5 Exciting New Ways We're Wearing Glitter

Updated 12/10/18

We’ve worn glitter eye shadow to death, rocked glitter roots and tried our hand at glitter lips, so what’s new for this party season? We’ll show you all the trending ways to wear glitter right now, inspired by backstage beauty and our favourite makeup artists. After all, a little sparkle never hurt anyone.

UNDER AND IN YOUR BROWS

how to wear glitter makeup: gigi hadid with glitter brows at giambattista valli
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At Giambattista Valli, makeup artist extraordinaire Val Garland created these bedazzled brows, as modelled by Gigi Hadid. It’s a modern, stylish take on the glitter trend and one we’ll be emulating ASAP. Apply using a glitter wand or one the Morphe, MAC or Too Faced options below. You can also use an angled brush, Nyx glitter glue or a loose glitter of your choice. A metallic hue is always a chic choice, or why not try a coloured sparkle? NB: Removing glitter glue is easy—just use an oil-based cleanser.

Morphe Glitter Fever Metallic Eye Shadow Collection
Morphe Glitter Fever Metallic Eye Shadow Collection $12
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Swipe under brows for a party look à la Gigi Hadid.

Topshop Glitter Eye Shadow in Rare
Topshop Glitter Eye Shadow in Rare $10
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This glitter is so sparkly. It’d work well applied under the brow with an angled brush.

Too Faced Twinkle Twinkle Liquid Glitter Eye Shadow in Sweet Spot
Too Faced Twinkle Twinkle Liquid Glitter Eye Shadow in Sweet Spot $18
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We can’t get enough of this shimmering gold. The perfect colour to accentuate our brows.

Unicorn Cosmetics Glitterskin in Shimmerin’
Unicorn Cosmetics Glitterskin in Shimmerin’ $9 $7
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A glitter pastel like this one from Unicorn Cosmetics is perfect for creating the under-brow glitter line with no mess.

Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eye Shadow in Smoke
Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eye Shadow in Smoke $26
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If you want a subtler take on the trend, shimmer with this brown smoky glitter from Hourglass.

When makeup artist Holly Aldous created this sparkly brow look, we were immediately sold on glitter brows. For our Christmas parties, we’ll be jazzing up our brows with the help of the below products.

Bbrowbar Limited Edition Brow Glitter in Gold
Bbrowbar Limited Edition Brow Glitter in Gold $17
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Why not add a dab of coordinating glitter in the inner corners of your eyes, too?

Stila 3D Dazzle Glitter and Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Set
Stila 3D Dazzle Glitter and Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Set $29
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Party season or not, these are a permanent fixture in our makeup bag. Simply swipe the wand over your brows for an on-trend take on glitter.

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Punk Rock $16 $14
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Let your brows shine bright like a diamond. Add a killer red lip too, if you dare.

Cover FX Shimmer Veil
Cover FX Shimmer Veil $22
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We’re matching this silver shade to our accessories.

GLITTER STROBING

Strobing (aka applying highlighter from the tops of your cheeks and temple to sculpt the face) has been taken to a new level. But in 2019, we’ll be glitter strobing. Simply extend the glitter on your lids out onto the tops of your cheekbones and up into the temples.

Topshop After Hours Chameleon Eye Shadow in Reverse
Topshop After Hours Chameleon Eye Shadow in Reverse $12 $10
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The great news is that you don’t need a steady hand to make your glitter eye shadow into a strobing look, as it looks cool slightly abstract.

3INA Glide n Shine Golden Hit
3INA Glide n Shine Golden Hit $13
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Powder-to-gel shadow that gives you gleaming lids with disco-proof durability. Plus, it’s vegan.

Diego Dalla Palma Make a Party Eye Shadow Palette
Diego Dalla Palma Make a Party Eye Shadow Palette $34
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This palette has such great glitter pigments and is perfect for blending into the cheekbones and accentuating all the highest points of your face.

GLITTER FRECKLES

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As if freckles weren’t cute enough, they just got a festive update. If Katie Jane Hughes (aka our fave MUA to Insta stalk) is wearing them, you should be too. No longer just for festivals, embrace a quirky take on face glitter this festive season.

