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How to Wear Glitter Makeup Without Looking Like Tinsel


Welcome to theВ (not-so) official season of glitter-Christmas. Yes, we are now in the full throws of shimmering tree decorations and sequined dresses, but naturally, our favourite way to embrace glitter is through our makeup choices.В

ButВ if we're going to daub our eyes and lips in pesky flecks of glitter that will continue to hauntВ us by showing up in every nook and cranny of theВ house for the rest of the year, you'll want to make it worth it. And that means finding a modern, flatteringВ glitter makeup look that highlights your favourite assets, without making you look like you've had a run-in with a length of tinsel.

Below, you'll find our favourite glitter makeup looks, along with our product recommendations to re-create them.

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GOLD-LEAF EYES

More like shattered gold than glitter, this look is about creating a wash of shimmer across the eyelids. Stila's Liquid Eyeshadow (ВЈ23) is the king at creating this effect in a single swipe and looks great paired with a burnt red lip and super-glowy skin.В

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COLOUR CLASH

Silencing any preconceptions that you should focus on either the eyes or the lips, and never both, this shimmery cobalt blue eye and mega-watt dark red glitter lip proves that there is space in our makeup repertoires for a full-throttle look.В

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GLITTER TEARS

If you're looking for a super-subtle way to incorporate glitter into your makeup look, try dusting it down the cheeks, as per this look from the Burberry catwalk. Be sure to prime skin with a glitter adhesive first, such as Too FacedВ Glitter Glue (ВЈ17) to ensure your glitter tears don't run away with every double cheek kiss on the night.

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KIRAKIRA SPARKLE

Like sequins on a dress, the little dots of glitter gently patted into the tear ducts will glimmer whether you're using KiraKira or not. The trick here is to find an iridescent glitter that has a similar warmth to your skin tone: Darker skins should look at the bronze and coppery end of the spectrum, while fairer skin suits milky pinks.

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CLUB TROPICANA

Colour and glitter go hand-in-hand, as artfully proven by this tropical makeup look. When working with clashing colours, avoid blending the seams to ensure the colour remains poppy (and not one murky mess of brown), and pick eye shadows with built-in shimmer to reduce the work.

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GLITTER-DROP EYELINER

If you can't bear to part with your beloved cat eye flick, then use it as a home for a little glitter. Here, Katie Jane Hughes has dropped a little bit of copper-toned glitter eyeliner onto the centre of the lash line for a glimmer that catches in the light. We love Urban Decay'sВ Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Punk Rock (ВЈ15).

Illamasqua Broken Gel in Gold $19ShopStila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow $23ShopTouch in Sol Metallist Shadow Liquid Foil & Glitter Duo in Talia $20ShopSara Hill Glitter in Galaxy $16Shop3ina Colour Kajal in Blue $9ShopPat McGrath Labs Dark Star 006 Eye Kit $120ShopCharlotte Tilbury Rock 'n' Kohl in Bedroom Black $19ShopToo Faced Glitter Glue $17ShopNYX Face & Body Glitter in Gold $5ShopRituel de Fille Ash and Ember Eye Soot in Sigil $20ShopNYX Glitter Primer $8ShopMake Up For Ever Diamond Powder in Champagne $20ShopYSL Beauty Black Opium Pure Illusion Tribal Palette $43ShopMAC Eyeshadow in Humid $14ShopNYX Prismatic Eyeshadow in Fireball $6ShopKat Von D Tattoo Liner $16ShopUrban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Punk Rock $15ShopClinique High Impact Lash Elevating Mascara $18Shop

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