The best ways to wear glitter makeup this New Year's Eve

The best ways to wear glitter makeup this New Year's Eve

Shine bright like a diamond

Text: Renée Batchelor

Image: Instagram: @voguespain

Glitter makeup has had quite a year in 2016, crossing the line from tacky to edgy thanks to brilliant, new iterations. Here are the best ways to wear this trend the cool girl way

Glitter. It's a makeup trend, a bad Mariah Carey movie and a lifestyle all in one. And while glitter has reached new heights in 2016, there's still a right and wrong way to wear this bit of sparkly goodness. The wrong way? To go heavy handed and emphasise more than one feature. We advocate the less is more approach, by strictly sticking to one part of your face at a time. As to how to get it right, here are some handy hints on modernising your glitter makeup for New Year's Eve, so when the ball drops at midnight, it won't be the only thing shining.

Glitter over smoky eyeshadow? Why not. At Saint Laurent's show in Los Angeles, actress Elle Fanning did a rock n'roll spin on the trend, with smudged out black shadow, gunmetal glitter under the eyes and gold glitter on the lids, contrasted with a fresh complexion and bitten, berry stained lips. The unusual combination instantly added a grown-up edge to the ever-youthful Fanning.

Elle Fanning
Suki Waterhouse used glitter under the eyes as tear-like accents at the premiere of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The Burberry model was perhaps drawing inspiration from Burberry's FW16 makeup that used glitter speckled down the lower lashline almost haphazardly, eschewing the idea that glitter had to be precisely and symmetrically applied. On a bare face sans blusher and with super pale lips, the glitter — along with Waterhouse's signature bold brows — was the main event, but was still subtle enough not to smack you in the face.

Suki Waterhouse
A new trend that's emerging is #glitterstrobing where instead of illuminating with just a shimmery cream you use glitter as well. To achieve this look, start with a strobing or illuminating cream and then apply glitter on top of it, focussing on one area of the face like the cheekbones, cupid's bow or eyelids, so as not to go too disco ball.
We tried it out at Make Up For Ever's counters and we think this is something anyone can rock. While you may not want your lips to be as intense and red as Naomi Campbell's, you can opt for other shades like silver or clear holographic glitter or apply it more sparsely, for a more wearable take on the trend. Invest in a makeup setting spray to place and 'hold' the glitter in place and you're ready for a night of champagne and dancing.
Naomi Campbell