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.