If there were an official list of the top five most difficult makeup looks of all time, I imagine that wearing shimmer would be pretty high on the list (right behind applying false lashes and finding a red lipstick). But even the biggest makeup klutz can pull off a sparkly look without heading into disco-ball territory—just stick with these simple rules.
Look for little particles
Contrary to what gymnasts and Justin Bieber fans will have you believe glittery makeup can look grownup. The trick: Use products with tiny flecks of shimmer—they’re more subtle and sophisticated than big, chunks. Another plus: less mess!
Pick one place to shine
To avoid overdoing it, apply shimmery makeup to one feature at a time. For a pretty combo, do bright, colorful metallic lids with a pinky-nude lip gloss. If you can’t get away with full-on bold shadow at work, go with this cubicle-friendly option: Trace dark brown eye pencil along your top lash lines then layer a sparkly liquid liner on top.
Mix textures on your lips
Let’s face it, most of us aren’t blessed with Angelina’s lips, but there’s a quick way to get a shimmer fix and fake fullness. Apply a creamy lipstick then dab a metallic gloss just on the center of your pout. Pair it with tons of mascara (a seductive gaze is optional).
Make friends with highlighter
One creamy highlighter can do so much for your face—and it’s fast. Smudge a little bit above your cheekbones for an instant glow, or put some underneath your brows or in the inner corner of your eyes to make them pop. Try a champagne colored highlighter if you have fair or medium skin; if your skin is dark go with copper or bronze.
When is the last time you wore shimmery makeup?