When it comes to party makeup, it’s fair to say that a good glitter eyeliner is the pièce de résistance. Just a few quick swipes can transform any ordinary look into a megawatt masterpiece in an instant.
The only issue with glitter makeup, however, is that there’s a fine line to tread between standout chic and teen-years revisited. While a slick of blinged-up liner is undoubtedly a huge look to covet right now, there’s always a risk it can look a little tween. So how do you make sure you’re landing on the right side of things? It’s all about the actual glitter you choose.
Grown-up glitter doesn’t need to mean an expensive price tag, but to keep your makeup feeling fresh and modern, it is a good idea to look for fine glitters and shimmers rather than chunky alternatives. If you’re going for a bold color, hunt out high-pigment options so that you’re not left with a washed-out finish.
To make things easy, we’ve done the legwork and brought you our pick of the best glitter eyeliners out there—from liquids to gels to crayons. Keep scrolling to get your glitter fix.
You can’t go wrong with a swipe of gold glitter. The shade suits everyone and is an easy way to get maximum impact with little effort. We love this liquid liner from e.l.f Cosmetics, especially since it’s only $4.
If you can’t be separated from your signature black flicks, amp things up with J.Cat’s shimmering Rock 'n' Glitz Liquid Eyeliner, which is packed with light-reflecting sparkle and fast-drying pigment.
Indulge your rose-gold cravings with this long-wear shade from Too Faced. The clever formula won’t budge all night and simply peels off when you’re done. Genius.
Add some glitter to the burgundy eyeshadow trend with the Punk Rock shade in Urban Decay’s Heavy Metals collection. A megawatt glitter hit and the shade du jour. What’s not to the love?
A great alternative to jet black, this midnight gray glitter liner from YSL packs a serious statement that will look great on everyone.
This Marc Jacobs gel eyeliner comes in seven glittering shades, but the silvery-white Iced shade is our top pick for a “suits everyone” look that’s ready to party.
Love a pretty pastel? Try Kiko Milano’s iridescent, cool-tinted liquid liner that's packed with a silver-based sparkle.
Okay, so you’re not into full-on sparkle, but how about a little golden shimmer? This Laura Mercier eyeshadow stick straddles that sacred space between glitter and metallics for the perfect intro to high-impact shine. And since it features a small tip, it can easily be used to create a chunky liner look.
Ready to look like absolute money? This cash-colored metallic green eyeliner will make you re-think why you ever devoted yourself to plain black liner.
Wish you could transform your favorite matte liner into a sparkly stunner? With this translucent, iridescent shimmer eyeliner topper, you can. Simply apply your favorite regular liner and layer it with this unicorn-inspired shade. Magic!
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