Glitter Eyes for Grown-Ups? Why, Sure! Here’s How to Do It …

Tue, 27 November 2012 10:15AM

Here at PRIMPED, we don’t like to be ageist when it comes to makeup. Regardless of what we (or any beauty book, blog or expert, for that matter) tell you, the real rule about whether something is right for you is this: If you look in the mirror, and you like what you see – be that green eyeshadow or orange lipstick – well then, go the heck for it!

We women are our own worst critics, after all, so we tend to know what suits us best.

But, as we come into summer party season (hurrah!), with makeup getting brighter and blingier by the day, the PRIMPED team got to talking about glitter. In particular, glittery eye makeup. And who can best pull it off – and where.

A 20 year old model on a catwalk? No problem.

A thirty-something at a Christmas party? Why, yes.

But add a few years to the sparkle-loving candidate in question … well, it might just be wise to hang up a proceed-with-caution sign.

See, the thing is, glittery bits can fall into, ahem, crevices, where they go on to catch the light and draw all and sundry’s attention to the fact that said crevice most certainly is there.

That’s possibly why glitter particles are few and far between on the faces of celebrities who are aged over the big 3-oh. That’s not to say that maturity and glitter are mutually exclusive though! Because look at some of the gorgeous stars who have showed off some sparkle lately:

Malin Akerman, 34


Kylie Minogue, 44

Sarah Jessica Parker, 47


The moral of this (pictorial) story? The more years there are between you and 30, the more you should go for finer glitter particles, and apply fewer of them. Basically, you want to keep glitter away from any crinkly areas (of which, of course, we have an increasing amount with age).

As you can see from the photos above, eye glitter is best dusted over a surface of smoky shadow, and it’s most flattering in a cool tone. Namely, silver. Not, say, fuchsia pink (which doesn’t even look good on tweens, face it).

You can, however, go for a golden hue, if you’re warmer-toned, as the ever-beautiful Michelle Pfeiffer, 54, shows here:

But, again, go for a finer sparkle if you’re more Michelle’s age group (try M.A.C’s Reflects range, available at selected M.A.C stores and counters). Alternatively, dab on a metallic or shimmery cream eye shadow (we love Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadows, $50, from selected department stores); you won’t get a super-sparkly effect, but you will see a gorgeous golden gleam, plus the dewy texture will be well suited to your on-the-dry-side eye contour skin.

As for the rest of your face? As Michelle & co show, you should pair a glittery lid with flawlessly applied foundation – preferably in a velvety finish (a glimmery complexion would only get too competitive with your eyes) – and nude-hued lips.

Other Great Glitter Tips

  • Always apply glitter eye makeup first. That’s because, if there’s fall-out, you can easily clean it up.
  • If any glitter ends up on your foundation, simply remove it with some sticky tape.
  • To baby-step into the look, take a liner brush and apply glitter along the lashline. To make sure it stays put? First line the upper lashes with eyelash glue.
  • Can’t do glittery lids? Dab a little loose sparkle on the centre of your lips to make them appear instantly more voluminous.
  • Failing that? A glittery nail is an easy way to get the look. Don’t miss our how-to here.

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  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Tue, 27 November 2012 10:56am

    How gorgeous is malins sparkles around her eyes, i love the darkness paired with a silver sparkle. And kylie looks stunning as usual.
    Ive worn glitter around my eyes since i was 13, and yes even at school. I just love sparkles and make up that catches the light around my eyes.
    I love your advice on applying glitter make up first so you can easily take away the excess that falls on your cheek, i find using a soft powder brush is best to brush it away.

  • Posted by: Mampha Master Fan // Tue, 27 November 2012 12:11pm

    I’m so glad for this… I have received a couple of glitter products with recent beauty sub boxes, and whilst beautiful, I am too cautious to go for it and use them :D

    If you do a great application of anything, you can get away with a lot, but I am looking so tired and saggy around my eyes at the moment I really wasn’t game.
    But these beauties certainly don’t look like mutton dreesed up as lamb with the glitter look… so I must tackle it and take the plunge methinks!
    At the least…the Smalls will be delighted :D

  • Posted by: melg Master Fan // Tue, 27 November 2012 12:11pm

    Such good timing, I’ll be pulling out the glitter for an Xmas party this weekend.

