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Glitter Makeup Trends

Apr 23, 2012

Are you ready to shine? How about adding some glitter to your everyday makeup routine? As we all know, the 80s are way over (no matter how much your parents talk still about John Hughes movies or try to get you to listen to New Wave music) but some of the hottest trends are back. No, we're not talking about giant shoulder pads or chunky plastic dangling earrings. It's glitter, and it could be even hotter than ever! For evidence, check out Katy Perry's bright blue lips from her 2012 Grammy Awards performance.

Go Glitterlicious

Glitter can cover any surface that showsGlitter can cover any surface that showsCourtesy of Elle
 

If you are looking to bring down the house, here's a great recipe for a glitterlicious look:

Lips: GlitzyLips rub-on foils

Eyes: Urban Decay Heavy Metal glitter eyeliners, paste on glittery false eyelashes and apply multi-purpose glitter over eyeshadow primer on eyelids.

Cheeks: Use a cream blush and then dust multi-purpose colored glitter over it. 

Hair: Lightly mist hair with water and have a friend sprinkly multi-purpose glitter on your hair.

Body: Apply a light moisturizer or body spray to moisten your skin, then sprinkle multi-purpose glitter onto your neck and decolletage (* that's a fancy word for cleavage).

 

Or Just Apply a Moondust Glow

Taylor Swift often adds shimmer to her evening makeup kitTaylor Swift often adds shimmer to her evening makeup kit
 

On the other hand, to add some glitter to your makeup bag, you don't have to bling up your look! In fact, the folks at Glamour magazine are quick to point out that a little glitter can give your dressed up look a sparkly boost, but they caution aspiring divas not to overdo the glitter or you run the risk of looking like a walking disco ball. Ouch!

Here's a how-to for the light glow of moondust (all available at Claire's or from most makeup companies like CoverGirl):

Eyes: Shimmery cream eyeshadow

Cheeks: Powder blush with shimmer

Nails: Nude nail polish with shimmer

Lips: Sheer glitter lip gloss

 

The Tools

Multi-Purpose Glitter

6 NYX Glitter on-the-go Multi-Purpose Glitter6 NYX Glitter on-the-go Multi-Purpose GlitterCourtesy of Amazon

Over eyeshadow: Use eyeshadow primer as a base, then apply a small amount of glitter to your makeup brush and pat, don't rub, onto your eyelid. 

Over lip gloss: Apply lip gloss, then dust loose powder around your lips to keep the glitter inside your lip line. Dab a small makeup brush into the glitter, then pat it onto your lips.  

Body, hair and face: For longer-lasting glitter, lightly mist your hair, body or face with water. Shake a small amount of glitter into the palm of your hand and have someone blow it onto the area you want glittery. Or, dab a makeup brush into the glitter and then gently dab it onto the area you sprayed with water.

Where to find it: Sephora's exclusive brand, Make Up For Ever, features glitter in 14 bright metallic colors. You can also find multi-purpose glitter online at Amazon.com.

TIP: Always apply glitter a little at a time. It's easier to add more instead of removing when you put too much on.

Rub-on Foil

GlitzyLips lip foil tattoosGlitzyLips lip foil tattoosCourtesy of Glitzy Lips
 

Katy Perry's electric blue lips had everyone talking after the 2012 Grammy's. Her secret? Glitzy Lips. Not a stick or a gloss, it's a foil that you can place anywhere -- your nails, lips, eyes and face. Other brands of lip foils or temporary lip tattos are Trendy Lips and Violent Lips.

Where to find it: GlitzyLips.com and Amazon.com.

Light Shimmer

Shimmer and glowShimmer and glowCourtesy of Claires and CoverGirl
 

Most makeup companies feature a line of light shimmer makeup. 

Where to find it: Claire's stores and CoverGirl feature makeups that shimmer in several color palettes, or visit a Sephora or Ulta store near you for a wide range of shimmery products.

Have Your Say

Do you glitter a little, glitter a lot or just go for a natural glow? Comment below and share your sparkle!

