You're Not Wearing Enough Glitter on Your Face, So Here Are 5 Ways to Rectify That

Plus, a few makeup tips that will make you go, "Why didn't I think of that?"
Publish date:
April 28, 2016

If you were to dissect me biology-class-style, I know for certain glitter would explode out of me like fireworks on the 4th of July. I own over 30 different cosmetic glitters, 20 different glitter nail polishes, and 100 different craft glitters. There is a light coating of glitter on pretty much everything I own, including but not limited to: my clothing, my bed, my bathtub, and my face. I'm like a grownup Tinkerbell, leaving fairy dust behind me everywhere I go.

I wanted to share this magic with you guys! I've created five different looks with step-by-step explanations, because each and every one of us deserves to shine.

Glitter Cat Eye

First, I applied Urban Decay Original Primer Potion all over my eyelid, from lashline to brow bone, using my pointer finger, which melts the primer into my skin. The slight neutral tint in the primer potion helps to tone down any discoloration on my lid, and the tackiness helps to keep the eyeshadow on all day, because I'm not about that "touching up" life.

For this particular look, I used the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette (which is my absolute favorite eyeshadow palette). You can use any matte neutral shadows as long as you have one a shade lighter than your skin tone, one a shade darker than your skin tone, and a smoky brown to add depth.

I started by using a fluffy blending brush to apply a sheer layer of Laetus, the biggest pan in the first quad, all over my eye, from lid to brow bone. By applying a color one shade lighter than my skin tone, I helped to eliminate any remaining darkness on my lid. This first light layer will also prevent the darker colors we will add later on from sticking too much and not blending out effectively.

While looking straight ahead in the mirror, I then applied Ludwin, the biggest pan in the last quad, across my crease with the same fluffy blending brush to create transition and soft definition.

Important tip: Whenever I'm blending a color into my crease, I always start with my eye open looking straight ahead. That way, I know the transition will be visible whether my eye is open or closed. I place my brush at the outer corner first, where the natural shadows are the deepest, and, using little circular buffing motions, work the color in toward my inner corner. The goal here is to make sure the color is slightly deeper on the outer corner than it is in the inner corner.

I then used a more tapered blending brush, which allows for a bit more precision, to apply Solas, the deepest shade in the first quad, to the outer corner of my eye. This creates a soft, smoky effect and gives my eye additional lift and definition. Again, I start at the outer corner and use small circular motions to blend, but this time, I don't blend the color up as high or as far as Ludwin.

To give more definition to the bottom lashline, I use a smudge brush to apply Solas along my lash line. To soften it up a bit, I blend a bit of Ludwin right on top. Always remember: what goes up must come down.

Now comes the wing. I did a simple black wing liner to start with. Before I use any liquid liner, I like to start with a pencil just to tight-line so there is no gap between my lashes and the cat-eye liner later on. I love the Marc Jacobs Highliner in Blacquer because it is the only pencil that doesn't move on me throughout the day.

I used my NYC black Liquid Eyeliner for the cat eye itself. I recommend doing whatever size line that you are comfortable with.

Another important tip: If you make a mistake, use a bit of eyeshadow primer and a concealer brush as an eraser. It will remove the excess black liner without majorly messing up the shadow beneath it. Stay away from makeup remover, which tends to smudge and smear the work around it.


I used my absolute bae, Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Midnight Cowboy, to line the very top of my cat eye. This is the easiest to use because it is glitter, adhesive, and an applicator in one. I used the super-fine brush tip to trace along the top edge of the black eyeliner.

To finish off the look, I applied a coat of my favorite new mascara, Velvet Noir by Marc Jacobs, and some false lashes.

I think the finished look is pretty rad. Don't you?

Glitter Inner Corner

This look starts off pretty similarly to the last one. I used my Urban Decay Primer and my Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Palette. I used Laetus and Ludwin in the same manner as before. Instead of using Solas on my outer corner, I used Sytry, the darkest color in the last quad, which is a bit darker and more red-toned. I opted for this warmer color in order to provide a greater contrast to the liner I planned to apply. I used the same exact blending technique as before.

