After breaking down how to get rid of extra glitter last week, I thought I should do a little something about how to get glitter ON your eyes, cheeks, or anywhere on your face.
It looks pretty, but it’s impossible to make glitter in it’s purest form stick on your face. That’s because there are no binding agents in it, unlike regular eyeshadows or pigments. So, how do you get this flashy goodness to stick?
The solution is easier than you’d think. In order to make sure glitter adheres to your skin, you need to use a medium that will have a bit of “slip” to it, something the glitter can grip on to and that won’t fall away from you.
Here are some products I have used to make sure my favorite glitter colors last all day (or night!):
Glitter: MAC’s Rockin’ Orange (a LE color from years ago)
MAC’s Mixing Medium (available through MAC Pro) – this stuff is excellent! Not easy to access, but worth hunting down.
MAC’s Fix+ spray – Fix + is a multipurpose Godsend. Contains glycerine, which is what lends the slip. To use for glitter application, spritz a teensy bit on the back of your hand, and then apply to your lid with your finger or a brush.
Petroleum jelly – Cheap AND it works!
Duo eyelash glue – For HARD CORE glitter application only! Not the easiest thing to remove, so beware.
Here’s all you really need to know about glitter application, no matter which product you end up using: Use the SMALLEST amount possible. Just a dab. Half of a dab, even. A little bit goes a long, long way, and if you apply too much it’s going to end up making a huge mess.
For this breakdown, I used petroleum jelly.
Step 1: Do your eye makeup as usual. Use your finger, or a brush, to apply a teensy amount of your adhesive product to your lid. Make sure to keep it away from your crease, things could get messy there, too!
Step 2: Dip your brush into the glitter. Just a teensy bit, you can always go back and grab more glitter later.
Step 3: Lightly pat the glitter on to your lid. Apply more as needed.
Voila! Super easy, and YES, this will last on your lids.