Nyx Glitter Primer
Nyx Glitter Primer $8
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Glitter glue is a must for minimising fallout. This Nyx primer will make sure your freckles shine.

OPV Beauty Pressed Glitter
OPV Beauty Pressed Glitter $8 $6
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We’re using this to re-create Katie Jane Hughes’s glitter freckles. We think this sparkling brown shade is easier to pull off, but if you’re feeling bold, opt for the gold version like Katie’s.

Glittery Hair

how to wear glitter makeup: glitter hair backstage at giambattista valli
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We’re obsessed with the eye-catching ’do created at Giambattista Valli by innovative stylist Paul Hanlon. The look was inspired by the traditional Indian Holi festival (where bright coloured powders are thrown in celebration.) Each model rocked an individual hairstyle, with glitters of varying colours.

To create the look, Hanlon sprayed the hair from mid length down with a pastel coloured spray, then brushed a loose glitter pigment on top. Adding the glitter from mid-lengths to ends gives the look a more relaxed, less costume-y feel. The hair had a beautiful beachy texture that gave the luxe look a cool-girl edge. We love how easily you can re-create this runway look. We for one can’t wait to try our very own party-ready ’do, hair shimming as we go.

Umberto Giannini Boho Beach Jelly Coconut Oil Scrunching Jelly
Umberto Giannini Boho Beach Jelly Coconut Oil Scrunching Jelly $7
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To re-create the glittery haired look, mix a small amount of our favourite textursing jelly with your choice of loose glitter, pulling through the hair from mid-length downwards.

EcoStardust Flamingo Biodegradable Glitter
EcoStardust Flamingo Biodegradable Glitter $6
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For OTT party-season hair, we’re doing our own Valli impression with this pink glitter.

MAC Galactic Glitter
MAC Galactic Glitter $17
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Or perhaps shimmering silver is your thing?

EcoStardust Rainbow Dreams Biodegradable Glitter
EcoStardust Rainbow Dreams Biodegradable Glitter $6
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We love the fact all EcoStardust glitters are biodegradable. 

Hair by Sam McKnight Cool Girl Texturising Spray
Hair by Sam McKnight Cool Girl Texturising Spray $25
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Set your glittering tresses with Sam McKnight’s Texturising spray and shine on, baby.

Umberto Giannini Fairy Shimmer
Umberto Giannini Fairy Shimmer $9
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If DIY glitter isn’t your thing, try Umberto Giannini’s shimmering sprays instead.

BODY SHIMMER

Body glitters had a real moment in the ’90s, and then became a bit, well, naff. But lately, we’ve noticed makeup artists extending illuminating drops and glitter across the collarbones and décolletage. It looks seriously glam and will ensure you’re shining under those party lights.

Fenty Beauty Mini Fairy Bomb Glittering Pom Pom
Fenty Beauty Mini Fairy Bomb Glittering Pom Pom $18
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To sparkle like Rihanna, look no further than the superstar’s own beauty line.

The Body Shop Shimmering Dry Oil Honey
The Body Shop Shimmering Dry Oil Honey $18
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Our go-to for a bronzed shimmer that gives us a hint of a tan.

BOD Mermaid Body Biodegradable Glitter Gel in Silver
BOD Mermaid Body Biodegradable Glitter Gel in Silver $5 $4
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The perfect accompaniment to your party dress. 

The Body Shop Pink Sparkler
The Body Shop Pink Sparkler $14
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All that glitters is party-ready…

3INA Dance Potion
3INA Dance Potion $15
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This has fast become a staple of our party makeup bag.

SPARKLING MASCARA

At Gucci’s spring/summer 2018 show, glitter was used in several looks, but our fave was the sparkling lashes.

Christian Louboutin Goldomania Les Yeux Noirs Mascara
Christian Louboutin Goldomania Les Yeux Noirs Mascara $65
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Forgo glitter eye shadow for glittering mascara instead. Party eyes = ready.

3INA Lash Flash
3INA Lash Flash $13
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Instead of glitter eyeliner, add some sparkling copper on top of your favorite mascara.

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