Photo: Carlyle Routh | Hair and Makeup: Jukka/design.me/Charlotte Tilbury/Plutino Group | Dress: Tiger of Sweden | Earrings: Le Chateau
Embrace bright shimmer and shine on your eyelids in this surprisingly grown-up beauty look.
The easiest way to add a twinkle to your eye is with a shimmering metallic shadow, which adds dimension and drama when lids catch the light. Keep in mind that when it comes to sparkle, pick one feature to highlight. If you’re going with glittery eyes, keep your complexion and lips shimmer-free. And to keep this look softly romantic, nix Technicolor hues in favour of earthy metallic shades.
Embrace the more mature version of sparkle for your eyes.
(From top) Sisley Paris Phyto-Khol Star Waterproof Eyeliner in Sparkling Brown, $70, sisley-paris.ca. Shiseido Aura Dew in Cosmic, $38, thebay.com. Smashbox Photo Edit Eye Shadow Glitter Trio in Total Scene, $26, sephora.ca. Make Up For Ever Star Lit Powder in Antic Gold, $25, sephora.ca. L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24HR Eyeshadow in Silver Sky, $11, shoppersdrugmart.ca. Clarins Gold Top Coat Mascara, $29, clarins.com. NYX Cosmetics Shimmer Down Pigment in Walnut, $8, nyxcosmetics.ca. Marc Jacobs Beauty O!mega Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Brav-O!, $36, sephora.ca. Kat Von D Metal Crush Extreme Highlighter in Gravitron, $36, sephora.ca. M.A.C Cosmetics Dazzleshadow Liquid in Blinking Brilliant, $28, maccosmetics.ca.
Depending on your eye colour, certain shades will make your peepers pop!
Blue Eyes: Opt for true yellow-gold shades that contrast your baby blues, giving you otherworldly deep-ocean levels of colour.
Green Eyes: Hazel and green eyes tend to have gold flecks, so choose shades that mimic those flecks (coppers) or contrast the green (rosy tones).
Brown Eyes: Pick silvery hues to complement your darker eyes. There’s
a big range for you here—any shade from platinum to gunmetal looks amazing.
Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Gold Goddess, $31, stila.ca. Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Tiger Eye, $17, thedetoxmarket.ca. Maybelline New York Eyestudio ColorTattoo Metal 24HR Cream Gel Eye Shadow in Silver Strike, $9, shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Glitter Versus Shimmer
The difference between glitter and shimmer is one of texture and size. Glitter tends to have larger sparkly pieces, which can offer a bit of a 3D effect, whereas shimmery finishes have smaller sparkly particles that have more of a velvety
texture. If shimmer is velvet, then glitter is sequins.
Tips From A Pro
Grace Lee, lead artist for Maybelline New York, shares her tips for embracing shimmer and shine—especially if you’re wary of the trend. Her own ethos?
“I’m all for it—as long as it’s in moderation.”
The Right Look: “Make the shimmer almost like a fairy dusting of product,” says Lee. Piling it on is opaque and too severe; instead, keep it sheer and build if you need to.
Glossier Lidstar in Cub, $22, glossier.com
The Right Application: “You want to make the glitter application the final step of your eyes,” says Lee. You may even want to apply your foundation after so that you can brush away any shimmery fallout easily. Lee recommends doing this with a clean spoolie brush.
Benefit Cosmetics Angled Brow Brush & Spoolie, $26, benefitcosmetics.com.
The Right Multitasker: For an even subtler, but still very modern, take on sparkle, switch up the placement. “Use it as eyeliner, or even a highlight in the inner corner of the eye,” suggests Lee.
Nudestix Magnetic Luminous Eye Colour in Copper Foil, $28, nudestix.ca.