You’ll Want to Wear This Glossy Glitter Lip Look IRL

March 24, 2021
Jessica Harrington
By: Jessica Harrington | by L'Oréal
person wearing glitter eye and lip makeup

There’s no question that glitter lips look cool, but you might think that they’re tricky to achieve and even harder to pull off IRL — especially under a face mask. But with the right glitter products and tricks up your sleeve, you can create a sparkling glitter pout that’s both wearable and not messy at all. Here, makeup artist Gabriel Almodovar walks us through a step-by-step tutorial on how to achieve a glossy glitter lip look.

  • STEP 1:


    You want to start any lip look with a smooth base, but it’s even more imperative when you’re going to be rocking glitter. The sparkles can exacerbate flakes and dryness, so be sure to gently exfoliate before applying your lip products. You can use a lip scrub, like the Sara Happ Lip Scrub, or a damp washcloth to do the job.  

  • STEP 2:


    After you exfoliate, hydrate lips to ensure a smooth surface. One of our favorite lip treatments is the Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1.

    Kiehl's Lip Balm #1
  • STEP 3:

    Line Your Lips

    “Line your lips with a nude matte pencil,” says Almodovar. This gives your lips definition and grip for the next two steps. 

  • STEP 4:

    Apply Lip Gloss

    In order for the glitter to stick, you’ll need to apply a lip gloss. We like the Maybelline New York Lifter Lip Gloss because it’s hydrating, non-sticky and gives lips a fuller appearance. 

    nyx glitter pigment
  • STEP 5:

    Add Plenty of Glitter

    Now for the fun part. “Tap on loose glitter with a dry brush directly on top of the gloss,” says Almodovar. The glitter will stick to the gloss and allow you to pack on the sparkle. Add a sprinkling of glitter for a subtle yet eye-catching look, or pile it on for a bold glitter pout. The NYX Professional Makeup Face & Body Glitter is perfect for this. Choose a striking metallic neutral shade, a classic pink or red or go extra bold with a blue or green pigment. 

Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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