Using Glitter to Make Your Makeup Pop

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If you’ve ever been looking for ways to take your makeup up a notch, you’ve probably seen the idea of using glitter. Glitter may seem cut and dry; after all, it’s merely something to put on your skin, right? The truth is that there are many intricacies and nuances to using glitter in your makeup. Although it may seem like only the pros can manage to put together a gorgeous glittery look, you can do it at home, too. Try these tips and infuse a bit of glam into your makeup routine.

Subtle Glitter Eyeshadow

This is one of the easiest ways to add glitter to a makeup look. Some eyeshadows are a bit shimmery, while others have genuine glitter to them, even if it’s toned-down glitter. If you want to glitter a little, but you don’t necessarily want to glitter so much that you’re drawing attention to it, then a glitter eyeshadow can be your new best friend.

Glitter-infused Sunscreen

Yes, it’ a real thing. Many sunscreens add non-irritant glitter to their formulas, and best of all, it doesn’t decrease the efficacy of the sunscreen itself. This is the perfect option for people who can’t get enough of the sparkle but don’t want to show it off in their makeup cabinet. Of course, if you do decide to pair it with another glitter look, you’ll surely be the star of the show. Find a glitter-infused sunscreen to sparkle all day long.

Glittery Eyeliner

With the uptick in glitter makeup popularity has come an increase in makeup items that use glitter, and eyeliner is one of them. You can definitely use some tricks to create a glitter eyeliner look using regular eyeliner and body-safe glitter, but some companies create eyeliner that goes on smooth and dries with a sparkle. These glitter eyeliners are a great option if you want to add some quick shine to your everyday makeup without having to delve into loose glitter.

Cut Crease with Glitter

Cut creases are a huge look, but have you ever considered cutting that crease with glitter? Glitter cut creases became big in 2016, and ever since, they’ve been the perfect way to add glitter to your look with elegance and style. This tactic also gives you the opportunity for some strategic color matching. Outline a colorful eyeshadow with a silver or gold glitter, or turn the tables and use a wild glitter color to add some spark to a muted eyeshadow.

Glittery Lip Look

Most glitter tutorials focus largely on eye makeup when it comes to glitter, and for good reason. After all, glitter eye makeup can be showstopping. However, you’d be remiss to leave lips out of the equation. Glitter lips aren’t for the faint of heart. They’re eye-catching and will make an impact on everyone you come across; if you’re out on the town or going to a party, glitter lips can change the game!

Galaxy Glitter

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Many glittery looks only use one color of glitter, and that tends to be because it’s a bit difficult to blend different colors together. However, once you get the hang of using glitter, find some galaxy glitter looks and go to town. You can create a galaxy look by blending multiple glitter shades together. Although those shades usually stick true to the style’s name by incorporating blue and purple, they can be whatever color you like. Try shades of pink and gold for a rose gold blend, brown and beige for a neutral tone, or gold and silver for a metallic sheen.


The world of glitter makeup is vast and a bit intense. If you’ve never tried a glitter look, it may feel scary to take your first step. After all, what if it doesn’t work out? The good thing about makeup is that if it doesn’t turn out how you want, you can wipe it off and try again. However, if you notice that you’re a natural pro, feel free to follow that path by getting some information on how to do it professionally. With the cosmetology program at Ogle School, you may be able to turn that natural talent into a full-time career doing something you love.

About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.