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PARTYHAT
PARTYHAT posted in Family Issues:
hey,  im so sorry about that, but one thing this reminds me of is my grandpa. he passed away when my dad was 12 years old and i never got to see him, he sounds soo nice. keep going  :thumbsup
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Littkekawaiiigirl
I have a friend, she was so nice and funny when my best friend and I met her on the first day of school. As months passed she started getting annoying. The way she texts, acts, and talks is starting to get annoying. Then she is becoming such a drama queen now. What should I do?
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Kirsteeeeen
Thank you for sharing something that has helped you cope with loss, and I'm sorry that you lost your friend and had to go through the grief and pain. I don't know what it is like, but I know there are a lot of people who do and would appreciate that you shared that way of coping. I hope that you are continuing to find more ways to deal with it, and don't forget those good memories you have with her. They'll always be yours to cherish.
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Kirsteeeeen
Hi Wonderfulcalico, I'm sorry to hear you're in such a bad situation. It must be tough, and it must be having a profound negative impact on you and those around you. It sounds like your mom has some things she needs to work out. But know that this behaviour from your parents is not okay. You shouldn't have to be subjected to this type of environment, which is toxic for your health physically and mentally. It also sounds like it is physically dangerous and it is making you live in fear, which is not okay. It is NOT your fault. If you feel that you are being abused, please get another trusted adult involved. Don't act on things that make you feel unsafe or confront your parents directly if you know they will act in a dangerous way. Your safety is number one. Try contacting another adult such as a teacher, a nurse, a doctor, a worship leader, social worker, child protective services, or call the police. Remember that 911 is also an option in any emergency, and that includes yourself being in danger from physical abuse. You can also call Your Life, Your Voice at 1-800-448-3000 , message them online, or even text them, or contact another local help line that you know. Please take care of yourself and stay safe. I know you may not want to do any of these things, and it's okay to feel that way, but also remember how important your safety is and make that a priority. 
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KayKayZ
KayKayZ posted in Friends:
Hmm, okay, well I'll try to give you the best advice that I can, Error. So you say you don't like your friend for a number of reasons: Liar, bad influence, uses swear words, too blunt, etc. I feel like some of these could be over-looked, such as the swearing and the 'bad influence' part. Really, all you have to do is just not copy her actions, and they won't be influential at all. If you disagree, it shouldn't be hard to just refuse to follow in her steps. However, lying isn't the best quality I would look for in a friend.  She doesn't seem like an enjoyable person to be around in general, which is why you are making this post, obviously. But I'm gonna ask you something here. Don't you think that, in a way, you're lying too? You're pretending to be her friend solely for purposes of monetary value because, I assume, your family cannot pay for or get you to gymnastic class themselves. If this is true, that's kind of bad, isn't it? It sounds like, to me, that your friendship isn't exactly a healthy relationship at all. But I'm gonna sympathize with you, since I know gymnastics must be important to you, and you wouldn't be doing this if you didn't have a good reason. So, what should you do about it? Well, personally I think there are a few things you could do. You could stop being her friend, therefore no longer having to deal with her; but in the process lose access to your gymnastics class and have to look for it in another way. On the flip side, you could continue to put up with her, which would probably not be in your best interests, but you'd still get to attend your class. Or, you could try talking to her about it. Ask her what she really thinks of your friendship, if she actually values you as her friend. Maybe you two can talk about problems that you're having with each other and work on fixing them. This option could have negative effects, since she might want to stop being your friend or things could become very awkward after that. But it's probably your best bet to be honest with her, as you'd hope she would be with you. How about if you tried being really nice to her? Kindness is contagious, and perhaps if you treat her well enough, she'll start doing the same to you. I feel like maybe if you complimented her, told her things that you really like about her, maybe even got her gifts or made her food once in a while, that she would come to appreciate you and all that you do for her. And in turn, she might start to respect you more herself, and become a good friend. That's about all I can say. If you're close enough with her mom, maybe you could even try asking her about her daughter and see if she can give you any advice. Hopefully that helped in some way, but if it didn't, maybe it at least made you think? I hope your problem gets resolved, Error, and you can be content with the outcome of it. :-)
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