If you think anything like most people, you assume that eye glitter and shine is just for the club or Mardi Gras. This is not necessarily true, and a little sparkle goes a long way. Now that we have spent some time conquering the basics, it’s time to take it up a notch. So grab some eye glitter and sparkles and let’s get started.
All that Glitters
There really is nothing quite like a good glitter look. A subtle shine will do for daytime and then rock a one eye special at night. By now you should have come across some great eyeshadow palettes that include some shades with glitter. For a choosing a day look, it really depends on where you work or what activity you are going to be going to. As much as we might wish, every look does not belong everywhere. You do not want to show up at the office looking like you’ve been at the club all night.
However, if you are for the sake of argument, a bartender; you can easily amp this up to create a standout look. Once you have defined the crease and applied eyeshadow on the lower lid, apply on the lash line on the upper lid as well. You do not have to use the same color. This is a great work look that has great oomph without being overdone.
So your basic steps are:
1. Choose your eyeshadow – a shade with a subtle glitter and shine that will enhance the lid
2. Choose the color for crease definition – usually a darker shade – you don’t need to apply heavily during the day, but at night you can rock it all out
3. Slide a bit of the crease definition color to the lower lid as well – for a bit more oomph apply lightly at the lash line on the upper lid
Now taking things from our basic steps, we can start to get serious about our eye glitter. Just like a regular eye shadow, eye glitter can be found multiple ways as well.
Loose pigments, gems, and jewels- Just like loose powder. Can be used with powder or cream shadows to create a great look. I have a preference for the loose pigments. Just a few taps over a primed lid or a subtle color and I am good to go.
Pressed- Just like regular eye shadow. Glitter can be found in 1 or 2 colors together or on nice size palettes with a variety of colors. This is great for those just trying out eye glitter. Very easy application, especially since you now know all about pressed eye shadows
Crayon- Just as the name implies. Very easy application and awesome when all you want is a bit of sparkle in certain parts of the lid
Just so you know, glitter shadows can be used in lieu of regular shadows or in conjunction with them. Once you get the hang of your chosen preference; believe me when I say with a bit of practice all that glitters will be your eyes.
Oh, the looks you can create for your eyes with a few simple or exotic looking eye jewels and crystals. From the bashful bell to the queen of the crowd, you’l find pretty much anything to suit your taste. Like so much of the eye candy we have already discussed these can also be found in a few varieties:
Pre-organized kits – now these come in two different ways. Either a full eye/face pack or in single strips. What I like about these is that they are organized so that you know how the look is supposed to be when you finish. Not to mention the adhesive stripes are easy to apply with fingers or tweezers.
If you are going to go with loose gems for your look; I would suggest laying out the design you want to create so as not to get lost during the application. These are easily found at Michael’s or your next best craft store.
Loose gems and jewels and pigments- to me these are both the easiest and the hardest to use. They allow for maximum flexibility with your look, but requires lots of creativity to use effectively.
Now depending on the steadiness of your hands, you may choose to have a friend help you do this the first few times. I only suggest this as a way of you being able to blame them when the look doesn’t come out right. Just kidding, we know your friends want you to look good at the party. So, for once in your life don’t necessarily adhere to the basics. Get out there and liven up your look with all that you have learned and with the practiced hand you’ve gained.