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Tue, 27 November 2012 01:17pm

    they all look great

  • Posted by: Tina-1291133452 Master Fan // Tue, 27 November 2012 01:29pm

    i love these looks! i have always avoided applying glitter to my eye makeup, but seing these pictures makes me want to apply some right now lol

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Tue, 27 November 2012 01:35pm

    Love the idea of using sticky tape to remove the glitter particles that fall on my cheeks! Thanks! I’m not afraid of glitter but stick to subtler shades of it and only for evening wear.

  • Posted by: misschris Master Fan // Tue, 27 November 2012 03:19pm

    I love malin akerman’s look the most, it’s very pretty without being over the top.

  • Posted by: Jensta Master Fan // Tue, 27 November 2012 04:11pm

    I am not a glittery or sparkly fan, so I think I will stick with what I know. Malin Akerman looks gorgeous no matter what her makeup is doing.

  • Posted by: Gloss_Geek Master Fan // Tue, 27 November 2012 06:04pm

    Kylie’s make-up is flawless, Love her earrings!

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Wed, 28 November 2012 02:50pm

    wow they all look amazing but especially malin akerman :)

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Wed, 28 November 2012 04:14pm

    some great tips here, don’t have any glitter products in my makeup collection to try this

  • Posted by: allybutler19 Enthusiast // Wed, 28 November 2012 05:25pm

    My mum absolutely loves to use glittery makeup and damn she can pull it off. I on the other hand am a little more cautious :s

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Thu, 29 November 2012 02:06pm

    Kylie Minogue looks super pretty with her sparkles! I like to use a glitter eyeliner gel in a very dark grey over the top of my usual black eyeliner for a hint of sparkle!

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Fri, 30 November 2012 02:20pm

    I have a few lightly glittered eyeshadows, these are a great way to wear it, nicely!

  • Posted by: MissJo Devotee // Mon, 3 December 2012 11:14am

    Oh, how I love glitter!! I fall into the older category so I avoid eye shadowy glitter, but I lurve spray glitter in my hair! It’s dark, and I usually save it for Christmas time (it’s a rule in my house that thy shall :
    1) wear something sparkly
    2) wear some form of glitter on Christmas Day.
    Guerlain brings out special ed glittery powdery magical elegant -shall I go on…spray atomisers that are the bomb!
    And if ever any visiting kids scrape a knee, it also doubles as”fairy cure-all glitter”
    Pony up ladies!

  • Posted by: karleymichelle Enthusiast // Mon, 3 December 2012 03:13pm

    Applying eyeshadow first is a great tip. I always do my eye makeup first so I dont get fall out all over my makeup.

    I’m not too sure about glitter on older women? It shows up the wrinkles more, you can still highnight without a glitter.

  • Posted by: bluebird Master Fan // Mon, 3 December 2012 07:45pm

    I do love a bit of bling, especially on my nails..and even though I am over the big 3 0..Some very useful tips for us more mature beauty lovers!

  • Posted by: glossed Master Fan // Tue, 4 December 2012 08:18pm

    I love glitter, especially around Christmas! Glitter nails, glitter shadow, gimme gimme gimme!

  • Posted by: Bantam Master Fan // Thu, 6 December 2012 01:24am

    They look great, but I’m still not a sparkle person .It’s soo difficult to remove!

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Fri, 14 December 2012 01:07pm

    I love the glitter eyeshadow look, it takes me back to the 2000′s!

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sat, 23 February 2013 12:04pm

    i love, love, love glitter eyes

  • Posted by: alanakateh Master Fan // Fri, 26 July 2013 02:10pm

    I love glitter – will try to recreate Malin Akerman’s look on Saturday night I think!

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Mon, 16 September 2013 07:29pm

    I like a little glitter eye shadow sometimes, I don’t over apply it though because it can look a little much.
    I love glitter nail polish and I love glitter in hair.

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