From subtle shimmer to brilliant and sparkly, glitter has stood the test of time when it comes to creating chic, exquisite makeup looks. While glitter might not be something you utilize every day when applying your eye makeup, it's a great idea to have some on hand in case you feel like getting creative—or want to try something new just for the fun of it. While glitter comes in all colors, shapes, sizes and finishes, the most important thing to remember is to not let glitter intimidate you—there are plenty of ways to easily wear it that don't require a full-blown course in makeup school. Ahead, we've rounded up quite an extensive list of glittery eye makeup looks, from subtle to spectacular, that you'll most certainly enjoy and be motivated to try.
Excuse us while we pick our jaws up off the floor, this silver glitter eyeshadow is everything we need and more to get inspired for a sparkly look. Keeping the glitter on the lid with the liner traced around it as an accent is a genius idea for abstract expression in the name of everything that shimmers. MAC Silver Hologram Glitter ($22) is a great product to use to re-create this look.
Beautiful golden shimmery shadow with metallic stars add a playful dimension to this glittery shadow look, and the use of decals is perfectly executed. Placing the stars on the outer corners of the eyes allows for a balance between all textures, not to mention the touch of gold glitter in the brow sets this look apart.
Bold and Beautiful
Deep purple lids with violet sparkle pair beautifully with red, sparkly lips, proving that glitter doesn't have to stay on the eyelids to make a statement. Finding the same colors in glitter to pair with the eyeshadows you already own is an easy way to experiment with this trend. Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Loose Glitter in shade In the Moment ($15) is a lovely purple to try for this look.
Emerald lids with the accent of black eyeliner create a chic 60s vibe. When wearing glitter, it's okay to incorporate other textures like liquid eyeliner to help create vivid shapes and definition. Apply glitter to the eyelids and add the liner in last to tie the look together. Lemonhead L.A. Seapunk Spacejam Glitter Balm ($28) is the product responsible for this aqua-marine dream of a look.
Gold and Gorgeous
More gold, please. The gemstones paired with gold and glittery shadow create an elevated eye makeup look that will certainly turn heads. The accent of the liner and how it outlines the shape of the wing is truly mesmerizing. Applying glitter pigments like MAKE UP FOR EVER Star Lit Diamond Powder in Golden ($26) can help you achieve the gold shimmering tones.
Just the Line
Glitter doesn't have to be everywhere, you can simply line your eyes with it yet still benefit from all it has to offer. You can opt for an eyeliner that already has glitter in it if you're pressed for time, or place actual glitter on top of liner depending on the look you want. Slayfire Psychedelic Glitter Gel ($15) can help get your eyeliner sparkly, stat,
Glitter comes in all forms and this shimmering metallic shadow look is an example of glitter that has finer particles versus larger ones. The two different tones of blue and purple blended together create a lovely variation for an eyeshadow look that keeps us wanting to come back for more.
These shadow colors paired with glitter gems are putting out some serious mermaid vibes and we adore it. Creating glittery eyeshadow looks that have a theme to them is even more fun when you can choose bold colors. More Than Magic Face & Body Gem Set ($5) has easy-to-use stick-on gemstone decals for helping to re-create this look.
Smudged, charcoal shadow with accents of silver and black glitter gives this eyeshadow look all the smoky drama it needs while pairing beautifully with natural face makeup. The smokier the better in our book! Stila's Glitter and Glow Liquid eyeshadow in Molten Midnight ($24) can help achieve this look.