How to Apply Glitter - Tips & Tricks

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Apply Glitter

Share your best tips and tricks for applying glitter!  Feel free to share your first experiences, how you’ve grown, what you’ve learned, and what, ultimately, you found most helpful in learning how to apply glitter.  (And if you haven’t conquered it, hopefully some of these tips will help you get there!)

Temptalia’s Tips

  1. It’s more about the adhesive/base/medium you use with the glitter that will make or break it. Most glitters are not designed to adhere on their own!  You want a sticky base–my favorite is Lit Cosmetics’.
  2. Use a flat, firm brush without a lot of fluff, and then pat on the glitter where you want it. Avoid sweeping, which can cause fall out.
  3. You can use glitter liquid eyeliner painted over eyeshadow and the like to avoid the hassle of adhesives!
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– Pixie Epoxy! So far, this is the best sticky base I’ve used, although there are similar products out there (Darling Girl makes one as well)

– If your eyes are sensitive, keep the glitter away from the waterline and tearduct area, use only smaller-sized glitter when possible (under 150 microns).

– If your eyes are VERY sensitive, avoid PET glitter and go for natural glitter (Calcium Sodium Borosilicate) instead. Natural glitter tends not to have sharp edges and it bends when touched, so it’s less likely to scratch your eyes. They tend to be much finer than your average glitter, though! (more sparkle than glitter)

I actually like to use mac fix + to apply glitter, just spritz a little on your eye and pack on the glitter with a flat brush. i used to like eyelash glue, but its really messy to do, and if you dont take your time, it can ruin the whole look!

I like to use Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue Eye Shadow Primer or Hard Candy Glitter Glue. I also (as Christine said) like to use a firm brush or sometimes my fingers.

My way of doing it is just smear it on your eye like any other eyeshadow. If there’s fallout, just leave it wherever it is and put more on your eye because you can never have enough glitter.

Actually, when I’m performing in drag or working with a client who will be on stage, I tend to use good old eyelash glue. That way it’s sure to stay put and peels right off after! So in a pinch, a tube of Duo will never steer you wrong.

Am I the only one here who applies my glitter the way Jodie of Lit Cosmetics teaches? As Christine recommended, the Lit adhesive, Clearly Liquid, is amazing. I use the thicker round, pointed brush Jodie sent me and I dip this into the base, then roll this brush over the top of my glitter. Once on the brush, I tap the brush to make sure there is no loose glitter to cause fallout, and then I paint it on my lid in short strokes. The effect is gorgeous. 🙂

Sometimes I am looking for an all-over fine shimmer, like a hint of stardust in gold on a nude eye. I take Too Faced Glitter Glue and gently pat that all over the lid and above the crease with my finger, and then I use a stippling brush that has been tapped in something like MAC’s Reflects Gold, and I gently tap that all over the prepped space. It’s invisible, unless you hit the light.

I have MAC Pro glitters, but my Lit stacks are my favorites–I have a little more than 20 of these glitters. I used to have a few NYX glitters, but I gave them away. I’ve been wearing glitter virtually every day the past month; I think I need a 12 step program lol

Hi there! I liked your response and it sounds like you know quite a bit about the lit glitters. I totally want to buy some, however there are so many choices. I don’t know what size to pick or colors (they’re all so beautiful) I have the NYX glitters too and they seem to chunky. Would you please direct me on what is the best picks? as for size I want it to look glittery but I don’t like the big chunks and the way they feel on my lid. Thanks for your time 🙂

Hi Kelly!

Size 1 is dust, and has very little sparkle to it. Not my fave, but it’s OK for liner.

Size 2 is my #1 favorite, and I buy S2 almost exclusively. Depending on the color, it can run from a very fine cut to a slightly chunky cut, but no where near as chunky as NYX. For example, Creamy Caramel, Yoda, and Ella are all VERY fine but still sparkly, while a S2 Champagne Wishes, Dreamsicle, or Boogie Wonderland all seem almost a size 3 to me with more bling.

Size 3 is very pretty, and very flashy. More bling than S2, but and I’ve also had more fallout with S3 (only a little–I get no fallout with S1 & S2). A Spark-L duster works great if that happens, or just some scotch tape.

Size 4 is the “Diva” size, and I personally can’t pull it off. MASSIVE chunks of glitter! Oh my! Still pretty…

Personally, I found NYX to be closes to S3 in size, but it may be a bit larger; perhaps halfway between S3 & S4.

I believe S2 will make you the happiest! Even the ones that seem a tad larger than the cut should be are still much prettier than the NYX. You can also use the base with MAC Pro glitters, which are extremely fine–I would compare those to either Lit’s S2, or halfway between Lit’s S1 & S2.

Good luck picking colors, and have fun! Good glitter is always fun. 🙂

Oh, Kelly! I nearly forgot–I’m sorry! Picks for the colors are so broad, but I can tell you I have never met anything in the Gold category I didn’t love. Cher is also a great silver that is holographic. I would suggest you avoid any colors sold as “Neon” or “Electric” because they’re harder to work with, and not very sparkly. Also steer away from “Metallic” if you really want glitter, because Lit’s Metallics are not actually glitter. I love the shimmers, but only when I am going for a super scattered twinkle on the eye, but I buy mostly “Solid” because those are the true glitters, and they’re the ones you’ll want to paint on your lid or use as a self-made eyeliner. Color-wise, it is up to you; all the colors I named below are amazing. I also love Theodora (slightly chunkier than the S2 usually is), Rich & Famous, Hawaii 5-0 (shimmer), Barbie Shops (shimmer), and my favorite shimmer: California Soul.

HTH! 🙂

OH, almost forgot: if you do have any fallout problems, Scotch Tape is your friend! It just lifts it right up off your face while leaving foundation and other cosmetics intact.

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