Who said you can’t wear glitter after New Year’s Eve without being accused of having the taste of a teenage girl? Forget about glitter being strictly reserved for the holiday season. We’re calling it the new winter staple. Put away the predictable glitter polish (yawn), and replace it with glitter lips or a glitter cat eye. Cause, baby, you’re a firework.


By Sabrina Rinaldi


Line lips with a dark lip liner like MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Dark Out ($24). Fill in lips with a matching dark lipstick like MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Sin ($20). With a small stiff brush, gently tap darker glitter on the perimeter of the lip. Being very careful to stay within the lip line, fill in the inner part of the lip with a true red glitter to give dimension to the lip.

To remove any excess glitter that falls onto your chin, use a delicate tape (like green painter’s tape) to lightly tap at the glitter and pick it up with the tape.




Curl lashes and apply two coats of mascara like Benefit They’re Real! Tinted Primer and Mascara ($31). Have your glitter set aside and pre-mixed. For this look, I blended three different glitters—black, purple, and opalescent—for dimension and variety.

While the mascara is still wet, use a stiff bristled small brush to gently tap the glitter on the top and bottom of the upper lashes. You can also do the same on the bottom lashes for a more intense effect. Glitter on lashes is a subtle, but fun way to play up your makeup look during the holidays.




Create your shape with a black kohl liner, like Sephora Collection Long Lasting Kohl Pencil ($13), and fill in the entire shape with black. Next add something with a bit of tackiness to the black eye makeup like Nars Lip Gloss in Triple X ($33). Be sure not to use too much; you just need a touch to help the glitter adhere.

Next mix up two-three different glitters in whatever colours you like, and press the glitter on top of the shape created by the eye pencil. Again, be careful with your application, so the edges are sharp. Remove any fallout with painter’s tape or lay a tissue under your eyes to protect your face from glitter fallout. Once applied, it will last all night.




As your base, use your favourite cream eye shadow. For this look, I used Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in Warm Beige and Pink Beige ($28). Blend eye shadow up to the crease. Next, smudge some Sephora Collection Long Lasting Kohl Pencil ($13) into the water line and lash line. Blend for a smokey effect.

Once complete, take your glitter blend (for this look, I blended five-six different shades in the copper family) and tap on top of your cream shadow base. I like to extend some random glitter above the crease to soften the look and ensure no hard edges. You can also apply glitter below the eye, under the lower lashes, for a very dramatic look. Finish off the look with an intense coat of black mascara. Again, to remove excess glitter fallout from your face, use painter’s tape or protect face with a tissue.


Photography: Alex Evans
Makeup and Hair: Sabrina Rinaldi
Model: Bojana Reljic at Elmer Olsen


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