'Tis the season to sparkle and shine. And if your engagement party (or any other couple-focused celebration) is happening around this time, all the more reason to wear shimmery beauty products. Was that a gasp we heard fall from your lips? Don't be afraid. We promise you won't look like an eighth-grader or a '80s club kid. Glitter makeup can actually be chic when done correctly. Follow our tips for grown-up ways to get your glitter on.
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Go for Glow Not Gaudy

"The goal of glitter makeup should be to give your skin a healthy radiance," says New York Makeup artist Elaine Madelon. This means using a light hand when applying. "Being subtle with how you wear glitter is a sure sign of sophistication." Stellar makeup brushes will be your best friends when it comes to moderation application.

Pick Your Spots

Balance is everything. "Choose one feature to use glitter on and downplay the rest of your look," advises Madelon. This means if you're adding shimmer to your cheeks, keep your lips and eyes sparkle free.

Be Color Conscious

One way to avoid looking like a disco ball is to steer clear of confetti-like colors in favor of soft shades that complement your complexion. Opt for warm metallic-like bronze, copper, and rose gold or pretty pastels with a hint of shine. Make Up For Ever offers some of the best. These tones are great for layering or can stand alone, lending a flash of light to nude skin.

Say Eye Do

The eyes are usually the easiest to experiment with. "The lids are a good place to start with a little sparkle shadow," suggest Madelon, who is a fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills shades. For a slightly more edgy look, highlight the inner corners of your eyes, which will make them look more open. You can also ease into a shimmer situation with glitter-flecked liners-try Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils. They're simple to use and can be worn with just black mascara.

Order Lip Service

Play up your pout with a shimmery topcoat over your lipstick. Keep things grown-up by choosing cool shades (plummy or rosy), matched with a fine-textured glitter gloss. Another option: "Fill in your lips with your normal liner and use a sheer shimmer gloss over it," suggests Madelon. "You'll only need a little, centered on your bottom lip then rub it in." Bobbi Brown Illuminating Nudes Lip Gloss offers translucent shine with a smidge of color.

Get Some Bronze Ambition

A swirl of powder bronzer on your cheeks will give you a gorgeous flush. Choose a color that's one shade warmer than your skin tone. Start with a dust at the top of your forehead, then sweep it along the bridge of your nose, cheeks, and jawline. You can also use bronzer to enhance your cleavage. "ColourPop Cosmetics is cool brand that offers fun shades," she says. "Many of their products have a subtle shimmer texture that is very wearable."

Make a Show of Hands

If you're really not ready to take on shimmer makeup, we suggest nailing the glitter trend with a sparkly manicure. A luminous take on the classic French is a nod to tradition with a fun twist. Get you hands on sequin–hued varnishes from brands like Zoya, Dior, and Essie.


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