I have a love-hate relationship with purple eyeshadow. It's supposedly the shade for brown-eyed girls according to all those stupid "eye-color match" palettes and for awhile purple was my go-to makeup look until I just got sick of it. Too much of a good thing right? Well after a hiatus, purple and I are slowly becoming friends again, thanks to a plethora of gorgeous purple lipsticks and warmer purple shadows. Plus I just happened to have some loose glitter around that I've been wanting try, so presto magic-o, we have today's makeup tutorial!
I love just playing around with bolder makeup looks that I wouldn't normally wear and scaring Mr. Artist when he wonders what I've been doing in the bathroom for the past half hour. This purple inspired look was so fun for me to do and I love how it turned out, especially with that pop of glitter c/o the NYX Face & Body Glitter in Gunmetal.
A sparkly black with silver flecks, Gunmetal is the perfect accent to any smoky night look. This was my first time using loose glitter EVER so I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but I love how it kinda looks like a speckling of black stars on my lids. Next time, I think I'd like to try packing it on way heavier and denser and more centered along my lash line for a glittery cat-eye.
Now here's how to get this look!
In hindsight I should have started on my eyes first because damn is glitter messy!
- To do the eyes, apply your favourite eye primer. This will help extend the wear time and ensure your shadows apply true to color
- Apply a light pink-lavender shade all over your lid as a base. I'm using the shade Caregiver from the Tarte Tartelette palette
- Then apply a light taupe/purple shade from lash line to just above the crease. I'm using Natural Beauty, one of my favourite shades from the Tarte Tartelette palette
- Load up a dense short hair brush with a warm, yellow-purple such as Teeez Cosmetics Spectrum of Stars eyeshadow in Magical Fuchsia and apply on the outer corner and bring it up and through the crease (review of the shadow here!)
- Tap out some NYX Face and Body Glitter in Gunmetal into the lid. Spritz a stiff shadow brush with water or setting spray and then tap into glitter. Tap off excess and then tap onto lids as you like. I held a tissue under my eyes to catch any fallout
- Highlight like a disco ball by using a stiff tapered brush and a white-gold highlight like the first highlight shade from the Morphe 35F palette and apply to top of brow bones, inner corners and inner third of lower lash line
- Line lower lash line with a combination of Natural Beauty and Magical Fuchsia
- Line eyes with a thick slash of black liquid eyeliner. I'm using MAKE UP FOREVER's Graphic Ink Liner (review here)
- Curl and apply two of black mascara. I'm using the Stila Huge Extreme mascara
- Give yourself Insta-worthy cut brows by filling brows in heavier and more defined than normal to balance your crazy glittery eyes. I'm using my go-to, the Tarte emphasEYES Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse
Now it's time to get your skin flawless to match your eyes!
- Stipple a medium-full coverage foundation all over. I'm wearing here the Stila Stay All Day Foundation in Light (reviewed previously here). Set as you normally would
- Chisel like a pro with bronzer. I'm using the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow as my contour
- Warm up your cheeks with a subtle rose blush. I'm wearing the Too Faced Love Flush Baby Love.
- Highlight like crazy with a pearly highlighter to match that killer eye highlight! The silver baked highlight from the Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour palette (reviewed here) is perfect for this.
Last, but not least, finish it all off with lipstick! I wasn't going to go for such a matchy-matchy color at first, but I think this was such a fun pairing, so why not. Here I'm wearing the Revlon Ultra HD lipstick in Orchid, which is a gorgeous grape color.
This look wouldn't have been possible without the NYX Glitter Primer. This stuff is majorly sticky and is perfect for adhering glitter to your skin. I had no idea what I was doing so I applied this as a regular eye primer... which works, but I think by the time you apply your glitter, the primer has set a lot so it wasn't as effective. In the NYX tutorial, they recommend applying it just before you apply the glitter. Be warned though that this stuff is fairly white and semi-opaque, so be rather judicious applying and maybe apply with a brush instead of your fingers for maximum precision.
At only $6 each for the glitter or the primer, these options from NYX are a super fun way to get out of your makeup comfort zone! I'm definitely really curious now about the other glitter shades, such as Bronze, Violet or the holographic looking Crystal! You can find the NYX Face & Body Glitter and the NYX Glitter Primer at drugstores everywhere, such as my affordable makeup go-to, London Drugs.
I hope you enjoyed this look! What are your tips for applying glitter?
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