Oftentimes when we search for new makeup tutorials, we’re looking for classy looks that we can use on date night or subtle looks to help us get that everyday wear face. Occasionally, though, we get the opportunity to go out and really go wild with our look, meaning we can do whatever makeup we want! Naturally, being DIY and crafting enthusiasts means that glitter has a special place in our hearts, despite how utterly messy it is to work with. You might have guessed, then, that glitter also has a special place in our hearts when it comes to fun, extra creative makeup.
Check out these 15 amazingly (and surprisingly easy) makeup tutorials that will show you everything you need to know about creating stunning makeup looks using all kinds and colours of glitter!
1. Holographic silver and a black crease
If there’s one especially trendy thing right now that we might love just as much as we love glitter itself, then it’s holographic things. Imagine how excited we were, then, when we came across this tutorial for a makeup look using holographic glitter! Of course we’ll take the opportunity to cover our entire lids in something so wonderful and eye catching that it looks otherworldly. We love the way Chrisspy contrasts the glitter with a dark, quite solid crease that, even though it’s blended at the edges, gives the shining eye some definition.
2. Silver glitter, rhinestones, and a purple smokey crease
Is your glitter not quite as eye catching as the holographic stuff you see above, but you still want to make your look as attention grabbing as possible? Then create a similar eye shape with silver glitter all across the lid, a nice dark crease (we’re always here for purple), and a dramatic winged liner, but take things to the next level with rhinestones! Musely shows you how to carefully cover your lid and the inner corner of your eye with little sparkling stones using safe cosmetic adhesive.
3. Light pink and white glitter lid
Do you love the idea of a completely sparkled lid but you’d rather a lighter look that’s a little less intense around the crease area? Then check out this tutorial using white, light pink, or opalescent glitters and a blended crease instead! We love the way Pretty Designs lets the shadows and glitter sort of fade out from the lid in a light smattering. Add some little white or opalescent rhinestones at the inner and outer corners if you’re feeling really fancy.
4. Edgy glitter tears
Are you the kind of creative makeup lover and glitter addict who would rather use your sparkling makeup opportunities as a chance to get a little more wild and messy rather than keeping your glitter defined and controlled? Then check out the way jordanhanz created this unique glitter tears! You might not wear this look to work or school, but we don’t see a problem with letting people know just how sparkly you feel on the inside at your next birthday party.
5. Pink glitter lid with a silver glitter crease
When you hear the words “glitter” and “crease” together in one sentence, does your mind go to a completely different place than what we’ve shown you so far? Perhaps you took the terms more literally and actually pictured a crease made of glitter? Then we admire your style! This tutorial from Makeup Addicted will show you exactly how to create the look you’re thinking of. We love their silver and pink combination, but you could recreate the look in any colours you choose!
6. Glitter lined eyeliner
Are you intent on using glitter in your look but you’d actually prefer to keep it just a touch more subtle than some of the fully sparkled lids you’ve seen so far? Then consider just following the shape of your eyeliner with a neat stream of complementing glitter, just like Society 19 did here! We love the balance created by doing a bit of glitter in both the inner and outer corners.
7. Glitter outer corner
Are you browsing these looks and discovering that a few of them are almost what you’re looking for but not quite? Then consider blending a couple of the styles together to make a whole new eye design instead! Maddie’s Makeup Tips, for example, suggests brushing just a wisp of glitter into your crease starting at the outer corner, rather than painting a solid glitter line or padding it on all over. It’s the perfect compromise between the two.
8. Glitter lower liner
Do you have a favourite shimmery shadow that you love using on your lid and crease, and you find that it’s already got enough shine to it that you don’t need to add glitter over top? Then try complementing that shadow with a little brush of glitter underneath your eye instead! Makeup Geek tried the look here in gold and we think the effect is absolutely stunning.
9. Glitter inner corners
Perhaps you’re still looking for that perfectly subtle touch of glitter, but you’re not sure sparkling the outside corners of your eyes quite suits the shape? Try limiting your glitter use to just the inner corner along the bottom instead! This will give your eyes a bright look of intensity, like you see here with Stay Glam, but without going over the top.
10. Matching glitter nails and lips
We’ve talked a lot about glitter eye makeup so far (and we’re sure you don’t blame us), but your eyes certainly aren’t the only place where you can incorporate glitter into your beauty routine! Missjazminad suggests applying a healthy portion of holographic glitter to both your nails and your lips in order to really grab the attention of the people around you! You could let these two features stand out by doing a matte smoky eye alongside, or you could get completely wild and combine this look with the holographic glitter lids we talked about at the beginning of this list.
11. Black glitter lids and red lips
Are you looking for a way to add lots of sparkle but in a much darker and more sultry way than what you’ve seen so far? Then black glitter (which we promise is really a thing) is definitely the way to go. Black glitter might not look like much at first, or be immediately noticeable the way other colours are, but once the light hits your lids, your makeup will tell a whole different story. We simply adore the way Pausa Para Feminices paired black glitter with a deep, rich red lip here!
12. Green smokey eye and gold glitter crease
Do you have bright green eyes so piercing that you just can’t help yourself from emphasizing them whenever you can? Well, we certainly don’t blame you! This look from Polyvore is one more for your arsenal of green-friendly eye makeup techniques, particularly since the gold glitter crease will bring out any secret flecks or yellow or hazel you have hiding within your bright green irises. You sure won’t have to worry about people looking you directly in the eye, because that’s all people will be able to concentrate on all night!
13. Black with pink glitter centre
A dark black smoky eye is always fun, but sometimes it’s nice to add a little something to a classic look, just to shake things up a big. We love altering our smoky eye looks by putting a shock of colour right in the centre of our lid to really grab peoples’ attention! Pretty Designs agrees with our strategy but instead of just using a brightly coloured shadow, they’ve added a hot pink glitter on top as well! Pair it with a matching bright pink lip and voila- you’ll look stunning.
14. Black glitter wing
Have you fallen in love with the idea of using black glitter, but you’d rather get a little more avant garde with it than just smearing it all over your lids? Then use it in a more defined way by over-lining your black winged liner with a layer of black sparkle. Pretty Designs shows you just how effective the look can be if you pair it with a simple black to brown smoky outward fade.
15. Triple glitter lid
Are you so into the idea of using glitter that you’re actually having trouble choosing which colour and you’re considering going with more than one? Then we say go for it! Blog Lovin’ totally agrees, which is why they’ve got this tutorial to show you how wonderful blending three shades of glitter across your eyelid can look. It’s like you’re building the world’s shiniest ombre!
Do you have another favourite way to use glitter in your makeup but you don’t see anything quite like your signature style here? Tell us how you do it or link us to pictures of your work in the comments section!