I am headed to viva Las Vegas this week and the first image that immediately pops in my head when I think Vegas is things that sparkle, like GLITTER!! Now I don’t condone wearing anything super glittery when it comes to makeup at my age…hello 37 just recently! It can tend to look costume-y and like you traveled back to 5th grade when you were first allowed to wear makeup and you went straight for the glitter! But there IS a way to wear the shiny stuff and still look like a grown up…
Before you can even start thinking about applying the glitter stuff, you have to get this e.l.f. Glitter Primer, $2. You read that right – only 2 bucks!! It has been a saving grace for me and keeping my glitter where I put it. There’s nothing worse than wearing glitter and it traveling down your cheeks and also landing on your upper lip where it doesn’t belong!! I have found regular eyelid primers just don’t cut it when it comes to holding onto thicker glitter particles. Once you’ve got this cheapo product under your belt, here are some tips for keeping it looking chic instead of childish…
1. Choose your glitter color wisely : If you’re older, go neutral with your glitter. Golds, silvers (yes I consider these tones neutrals), champagnes, and khaki (color I’m sporting here is an old one by MAC). Ditch the teals, hot pinks, and emerald greens, unless you’re performing on stage at the Mirage or something:) Makeup For Ever makes some good high shine glitters here as does Bare Minerals if you want a more subtle glitter with their glimmer shadows.
2. Go slooooow : I mean in terms of application. After you apply your eyelid primer, wait about 30 seconds for it to dry a bit on your lid then start applying your glitter. I like to use my finger, dip into my glitter tub, and start pressing it into the center of my lid first then working my way out. You’ll probably find that after you have just a bit of sparkle in the center, that’s good enough. I then apply a matching neutral shadow around the rest of the eyelid or in the crease. If you want to make it a bit more dramatic, use a small tipped makeup brush dipped in the glue, drag along lower lash line, let dry for a few seconds, then add the glitter.
3. Keep the rest of your makeup at a minimum : Let your sparkly eyes do the talking and the rest of your cheeks and lips take a backseat by being not super sparkly either – choose a matte blush and then a lip color with a hint of color and shimmer like this L’Oreal Pro Last lip color in “Neverending Nutmeg.”
4. Getting rid of the glitter : I use this Target knockoff of my fave Neutrogrena waterproof eye makeup remove. It works like a charm.
Do you do the glitter thing or do you think it’s for showgirls only?