Ever since Pat McGrath’s release of her incredible Labs, glitter in all forms has become a beauty staple for when you want to make an impact. The glitter eye of nowadays couldn’t be further from the chalky, chunky silver shadow we all rocked at 14. Glitter’s all grown up, sweeping its way across every beauty lover’s Insta feed and every festival-goer’s cheekbones.
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We estimate that glitter properly exploded onto the beauty scene around the time that online beauty gurus like NikkiTutorials started promoting ultra-glam, OTT make-up as okay for every day. Brands took immediate notice, pushing out eyeshadow palettes, liquid lipsticks, and highlighter kits full of the glitzy stuff. While MAC and Barry M still hold it down as the OGs of glitter pots, fun and fabulous brands like Too Faced and Urban Decay are starting to become everyone's go-to on the glitter front.
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Believe it or not, a glimmering eye is actually suitable for pretty much any occasion. Whether you’re going full-on carnival glam, or feel like something glitzy for that Christmas party, or just want to feel a little bit extra whilst sat at your desk all day, you can tailor that sparkle factor to ensure you don’t look like an overexcited child.
If you’re after…. Minimal glow
Keep it in one place. Place a dab in your inner corner only, just across the crease, or simply along your lower lashline for some subtle impact.
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If you’re after…. An understated statement
Keep it in the colour family. We’re not saying you’ve got to match your lips to your eyes to your dress, but try and keep everything on the same page - maroons, burgundies and browns, coppers and burnt oranges, and amethysts and wines will all harmonise together beautifully.
Go for matte. An overly dewy complexion will make your face seem slick and sweaty, so use an oil-beating foundation (I love Giorgio Armani's Maestro liquid foundation, £40) paired with your favourite mattifying powder (Laura Mercier's loose setting powder, £29, works so well) - your eyes will seem to glimmer even more.
If you’re after…. some ’look at me’ impact
Lock that sh*t down. A lasting, impactful glitter eye starts with a trusty base. Put a glitter primer like NYX's to good use; it'll prep the eye and make glitter stick down no matter what. Try some lash glue for large stubborn chunks that won't stay put, and you'll be glimmering for hours.
Get a clean-up crew. When applying loads of glittery goodness, there’s a likely risk of it sprinkling itself all over your face. Wrap a piece of tape around your finger after you’re done applying, and gently pat it over any places of your face where glitter doesn’t belong.
Feeling major #inspo? Pick up one of these amazing glitter pots, palettes, and dusts and try your hand at creating your own perfect glitter eye...
1. STILA MAGNIFICENT METALS GLITTER & GLOW LIQUID EYESHADOW
Stila's liquid shadows are truly magical. The water-based formula glides on, blends easily, and doesn't budge at all once dry - and the mixture of pearl and shimmer pigments is just too beautiful.
2. The Gypsy Shrine Face, Hair and Body Glitter
These glitter pots are just too fantastic - they come in every ethereal shade, different shapes and sizes, and aren't too pricey, either.
3. HUDA BEAUTY Desert Dusk Palette
Huda's latest drop has something for every glitter fiend who likes their glitz on the warmer side.
4. VIOLET VOSS Super Sparkles
If you're after finer glitter rather than the sequin-like stuff, then go for Violet Voss - the colour range is gorge, and the pots last for ages.
5. NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Face & Body Glitter
NYX's glitter pots are affordable, last for ages, and come in so many pretty colours.
6. Too Faced Glitter Bomb eye shadow palette
Use your finger to swipe any of these shades over your lid and prepare for a total showstopper of an eye - as gross as it sounds, the oil from your finger really makes the pigment sparkle.
7. OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS COSMETIC GLITTER
This glitter is the real deal. Its glitter bits are pretty micro, so expect a cool hybrid between a fine glitter and a metallic powder pigment.
8. Barry M Glitter
Okay, we all used this as teens, but the love is still going strong. As one of the original glitter pots that's pretty cheap for how good it is, we're holding on to ours throughout festival season.
9. MAC Glitter
They're a tad expensive, but believe us when we say they're worth the price tag. MAC's pigment and glitter pots are used by MUAs worldwide, and for good reason - the colour range is insane, plus they're amazing quality.
10. Urban decay HEAVY METAL Glitter Eyeliner
Sometimes a little glitter wing is all you need. Unlike so many other glitter liners, this one won't flake off into your eyeballs after a couple of hours.
11. Make up for ever GRAPHIC GLITTERS
MUFE's gorgeous glitters come in all shapes and sizes, so it's time to get creative.
12. urban decay AFTERDARK PALETTE Eyeshadow Palette
The colours in this palette are actually to die for. Match up the earthy shades, the jade tones, or the rich purples for a monochromatic glitter eye with just the right amount of glam.
13. NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Glitter Primer
Perfect for when you need that glitter to stay where it belongs, NYX's primer makes it stick like a magnet.