Nothing says holiday makeup quite like a little sparkle.
Maybe it’s because it represents the magic of the holidays. Or perhaps it’s because glitter is just downright fun. Whatever the reason, sparkles and glitter have become a holiday staple.
And while you may think wearing sparkles, particularly on the face, is only for the bold, think again. It’s definitely possible to wear glittering, sparkly makeup without looking too costumey or over-the-top. And glittery makeup is a great option for anyone who wants to look a little festive without having to wear sequins (another holiday go-to).
We asked makeup artists to share their top tips for wearing glitter makeup this holiday season. Check them out:
1. Pick one glitter accent and stick to it.
“Good glitter makeup is definitely tricky,” Gloria Elias-Foeillet, a celebrity makeup artist who works with Missy Elliott, told. “I would pick one feature to glitter up and just stick to that. If you use glitter everywhere, it starts looking like a costume instead of a chic fashion look.”
2. Keep things balanced.
If you want to wear glitter on more than one spot on your face, just keep things balanced. That is, if you have a super-bold sparkly lip or eye, maybe keep your highlight a little more subtle.
3. If you don’t want to be too bold, stick to neutrals.
A glittery look can be a big statement for some people, especially those who typically wear little to no makeup. The easiest way to dip your toes into the trend is to stick with muted, neutral, shimmery tones.“I think if you’re nervous, stick to a neutral colour, like a bronze or black glitter,” Blair Petty, a New York-based makeup artist, said. One of his favourite glitter products is MAC’s Reflect glitter, which comes in a variety of colours.“Glitter is already a strong statement in itself, so no need to go for an extreme colour as well!” Martini said. “I love adding a touch of glitter on the eyes with more subtle shades, like white, beige, copper, brown, etc.”
4. Apply sparkly eye makeup before everything else.
While we’re fans of a finished sparkly makeup look, we hate how messy the application process can be.One way to cut down on all the glitter fallout ― i.e. when you apply sparkly eye shadow and end up with the product all over the rest of your face ― is to do your eye makeup first. Most of the makeup artists we spoke to recommended this method, which will save you time and make it easy to keep things looking neat.
5. If you do end up with stray glitter, use tape to get rid of it.
Both Elias-Foeillet and Nelson suggested using Scotch tape to remove any of the loose sparkles that fall onto your face during application. You can also use a little bit of cleansing water.