Today Jessica of Little Thoughts and Lovely Things gives the 411 on ways to wear glitter.
My name is Jessica, and I’m your guest beauty blogger this afternoon. 🙂
MBB guest mascot Kitty and I (yes, I do have a kitty named Kitty) are easy to please. As long as Kitty gets her naps and can shed all over the house, and I have my makeup — particularly glitter — we’re great!
NOTE: Make sure you’re careful with glitter around your eyes, and only use glitter products approved for use with makeup (no craft store glitter!).
Glitter adds that extra â€œpopâ€ to any look. Apply a lot to, say, the entire lid, and people will definitely look your way. Or, play it safe for school or work with a lighter application for a subtle shimmer.
The first time I tried using a loose glitter shadow, I skipped the base and applied it directly to my eyelid. By the end of the dayâ€¦ well, you know how that went. I got it everywhere but my eyes! — on my hands, my clothes, my desk and all over my cheeks.
No problem. You can definitely apply glitter in a way that won’t leave your coworkers wondering why you looked dressed to hit the disco, or why there are bits of glitter in their sandwich.
What it is
The most concentrated form of glitter you can get. Unless you don’t mind getting glitter all over the place, youâ€™re either going to want to mix it with a base or something else.
You could use something creamy like a MAC Paint Pot ($16) as a base for loose glitter, but you’ll probably end up with more fallout than if you actually mixed it with something like Mixing Medium.
Ask about Mixing Medium at your nearby MAC Pro Store (the water-based kind, about $15), or you can make a base yourself by mixing 2/3rds water with 1/3rd glycerine (bought from a drugstore).
The glycerine just makes everything sticky, so in this case the glitter adheres to your skin.
Consider also trying MAC Fix+ ($17), which combines glycerine with a couple of other ingredients like cucumber extract.
Just drizzle a few drops onto your brush, dip your brush into your loose glitter, and then pat it on your eye.
If you’d prefer a more liquid consistency, you can actually mix your MAC Fix+ and glitter together in a container or in a palette and can even make your own glittery shadow or liner.
A makeup sealant like Benefitâ€™s SheLaq ($30) also helps make glitter stick to skin, but it’ll cost you a lot more than either MAC Fix+ or its drugstore equivalent.
There are many different ways to apply glitter. One way is to apply it to the entire lid. In this pic I’m wearing NYX Glitter Powder in Silver (about $2).
Or, in the center of your lid above the iris, for a little understated sparkle (MAC Glitter in Reflects Antique Gold over MAC Amber Lights shadow, about $20, but much cheaper if you get it with a holiday pigment set).
Glitter also works added to your lipgloss. Here’s some NYX Glitter in Clear over NYX Round Lipgloss in Doll Pink…
Or perhaps above your blush as a highlighter for your cheekbone, though I donâ€™t apply glitter on my face on a regular basis. Above shows some NARS Orgasm Blush and NYX Glitter in Clear over Revlon CrÃ¨me Shadow in White…