We always get a hankering to add some sparkle to our makeup routine this time of year—the only trick is to do so without looking like it's 1998 and you're testing out Art Stuff's latest and greatest. But it's definitely possible—in fact, we've seen plenty of awesome glittery looks on the runway lately (including Chanel, just last week). Keep reading for our favorites, and get inspired to dazzle the cool-girl way.
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First things first: Remember that glitter doesn't have to be literal, and it also doesn't have to strictly adorn your eyes to be passable. As seen here, an allover sheen is plenty opulent without going overboard. Go heavy-handed with Stila's All Over Liquid Shimmer ($20) along your cheek and brow bones.
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It's all in the details: Subbing in foil bits adds some more texture in a way that isn't over-the-top (but is no less hypnotic). Find silver leaf sheets ($19), and stick the pieces on with Sally Girl's Glitter Glue ($1).
Why should your bare skin be the only canvas to consider? Consider layering glitter over any color eyeshadow—the possibilities are endless (though we're particularly smitten with this midnight-blue take).
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Hey, foxy lady: This mixed-medium look is quite the nod to the disco era. Smear Urban Decay's Heavy Metal Eyeliner ($22) in Glamrock along your lids before finishing off with a sprinkling of loose gold glitter in the inner corners.
This Chanel Haute Couture take on the cat eye is still one of our all-time faves—and it's somehow impossibly chic. After getting your black winged liner just right, trace your lower lash line with eyelash glue and carefully dust on some iridescent glitter.
Why stick with gold, silver, or bronze? Color is totally fine when you're taking this subtler approach.
For those who'd rather adopt the "go big or go home" mind-set, this glam-rock look from Creatures of the Wind is right up your alley: Channel Siouxsie Sioux with geometric gold glitter outline by some serious cat eye.
On the other end of the spectrum, this simple stripe of sparkle is beautifully minimalist.
Go abstract with little hints of sparkle thrown here and there.
Who doesn't want to look like they cry glitter? Choose a bronzey nude cream shimmer (Bobbi Brown's Longwear Cream Shadow, $26, in Sandy Gold is on point) and saturate the color beneath your lower lashes, blending and fading it with a brush as you reach your cheekbones.
Frosted tips have never looked so chic. Apply tiny bits of foil to individual false lashes with lash glue before strategically placing them along your natural fringe.
What's your favorite glittery look? Tell us in the comments below!