While we all know about the metallic trend, there’s a festive classic that never goes out of style: glitter makeup. Whether you’re attending a virtual party or getting ahead on New Year’s Eve plans, the sparkling trend really takes the spotlight in festive months.  

If you’re tired of the same, glittering eyeshadow this year, our pros have shared their top tips for making a sparkling debut. The below techniques are perfect whether you’re a makeup artist or simply looking to try something new. With a fresh perspective on the glitter trend, these new approaches to taking your shine to the next level are sure to be a hit.  

Pure Pigment, Furore glitter makeup

When it comes to glitter, it doesn’t have to be as full-on as you may have previously believed. In fact, Head of Training Mel Barrese thinks there’s something to be said about an understated shimmer.  

Glitter doesn’t have to be maximum impact. Sometimes it’s good to add a subtle level of shimmer and dimension to a classic smokyeye look. After I’ve added eyeshadow, I like to lightly dust on some Pure Pigment with a fluffy blending eyeshadow brush. I wash it across the lid and up toward the brow for a soft level of glitter. For a slightly amped-up version, dust the Pure Pigment out towards the temples. What’s even better, you can pair this subtle glitter makeup with a bold lip to ring in the new year.” 

If you’re all about making a statement, there’s no better time of year to embrace glitter for a full-on, pigmented look. Head of Professional Development Frankie McKernon recommends calling in the big guns for your festive glitter look: Sealing Gel 

glitter eyeliner makeup

Whether you use it to create an ultra-pigmented glitter eyeshadow or to draw the metallic eyeliner of your dreams, this secret weapon will take any product to the next level, promising controlled application and unbeatable colour payoff 

I absolutely love mixing Sealing Gel with the Illamasqua Pure Pigments to create a waterproof metallic liquid. Use all over the lids with a smoky liner to create the ultimate party look or go for something more subtle like a liquid winged liner. With nine Pure Pigment shades to choose from these products are a must have for this season whether you’re staying in or going out!

Krista Thurrott

Krista Thurrott

Writer and expert

When I’m not writing or perusing the beauty section, I'm usually applying skincare or trying a new eyeliner. Most confident in minimal makeup with a bold lip, I invite you to join me on my journey to find the perfect mascara and red lipstick!