15 glitter makeup looks that will convince you to try this trend today
Glitter is no longer reserved for the festive (or festival) season
Beauty Crew Contributing Editor / February 05 2021
Glitter makeup is the sort of glam look you reserve for the festive (or festival) season. But who wants to wait all year long to glow a little (or a lot!)? Glitter makeup has the ability to instantly light up the face, make a statement and breathe new life into your same-old everyday makeup look.
And, here’s the thing you need to know about glitter makeup: you don’t have to go all in. In fact, undone and understated glitter makeup looks are our new favourite way to step up our daily looks. The other great thing about glitter makeup is that perfection is *not* the name of the game.
Here are 15 ways to wear glitter makeup, plus the products to buy to copy each look.
Graphic glitter liner
A graphic eyeliner design and glitter’s bold nature go hand in hand. Kristen Stewart’s thick, saturated application makes sure there’s no missing this statement look.
Get the look: Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow
More is more
Usually we’d recommend sticking to just one bold statement when working with glitter, but Cara Delevingne is proof that good things come from breaking the rules. Why this look works so well is the red lip - its neat finish and classic colour ground the smudgy, undone eyeshadow, while the lipstick’s soft sheen compliments the glitter’s sparkle without taking away from the eyes, which are the true stars of this look.
We are all about Karlie Kloss’s glittery masked makeup look for a night out. The large flecks of glitter are sure to shine during late nights on the dance floor. The mix of flawless skin, nude lips and messy hair gives the look a nonchalant vibe.
Get the look: In Your Dreams Chunky Glitter
A clear winner
Glitter doesn’t need to be laid on thick to make an impact. What we love about Lily Collins’ take on the trend is her decision to apply a clear gel glitter to bare eyelids, before giving the eyes extra definition with a slim metallic silver eyeliner and curled lashes.
Get the look: IGK House Party Hair & Body Glitter Stick in Electro (you can use it on your body and hair, too!)
Your eyes aren’t the only ones who can get in on the glitter party. Naomi Campbell had everyone talking with this crimson glitter lipstick look. You don’t even need a glitter lipstick: just paint on your favourite lip colour then layer with a cosmetic glitter formula like MAC Cosmetics Loose Glitter over the top. This is one time when precision is key! If you want a toned-down version, swipe on YSL Rouge Volupté Rock'n Shine Lipstick.
If you want to soften a matte base, copy Margot Robbie and add a sweep of glitter across bare eyes to give your look a luminous touch that’s not too OTT.
Get the look: Lemonhead LA Spacejam
Reverse glitter eyeliner
Emma Stone flipped our expectations on their head by wearing a bold blue eyeliner on her lower lash line, and a silver glitter eyeliner - sharply drawn on - up top. You can practically see the twinkle in her eye.
Get the look: Too Faced Glitter POP! Peel Off Eyeliner
Dial up the drama
Keen to channel those Studio 54 disco vibes? Take your cues from Zoe Saldana’s 2019 Met Gala look. Not even her unruly curls can draw our eyes away from that dramatic glitter eye makeup.
Get the look: Barry M Pick & Glitz
Look at how the whites of Gabrielle Union’s eyes pop! Just a smudge of a glittery eyeshadow on the inner corners is sometimes all you need to stand out.
Get the look: NARS Single Eyeshadow in Ganges
Lucy Boynton is the queen of bold yet beautiful eye makeup looks. By focusing her glitter application under the eyes (a great way to brighten up dark circles!) then pairing it with extra long lashes on the top only, she’s created a striking balance.
Get the look: Tarte Treasure Pot Glitter Gel
Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.