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Grown-up ways to use glitter

Grown-up ways to use glitter
Our magpie-like ways mean we’re all attracted to glitter, but it can be difficult to know where to draw the line without appearing like an out-and-out disco ball. With a little know how, glitter (especially ethical, biodegradable types) can be introduced into your beauty regime with ease…

Ombré glitter nails

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Perhaps the simplest way to add glitter into your outfit, the ombré nail has become a huge trend across salons and in shelf-ready polishes. For a sophisticated look, the key is in choosing a finely milled glitter—look closely at a nail polish formula before buying, or if in doubt, make your own with a clear varnish and package of cosmetic glitter.
To achieve an ombré effect, start with a sympathetically coloured plain varnish, then apply your glitter in gently-increasing layers. Cosmetic sponges can be helpful for this if you’re not sure on the application.
Remember to apply a topcoat when you’re done to avoid shedding, and always file your nail first for a professional, even manicure.

Sparkly smoky eye

Used liberally on the fashion week catwalks, a sparkly eye is a clever subversion of the traditional smoky eye, tapping into the cosmic galaxy trend that echoes the disco-ready make-up of the 70s and 80s.
To achieve this look, go about your normal smoky eye application but switch out your greys and browns for glitter-golds, dusky blues and purples, remembering to blend right around the corners. Cream eyeshadows are great for easy blending and won’t cake in any eye creases.
Finish with a liquid liner for contrast, and keep the rest of your make-up minimal to allow the eye to take centre stage.

Feline shine

For something more daytime-appropriate, glitter eyeliner is a useful summer addition to every make-up bag. Use as you would a regular eyeliner, or experiment with different shapes—the “negative space” hooded liner in gold makes a real impact, as does a watery blue, applied just below the lash line.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with colours—emerald green looks great on a pale complexion, whereas highly-pigmented yellows and blues suit warmer skin. You can also blend colours too, just make sure you have a steady hand!

Glitter lips

A serious showstopper, glitter lips aren’t known for their practicality, but they certainly make an impact.
Make-up artists tend to use a regular lipstick before packing on finely-milled glitter and sealing with a topcoat, but for those not keen on the mess, there are plenty of lipsticks on the market with a glitter shine built in.
NYX and Urban Decay both feature an abundance of glitter-inspired products, featuring reflective particles that attract the light, giving the effect of high-shine.
Be sure to buff any dry skin and apply lip balm before getting stuck into the glitter to avoid irritation and slippage.

Useful Products to Try:

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1 – Wunder2 Glitter Gelly, £14.95
2 – Rimmel Nail Varnish, £2.99
3 – NYX Glitter Gel, £6
4 – Eco Stardust Biodegrable Glitter, £6
5 – Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner, £11.50
6 – NYX Shimmer Down Pigment, £6
7 – Too Faced glitter Pop Peel-Off Eyeliner, £16
8 – Essie Glitter Polish, £7.99
9 – Stila Eyeshadow, £23
10 – Mac Dazzleshadow, £16
11 – Barry M Glitterdust, £4.59
12 – NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil, £5.50
13 - Mavala Nail Polish, £5.20
14 – Barry M Glitter Fix Gel, £5
15 – Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette, £56
16 – NYS Shimmer Down Gloss, £6