Glitter shadows have 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 different than other formulas. They aren’t made to be overly blended and they aren’t made to be applied with a fluffy blender brush.
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 my look destroyed with chunky flakes and excessive fallout.
Here are the ins and outs of how to wear 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, because using non-cosmetic glitters on your face and near your eyes is just not safe.
Cosmetic grade glitters are made of FDA approved pigments and non-toxic materials. They are also less rigid and smaller which help 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.
I know Colourpop is known for throwing in shades that are not “eye safe.” This means the shade has ingredients that could cause irritation and if you choose to apply it in the immediate eye area, you are doing so at your own risk.
Use A Glitter 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 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 or brush into the glitter glue and gently tap it onto my eyelid in the areas I want to apply glitter. A brush can be great for this because it will give you more precision. Just keep a brush to the side for this purpose only, because the glue will be difficult to clean well.
I usually apply glitters to 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. Going back to the precision aspect.
A brush makes for an easier and more precise application.
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.
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.
And there we have it! How to wear glitter eyeshadows 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!