Is there anything more fun to apply?
During the Christmas period, glitter makeup really comes into its own. Glamour and glitz are a must at festive parties, and it’s the perfect time to embrace the old school pin-up style beauty of yesteryear. That being: red lips, smoky eyes, and things that glint and catch the light.
Glitter isn’t the easiest to work with though. It can be chunky, drop down across the whole face (which isn’t the glitter-ball effect we had in mind), and be difficult to make look refined rather than Glasto-ready.
While some respectable adults among us might have discarded glitter as something messy that should only be pulled out at festivals and fancy dress, we say no – glitter can be entirely adult, smart, sophisticated, and gently applied.
The key is in subtle application that balances textures, as Dominic Skinner, global senior artist at MAC Cosmetics tells Metro.co.uk.
‘The key is to not over embellish. A light sporadic dusting looks more elegant over a solid wall of shine,’ he says.
While Instagram might be filled with jewel-encrusted eyelids and lips dipped in glue and glitter, real life doesn’t have to be so drastic.
Rather, we can take the inspiration that’s out there and modify.
Glitter look book: All about the eyes
Eyes are the most obvious place to start when it comes to applying glitter.
Dominic says it’s important you spotlight one facial feature when it comes to glitter.
‘When using glitter in your look, my top tip is to keep the glitter to just one feature and strip the rest of the makeup right back.
‘This makes the focus the glitter and it will never look too much.
‘One look I love to do is during the festive season is to line the waterline with black eye kohl, drench the lashes with loads of mascara, then mix a dash of your favourite glitter in with some clear lip glass and tap over the eye lid.
‘It’s a glistening and glittery disco eye in a snap,’ he suggests.
Using a clear gloss will boost the reflective quality of the glitter, enhancing the ‘wet look’ left on lids.
Application is vital however you wear glitter so it sets into place and doesn’t read as being overboard.
‘The trick to stopping your glitter highlighter from looking like you’re on a hen do at Glasto is to dust it on instead of patting it on.
‘If you’re going with glitter on the cheeks, apply your regular highlighter as normal and then pop it by lightly dusting the glitter on top.’
He continues: ‘The best way to secure glitter is to use a cosmetics glitter glue or a makeup mixing medium.
‘Do your makeup as normal and then press the medium on top to set the look. Tap the glitter on top to adhere to the glue before it dries.’
Then you’re set for the night.
Glitter look book: Lips, nails, cheeks and body
Glitter doesn’t have to be focused on the eyes – in fact, it’s extremely wearable all over.
When you’re loading up on glitter in one area of the face, Dominic says the other textures you use can affect how that glitter appears.
‘Teaming glitter with matte textures will make the glitter look even more intense,’ he offers – so if full-on glam is your goal, try a matte red lip with gold glittery eyes or cheeks.
Going for glossy finishes will add to the overall radiant effect, making skin and features really glow.
In terms of the colour to opt for, the world is your oyster.
If you’re unsure of where to begin, take your usual makeup shades and find glitter alternatives. You might lift a matte brown to a glittering topaz.
Dominic’s choice of colour this season is varied.
‘I’m obsessing over cool tones this season like blues, purples and pinks,’ he says. ‘I’m also loving any holographic glitters.
‘Those multidimensional flecks look like a festive fantasy.’