Because I knew the glitter I wanted to use had a blue reflect, I opted for a bright blue winged liner. I used my angled Morphe B74 brush and NARS Solomon Islands Eye Paint to create the cat eye.

Same as before: do the cat-eye shape you are most comfortable with.

Yet another important tip: I do recommend following the lift of your bottom lash line. When your figuring out the best angle for your liner, follow the angle of the bottom lash line and continue along that same trajectory. That will give the eye lift.

I even made sure that "what goes up must come down," by putting Sytry and Ludwin on my bottom lash line.

To apply loose glitter, I always use a lip brush (in this case, one from Hot Topic's Alice in Wonderland Brush Set), which allows for the most precision, and my Violet Voss Glitter Adhesive, which is, hands down, the best glitter adhesive to ever exist. I paint the adhesive onto the areas where I want to adhere glitter, and then, while the glue is still damp, I apply the glitter on top using the same lip brush.

For this look, I chose to use Urban Decay Moon Dust Eye Shadow in Solstice, which is a super-easy-to-use pressed glitter powder that's a warm brown tone with a pink and blue reflect. I applied the glue to my inner corners, making sure it tapered out along my bottom lash line and my crease. I then used the same brush to apply the glitter on top of the glue. The more synthetic the bristles, the better.

Once again I topped my lashes with the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara and some falsies, and voila! Glittery goodness.

Glitter Under-Liner

As per usual, I started with my Urban Decay Primer. But this time I used my Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette for the eyeshadow base.

Using the same techniques and shade range as before, I used Thirteen, the lightest color, on my lid, Combust, which is slightly deeper, in my crease, and Password, a medium-toned matte gray, in my outer corner. This time, I did not place these shadows on the bottom.

Instead, I used my Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil in M-26 to line the bottom of my eyes. Using a generous "dashes between the lashes" approach, I heavily applied this pencil to my waterline and my lash line. And just like a cat eye, I made sure it tapered out as I got further and further away.

To add a bit of dimension, I applied Gonzo, a less icy, more electric blue shade from my Urban Decay Electric palette using a smudge brush right into my lashline.

To apply the glitter, I once again used a lip brush and the Violet Voss adhesive first. I placed Elsa, an icy translucent glitter with a blue reflect from Violet Voss, on top. Violet Voss glitters are my personal favorite. In my opinion, they shine the brightest and reflect the most light.

I topped my lashes with my Velvet Noir mascara and some falsies and called it a day.

A look fit for a snow queen.

Glitter Lid

This look is probably the most difficult. Like before, I started with my Urban Decay Primer Potion and used my Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette. I applied Thirteen all over my lid, Combust in the crease, and Password in my outer corner. This time, however, I applied a deep metallic silver tone, Dagger, all over my lid using a flat shadow brush. I also smoked out the bottom lashline using Dagger and Password.

I used my lip brush to apply my Violet Voss adhesive all over my lid, from lashline to crease. I then used my lip brush to generously pat on NYX Face & Body Glitter Brilliants in 06 all over my lid. This glitter is not as reflective as the Violet Voss, but at $6 a bottle, it's definitely worth it.

Lastly, I applied my Marc Jacobs Highliner in Blacquer to my top and bottom waterlines. I topped off my lashes with Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara and some falsies, and BAM!

I'm a disco queen!

Glitter Freckles

Now this look is definitely the easiest and, in my opinion, the most fun.

For this look, I used my Violet Voss Adhesive and some small glitter stars I got in a Japanese dollar-fifty store, Daiso, in California. However, you can find similar glitter appliques at most beauty supply stores. They will be in the nail section but, as long as you don't put them close to your eyes, you're good to go.

I evenly space the dots out on my cheeks in a random order, to mimic the spacing of natural freckles. I use my lip brush to apply a dot of glue, then I use the brush to place a single star on top.

I think they're pretty cool.

Now go glitter, guys and gals!

  • Which was your favorite glitter look?
  • Which are you most likely to try?
  • Please post pictures in the comments below if you recreate any!