5 Exciting New Ways We're Wearing Glitter

Updated 04/29/19

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 favorite 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 the 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 colored sparkle? And, removing glitter glue is easy—just use an oil-based cleanser.

Topshop Glitter Eye Shadow in Rare
Topshop Glitter Eye Shadow in Rare $8
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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 $22
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We can’t get enough of this shimmering gold. The perfect color to accentuate our brows.

Unicorn Cosmetics Glitterskin in Shimmerin’
Unicorn Cosmetics Glitterskin $6
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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 $29
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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 $20
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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 Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow $24
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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 $21
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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.

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 $7
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Glitter glue is a must for minimizing fallout. This Nyx primer will make sure your freckles shine.

OPV Beauty Pressed Glitter
OPV Beauty Pressed Glitter $9
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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 colors.

To create the look, Hanlon sprayed the hair from mid length down with a pastel colored 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.

To re-create the glittery haired look, mix a small amount of our favorite texturizing product with your choice of loose glitter, pulling through the hair from mid-length downwards.

MAC Galactic Glitter
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Hair by Sam McKnight Cool Girl Texturising Spray
Hair by Sam McKnight Cool Girl Texturizing Spray $16
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Set your glittering tresses with Sam McKnight’s Texturizing spray and shine on, baby.

Body Shimmer

Body shimmers had a real moment in the ’90s. 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 $42
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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 $22
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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 $7
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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…

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