How to Wear Glitter Eye Shadow

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I recently attended Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and I was so inspired by the runway makeup I decided to do this tutorial. One of my particular favourite looks was created using the Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow.

I remember wearing glitter makeup in my teens. The older I get, the scarier glitter eye makeup becomes. A trend I have noticed from major cosmetic brands this season is the roll out of shimmery/glittery makeup products. Despite my reservations, I took up the challenge of creating a grown-up glittery eye makeup look.

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My golden rules on glitter eye makeup:

1. Less is more. For a modern and sexy take, use the less is more approach. To ensure you don’t go overboard, build up the sparkle slowing. Sticky tape is definitely a handy tool to have, it will take care of any fall outs.
2. Go for neutrals. To create balance, neutral shades are the perfect counterpart to glitter. It compliments it without being over powering. Pair glitter shadow with matte shadow to give your look dimension and definition.
3. Choose your glitter. If you are starting out with glitter eye makeup, ultra fine glitter is a good way to incorporate sparkle. Products with more subtle glitter offer more glitz and glamour without looking flashy.

Steps:

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1. Prepare your eyes

Just like any other eye shadow, glitter shadow should be applied after eye foundation/concealer and eye shadow primer for maximum staying power. For depth and definition, apply your normal eye shadow colours first before applying glitter shadow.

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2. Apply glitter eye shadow

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow comes in many different shades. The one I am using is Kitten (nude pink sheen). It also comes with a mini liquid eye primer and mixing tray. I still like to use my own primer beforehand to ensure long lasting adhesion.

There’s two ways of wearing the Stila eye shadow. The first is applying the shadow without the liquid primer (see top line of my hand swatch). The second is mixing the liquid primer (use half a drop, one drop is way too much!) with and the eye shadow (see bottom line of my hand swatch). You can see how pigmented the eye shadow becomes after adding the liquid primer!

To apply, I used my ring finger to spread and dab it onto my eyelids slowly to make sure it’s even and smooth.

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3. Eyeliner and Mascara

Apply eyeliner and mascara as normal. If you want to create more drama, try a pair of fake eyelashes to complete the eye makeup look.

4. The rest of your face

Let your eyes steal the spotlight. This isn’t the time to wear your statement lip. Keep your lips (wear lip balm or clear lip gloss) and cheeks natural (add bronzer to give your face some colour).

 The finished look:

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Products Used:

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
Dior Nude Rose Powder
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer

Marc Jacobs The Lolita Palette
Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow
Lancome Artliner in Black
Lancome Hypnose Mascara
NARS Blush in Orgasm

Shu Umera Eyelash Curler
Dior Addict Fluid Stick #239
Anastasia Beverley Hills Bold Brow Kit

DIY Beauty Contributor for Drifter & the Gypsy.

 

7 comments

    • Thanks Sabina! Glitter eyeshadow can definitely be tricky to wear, I like to stick to fine shimmery glitter for that subtle effect rather than chunky pieces! x

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