Since my blog is Beauty With A Side Of Glitter, I figured it was about time we had a conversation about glitter!
Glitter shadows quickly became a common makeup trend, and because of that, brands have started incorporating more foiled and pressed glitter shades in their palettes.
The thing with glitter shadows is you really have to treat them differently than other formulas. They aren’t made to be overly blended, they aren’t made to be applied with a fluffy blender brush, and most aren’t made to be applied to dry lids with your finger.
I am a glitter fanatic and have worn glittered cosmetics since the beginning of my makeup journey. I’ve gone through the hardships of thinking a glitter shadow will amp up my look, only to have it destroy it with chunky flakes and excessive fallout.
Here are the ins and outs of selecting and wearing glitter eyeshadows:
Use A Cosmetic Grade Glitter
This is by far the most important factor of using glittered cosmetics. You never want to put a glitter on your face that is not rated for cosmetic use, such as a craft glitter.
Why you ask?
Well, simply because using craft glitters on your face and near your eyes is just not safe.
Craft glitters are usually made with materials and dyes that are not safe for your eyes and can cause severe scratching and visual impairment.
Cosmetic grade glitters are made of FDA approved pigments and non-toxic materials. They are also less rigid and smaller which help to prevent eye irritation should glitter particles get into your eyes.
Although glitter shadows that come in eyeshadow palettes should be approved for cosmetic use, it never hurts to double-check before using. Don’t follow that phrase, “Ask for forgiveness later.” Seriously, this is your eye-sight we’re talking about.
Use A Glitter Glue
You may be thinking, she just told us to us not to use craft glitter and now she’s telling us to put glue on our eyes!?”
I promise it’s a safe glue.
Glitter glue is basically an overly tacky shadow primer that prevents fallout and extends the longevity of your glitters. I personally use the Too Faced Glitter Glue, but NYX has a drugstore option that also works well.
You want to apply your basic shadows first such as your transitions, crease shades, and so forth before applying glitter. Glitter shadows are not really meant to blend out and you once you set them down as any movement will increase the likelihood of experiencing fallout.
Once you are happy with your look, squeeze a small amount of glitter glue on the back of your hand. When I say small, I mean small. I literally use the amount of like the tip of a ballpoint pin. This stuff goes a long way.
I then dab my finger into the glitter glue and gently tap it onto my eyelid in the areas I want to apply glitter. This is usually on the portion of my top lid from my inner corner to the middle. I use a deeper shade in the outer V to add dimension so there is no need to place glue there.
You want to work at a decent speed with the glitter glue so it doesn’t dry before you get your glitter down. I usually work one eye at a time and apply glue then glitter before moving onto the next eye. This prevents the glue from drying down before I’m able to apply the glitter.
On to the next step:
Use A Small Packing Shadow Brush
Using the right tool is imperative to achieving a flawless glitter eye. You can use your finger to press the glitter on, but with nails, this is not always easy
I use a brush for an easier and more precise application.
I love this brush by Urban Decay. This actually came with a palette, but any flat packing shadow brush will work.
Swipe the brush into the shadow you are using and press the shadow onto the glitter glue you just applied.
Don’t overload your brush as this will cause a shedding mess before you get the glitter onto your lid. Pack a little at a time and build up the shadow to your desired look.
Tip: Wait until your glitter glue is set before adjusting any of your other shadow
Depending on how far out the glitter ended up on your lid, you may lose some of your outer V shade. To fix this, use a narrow blending brush to tap more color into the outer V.
Using very small and precise circular motions, gently smoke that color out to deepen your lid back up.
Be careful when moving close to the glitter line as you do not want to disturb the glitter you just applied.
To remove harsh lines between the two shadows, hover your blending brush with your outer V shade above the glitter so that you are barely touching your lid and continue circular motions to soften the lines.
Tip: Glitter glue can be used on top of your shadow as well to lock it in. Use a very small amount as you do not want the glue to affect the appearance of the shadow.
Here are some of my glitter looks:
And there we have it! Applying glitter shadow in its simplest form. I hope these tips help you the next time you apply your shadows.
If you have any other glitter hacks, please comment down below and share with us! I love trying new tips!