What makeup-loving girl doesn’t crave a little bit of glitter in her life every once in a while? We’ve all had that urge to go crazy with an electro-inspired eye, but … where the heck can you go out looking like a ’70s disco ball? (Don’t answer that.) Thankfully, we’re here to satisfy your craving with a slightly more pared-down approach, proving that it is possible to pull off and enjoy chic-yet-subtle glittery eyelids in everyday life.
When worn in the right way, sparkly eyelids can make your skin sparkle and your eyes pop. Some quick tips before we get started:
Professional makeup artist Emma Willis for Contour Fossa shows you how to work this look as your next springtime makeup move …
- Choose glitter that’s fine in texture. (Save the rock-star eyes for nighttime.)
- Keep skin matte and only add a subtle illuminator to the high points of the face (that’d be the cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and your cupid’s bow).
- Pair your lips down so they aren’t competing for attention.
1. Set Your Base
Apply a peach-toned pink cream color across your entire eyelid as a base — this will help with the longevity of your look. Next, sweep a berry pigment shadow over the top of the lid, in the crease line and along your lower lash line. Buff a second layer of the shadow across the lid and crease again for added intensity.
Product picks: Urban Decay Naked3 Eye Shadow Palette
2. Add Sparkle
Mix the loose pigment glitter with an eye primer adhesive and use a small eye shadow brush to apply onto the center of your eyelid, stopping just before you reach the crease.
Product picks: Make Up For Ever Glitters in N3, Violet’s Secret Weapon Adhesive
3. Underline It
Use the tip of your shadow brush to apply a fine line of your glitter mix along your lower lash line.
4. Finish It Off
Apply a volumizing mascara to your top and bottom lashes to define your sparkle eye and anchor the look. To keep all the attention at eye level, finish with a skin-tone matte lipstick.
Product picks: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Powder 24H Mascara, Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani in 110
TIP: Avoid cleaning up sparkle fall out all over your face by holding a business card underneath your eye to catch the excess glitter.
Would you wear this sparkly look? Let us know in the comments!
Photos: Joshua M Shelton
Makeup Artist: Emma Willis
Model: Rosie Shapiro