14 Totally Unapologetic Ways to Wear Glitter This Season

Rachel Krause
14 Totally Unapologetic Ways to Wear Glitter This Season
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Being a polished adult is cool and all, but seizing any opportunity to wear a bit of glitter on your face is way cooler. The holidays are the perfect time to ditch understated, sensible shades in favor of looks that are generally only acceptable when you’re being “festive.” Christmas parties, New Year’s Eve—now’s the time to get in the spirit, and what better way to do so than by leaving no fleck of glitter behind?

The good thing is that recent runways have taken shimmer to the next level, schooling us once and for all on how to wear it like it’s a cool-girl accessory rather than a one-note look more fit for a club girl or a Disney princess.

We’ve culled these 15 ideas straight off the runway for some major inspiration. With so many ways to wear glitter, how could we possibly go wrong? Spilling the jar. That’s how.

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Mix metallics and full-on glitter for a cool mixed-media approach to texture. Use a seriously pigmented cream shadow, like Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow ($32), as your base, and use your fingers to press Sephora Collection Midnight Magic Face and Body Glitter Pots in Rose Gold ($18) on top.

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Skipping mascara makes green-tinged gold glitter surprisingly wearable—and the color works on all complexions, to boot.

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Dabbed in the inner corners and the center of each eyelid, chunky gold glitter is an unexpected way to define the eyes in place of liner or mascara.

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A sheer wash of opalescent shadow all the way up to the brow bone is so pretty. Try Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in 81 Fantasme ($36) for a similar effect.

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Paired with fresh, clean skin and a sculpted yet natural brow, a thick coating of chunky silver glitter almost seems subtle. Almost.

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So modern! Break out the straight-up cosmetic glitter, like Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Glitter ($14), to create this graphic look. Pro tip: Use Vaseline as a base to keep everything on the up and up.

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A greasy black cat eye framed with tons of gold glitter leaves no drama to spare.

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Why use highlighter to "brighten up the face" when you can use silver glitter to shine a spotlight on it instead?

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So. Damn. Pretty. Pair a creamy dark brown matte shadow with a layer of gilded glitter over top—Too Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Collection ($36) contains nine perfect shades to mix and match.

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Yes, you can wear silver sparkles with a red lip. Just keep everything else clean, and you're golden.

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When glittery shadows will not suffice to make a statement, tiny crystals definitely will. Use a bit of lash glue adhesive to keep 'em in place if you're brave.

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Further proof that glitter can actually look soft and romantic rather than flashy—just add a peachy lip color to tie the whole thing together.

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Yep, this is happening. Arm yourself with lash glue, a tweezer for precision, your run-of-the-mill craft store sequins for a glamorous look that we can guarantee no one else will be wearing.

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Skip the standard lid placement and go for the brow bone instead. All you need is Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner ($20), which has a super fine-tipped brush, and a steady hand.

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