All the Shine

All the Shine

Pretty glitter is this season’s biggest beauty trend, we find out how to wear it and still look like a grown-up

You’d be forgiven for thinking that glitter make-up is exclusively for the festival set or Jem and the Holograms. For many, the word alone is enough to conjure up Noughties flashbacks of shiny shoulders and molten midriffs. This year’s glitter, however, is decidedly grown-up: less spangle, more shimmer. And now there’s a myriad of ways to tackle the trend in a sophisticated and subtle manner.

First of all, be sure to take your cues from the catwalk rather than Coachella. Dominic Skinner, Global Senior Artist at MAC explains, “After years of no sparkle and shine, all of a sudden BAM! It was pretty much everywhere. And when glitter started getting used during Haute Couture Fashion Week, you really had to sit up and take notice.” From slick sequins at Dries Van Noten (pictured below right) and entire faces of glitter at Preen to shimmering eyelids at Stella Jean (pictured left) and glitter lips at Shrimps, the catwalks have been positively sparkling.

Oscar de la Renta’s AW18 girl had a sheer wash of pastel colour on her lids, finished with a tiny dusting of glitter in the centre of her lower and upper lash lines. That slightly tongue-in-cheek detail offset the simplicity of the neutral base and added a playful twist that’s easy to emulate at home. For a wearable look, try a slick of Urban Decay Heavy Metal Eyeliner along your lash line, and come nightfall, add an extra dot of loose MAC Glitter under your lower lashes. And this time around, shimmer isn’t just for the dancefloor.

“I love to add a flash of glitter in the centre of the eyelid nearer to the lash line,” says Skinner. “Colourless glitters, such as MAC Reflects Glitter, are great for this as they can go over any eye make-up. It’s an easy way to add a little sparkle to your everyday look.”

Alternatively, try a pressed shadow with finely milled glitter pigment for more of a metallised finish. Tom Ford’s first foray into sparkles is ideal: the new Shadow Extrême eyeshadows can be used either wet or dry to create two different finishes. Apply the shadow dry for a sprinkle of the shiny stuff that can be concentrated on the inner corner or centre of the lids for an eye-opening finish. Or use it wet to get an intense molten metal effect across the entire lid, studded with flecks of glitter. Don’t worry if it sounds a little too much – the rich, sophisticated pigment makes the result more Les Bains nightclub than local discotheque.

  • Words: Daniela Morosini