New Year’s Day is not just another government holiday when you get the day off and know the mail won’t arrive. This is a day that symbolizes new beginnings, second chances, better health, and new looks. Celebrating the ringing in of a new year gives you the perfect excuse to wear cosmetic glitter in a way that looks appropriate and festive. Wearing glitter while celebrating on December 31 tells the world, “I am going to sparkle this year!”
Tips for Adding Glitter to Your Eye Makeup
Only use appropriate cosmetic glitter. When applying glitter as makeup, always keep in mind that you should only use cosmetic glitter or body glitter that is safe to use around the eyes. While some glitters are great for crafts, they may be created out of glass, which could scratch the lens of your eyes and possibly lead to an infection. Polyester and polymer glitters are good options for body glitter.
Method #1: Use a cream base for loose glitter. Loose glitter for the eyes is typically a fine, powdery substance that you apply with a cosmetic brush. There are a couple of ways to apply loose cosmetic glitter to your eyes. You can apply the glitter straight onto your eyes with the brush, like you would eye shadow. Or, for a more dramatic, shimmering effect, you can apply a base layer so the glitter has a place to stick. A good base to use is cream-based eyeliner in a dark or light color that you would apply with a makeup brush. After applying the eyeliner, dip a different, dry makeup brush into the glitter and pat it over the base. Then, use a thick makeup brush to lightly brush off the excess glitter.
When using cream-based eyeliner as a base for loose body glitter, you do not have to just line your eyes with it. Feel free to apply the base to your whole eyelid, outline the bottom of your eyebrows and so on. Experiment with the base and loose glitter to find a design you like.
Method #2: Use cosmetic glue for loose glitter. Cosmetic glue is another good way to make glitter stick to your eyes. Apply the glue with the included brush onto your eye. Then, use a dry makeup brush to apply the loose glitter to your eyes.
Method #3: Use glitter gel. Commonly seen during Halloween, glitter gel for the face typically comes in small tubes. The glitter pieces in the gel are usually larger than those found in loose cosmetic glitter and create a thin sprinkling of glitter when applied to the face. Glitter gel is a good option for those who want their eyes to sparkle, but not look like they are radiating with the lights of Las Vegas. Apply a thin layer of glitter gel over eye makeup, brush glitter gel over your own eyeliner or apply glitter gel over your eyelashes or brows for a subtle sparkle.
Method #4: Use eyelash adhesive. Perfect for applying a large amount of sparkly glitter on your eyelids, eyelash adhesive offers all-night durability. Use eyelash adhesive and a makeup brush to apply a thick line of glue over the eyelid. Let the glue sit for a few seconds until it becomes tacky. Then, dip a different makeup brush into some loose eye glitter and lightly pat the glitter onto the glue.
Method #5: Apply glitter to false eyelashes. False eyelashes are a great way to make your eyes pop and look dramatic. To apply glitter to false eyelashes, brush some glitter glue over the lashes using a disposable mascara brush so the lashes do not clump. Then, dip the lashes into some loose glitter you have poured onto a clean, small plate. You can then allow the glue to dry a bit or apply the false lashes to your eyes right away.
Method #6: Apply glitter makeup. One of the easiest ways to glam up your eyes for New Year’s Eve is to purchase eye makeup that already has glitter in it. The glitter effects will be more subtle than applying loose glitter, but you will still have a glitzy look. Apply the glitter makeup as you would any other type of eye makeup.
Once your glitter makeup is set, you’ll be sure to shine as brightly as the midnight stars with your touch of glitz and glamour. As the ball drops in Times Square and the champagne pours, you will be ringing in the New Year with sparkle in your eyes.