The #1 Makeup Trend at NYFW Was Made for KiraKira

Glitter is perhaps the most joyful substance on the planet. It's celebratory and marked in unapologetic self-expression. But these seemingly innocuous flecks of sparkle also have deep roots in protest in gay culture: When politics and conservative beliefs tried to suppress non-hetero individuals, glitter was (and is) a way to draw attention to themselves and celebrate their identity. Glitter hasn't come without rules and restriction, though. A quick Google search of "don't wear too much glitter" yields several links to stories outlining when it's appropriate to wear glitter, the quantity in which it should be worn, and the age you're allowed to wear it. Thankfully, though, recent history's surge of unicorn, mermaid, holographic, and metallic makeup allows us to collectively toss glitter boundaries to the side and express ourselves in all its lustrous wonder. Fashion designers and makeup artists certainly took note of this at NYFW fall 2018 in heaps, and we're here for all of it.

To create the glitter look at home, Streeters makeup artist Yuki Hayashi says it's important to skip moisturizer around your eye area so the glitter has a slip-free base the adhere to. "Although I don't personally use primer on the eyelids (I like a more natural messy eye look), for the parties that go all night long, I recommend using an eye primer that reduces excess oil which helps glitter eyeshadow stay on your eye. I use cream eyeshadow as a base for the glitter eyeshadow because it's easy to blend and to create the shape. However, make sure the color of the cream eyeshadow matches the color of the glitter eyeshadow you plan to use. If the colors don't match, it will be hard to blend them together at the end."

Next, Hayashi suggests using your finger or your eyeshadow brush to apply the glitter eyeshadow over the cream base. ("Apply the glitter gently and slowly.") Then, go about your eyeliner and mascara per usual.

Hayashi says to start with the eyes first before foundation so no fallout lands on the rest of your makeup, but if it does, embrace it. "People always try to make glitter stay in one place and it doesn't work, so it's better to make it a study in falling glitter," Tom Pecheux tells Vogue. If anyone points out your glitter residue, just tell them, "Issa vibe."

While glitzy lids of varying types were definitely the predominant makeup trend at NYFW, gold shimmer eye makeup was specifically the most replicated. Will we be seeing lots of gilded lids this spring? It's so universally flattering and stunningly photogenic, we can only hope so. 

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