow, keep on reading.
1. Clean Lids
2. Apply Eye Mask
G.M. Collin Instant Radiance Anti-Aging Eye Patch ($50)
When it comes to glitter eye makeup, the biggest faux pas is fallout. To prevent glitter from falling to the under-eye area, Ma suggests using these patches, as she says "they help to catch any makeup droplets while also leaving your under-eye skin smooth and youthful looking." Multitasking at its finest!
3. Prep Lids
Nyx Cosmetics Glitter Primer ($6)
Before applying your glitter shadow, senior makeup artist at Antonio Prieto Salon, Kristine Cruz, says to apply the Nyx primer above "to minimize glitter fallout." Greene adds that cream shadow and/or lip balm work just as well as primer "depending on the look you're going for."
4. Pat On Glitter
MAC 242 Shader Brush ($25)
Greene recommends patting glitter shadows into place with this flat synthetic brush from MAC or using your fingertip. How do you decide whether to use a brush or your fingers? Ma says your "fingertip is great when applying [glitter] to larger surfaces like the entire eyelid" and that brushes are better for "precision in areas like the inner corner of the eyes or along the lash line."
5. Let Glitter Set
MAC Pigment ($22)
Greene notes that the "most important part of glitter eye shadow application is to keep it controlled and clean with no fallout." In order to keep your eye makeup mess-free, Greene suggests you "look down or keep your eyes closed so the glitter can set and dry into place without creasing" when applying shadow.
6. Brush Lashes
7. Clean Fallout
8. Use Setting Spray
Both Ma and Greene love this extremely pigmented shadow that, according to Greene, has an insane amount of sparkle. So just why is this glittery shadow better than others? Because it is "easy to use, not messy at all, and comes in many shades complementing different skin tones and eye colors," says Ma.
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Rock Chick ($53)
Ma recommends using this palette for a "sassy smoky eye look." After you have created your charcoal-lined eye, Ma recommends dabbing on the silver glitter "all over the eyelids or around the inner eye corners" with your fingertip.
Want more glittery makeup inspiration? Check out this story on how to pull off glitter eye makeup like a French girl.