I don't know what's happened to me, but over the past year, I have become obsessed with glittery eye shadow. I love how impactful one swipe of it is and rarely wear any other eye makeup now because of it. Although I've been rocking sparkly lids since June, there's no better time to really embrace the trend than the holidays.
To wear it, I have two foolproof ways of applying the product. If it's during the day, I follow my makeup routine as normal. I apply a small amount of concealer under the eyes, bronze up the hollows of my cheeks, apply a slight amount of Glossier's blush, follow my Glossier brow routine, and turn to my eyes. Curling my lashes for a few seconds on each side, I then grab the product with a brush (so it's less pigmented) and coat the lid once. I apply my ILIA mascara and am ready to go to work! If I'm going out, however, I wear a lot more makeup. After completing my face and brows, I coat my lid with Tarte Shape Tape to act as a lid primer. Going into the shadow with my finger, I apply several layers until I get my desired amount of glitter and pigment. When you have a bold eye, all you need is a slight gloss or balm to finish out the look! Here are my top 6 eyeshadows I've had on repeat all season long (in no particular order):
When my best friend gifted me this palette for my birthday, I actually screamed from excitement. Kathleen Lights has been one of my favorite Youtubers for as long as I can remember. She keeps it real, avoids the millennial drama that runs rampant on the site, and creates makeup looks that I actually would wear. Her newest palette with Colourpop, a brand I'm absolutely obsessed with (but more on that later), is the largest palette available from the brand, with 30 pressed shadows for only $39. Each color is incredibly pigmented and impactful on all different skin tones. In terms of the glitter colors, I've been dying over Topaz, a chunky gold glitter, Opal, an iridescent, chunky glitter, and Peridot, a luxe, festive green. These are probably the least subtle shades of the entire palette, but that's what makes them so fun!
Shoutout to Emily for influencing me yet again with these chrome paints. Tarte has long been a favorite of mine, but I'd never seen these loose powders in the wild until Emily wore them to the office! Don't let the loose formula intimidate you—when applied with a brush, these powders go on so smoothly they almost feel wet. The color is so pigmented that the rest of your makeup can be incredibly basic- it's that impactful. I really love Caramel Apple, a rose gold hue, and Park Ave Princess, a glistening gold, but I've been experimenting with this budget-friendly holiday collection and have found Wild at Heart perfect for recreating Gigi Hadid's incredible opalescent look.
Are you sick of makeup being expensive? Yeah, me too. That's why I literally fell in LOVE the day I discovered Colourpop, a cruelty-free, made in L.A. brand with the best formulas in the game. At only $6, the super shock shadow will become your new go-to. The formula is a pressed creme, so when you go to apply the product, it has a jelly texture under your finger. What's so incredible is how many different colors they can get in one product. My So Quiche shade is a smoky purple, green, and gold sparkle that blends together perfectly. I also love Nillionaire and Ritz.
I've spoken about my love for Glossier time and time again, but I truly have gotten more use out of these glitter pots than I could have ever imagined. Even I would arguably avoid wearing these during the day since they are very bold, but the chunky glitter really creates a statement. I sometimes even wear it as an eyeliner topper. You can't go wrong with all three shades (Bijoux Bijoux, Glass Bonsai, Firewalk), and I haven't since I bought all three...
I forgot why I even bought this product, but I'm glad I did. The fine applicator allows for more artistic design on the lid, whether it's as a topper or pure liner. I wear the shade Zap, and I swear it never, ever budges from place.
Like all Charlotte Tilbury makeup, this is the priciest product I own. A true creme shadow, the pot is full of a super pigmented shadow that complements your natural beauty. I own it in Star Gold (and a few non-glitter options like Jean), and I keep layering the product depending on how much impact I want. Pro-tip: I recommend wearing this shadow on top of a primer or concealer base as it can crease without it!
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