Tasteful Glitter Makeup Application

Helloooooo ladies! New Year’s Eve is upon us and if you’re like me, your first instinct is to take a bath in sparkles and bounce into the party like, HEY Y’ALL I’M HERE AND SHINY!!! But let’s be real – we aren’t teenagers and a tasteful glitter makeup application is in order for all of us self-respecting women out there.

To be clear – I DO think you should wear glittery, shimmery, sparkly makeup at whatever age you like! I simply have a few simple tricks I recommend to pull it off maturely.


First things first – go EASY on the glitter. A little bit goes a long way. Chances are when you’re applying it, you won’t be able to see the full extent of it’s glorious sparkle-appeal from your head-on angle in the mirror. This does not mean you should keep applying until you can see it. This will take you way over the line of acceptable glitter application.

Trust in the sparkle. It’s there. I promise.

Second – there are two types of glitter I like to use – a gel and a shadow. This tutorial shows both, but if you’re a glitter-beginner, try one or the other!

  • Gel – This is best for a light application because the glitter is suspended in the gel and you can distribute it evenly. Here I’m using the Makeup Forever Star Lit Liquid – available at Sephora.
  • Shadow – This is best for creating a smoky eye and is much more of a commitment in terms of obvious makeup – but it can be so much fun on a special occasion. I am using one I got on sale for $5 at Sephora this week in Midnight Madness.
  • One product I stay away from are pots of powder glitter because they are harder to apply evenly.


I only apply glitter in these three places: a touch on the cheek bones to highlight, a little on the lips for shimmer, and some on the brow bone to lift the eyes. These are the three places the light is going to snag the sparkle for maximum impact!

Put a touch of gel or glitter powder on your fingers, and GENTLY apply using a tapping motion to blend. Remember – DON’T keep applying until you can see it. It’s there.

Tasteful Glitter Makeup Application


My other favorite way to wear glitter tastefully is via a smoky eye. I apply a dark glittery shadow all over the lid and BLEND IT until the cows come home. And then I blend some more. Remember from my recent everyday makeup tutorial that I also take a little shadow on my pinky and drag it along the lower lash line to complete the smoky look. I also add a black liner and then dab more glittery shadow on top of it.

Wipe the excess debris from the shadow and liner application using a touch of powder on a powder brush. Add a sheer gloss, some mascara, throw on your tasteful NYE outfit and call it a night!!

Tasteful Glitter Makeup Application

Shadow: Midnight Madness Sephora // Gel: Makeup Forever Star Lit Liquid // Gloss: Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker // Liner: Lancome Liqui-Pencil //Mascara: L’Oreal Lash Paradise // Blush: Clarins Bronzing Duo (c/o) // Brows: Glossier Boy Brow

And, here we go in my quest to create better video content – a new one demonstrating this whole tasteful glitter application is here! I took some of your feedback and am going to keep improving with each one!


  • Krystal Butherus

    I love this makeup! You make it look so effortless! You did a great tutorial!

  • shoshana sue

    Thank you for these simple and easy-to-do tips! I really need these ideas going into the new year, I have to try and make it beautiful and effortless like you have with your make up!

  • Haha! I’m one of those people who will use glitter at any age! I used to joke that I was going to be 70 and still wearing glitter. This looks very beautiful on you. Hope you have a great New Year!

  • I am so not a glitter person but occasionally the occasion calls for it! I love your dark smoky look and a little glitter definitely adds to that!

  • You look amazing! I love glitter, but try not to let myself look like a disco ball. There is a balance for sure and you nailed it!

  • I used to be very much into glitter. So much so that I had glitter specks everywhere. This is a really nice look for you!

    • Haha – my husband doesn’t love the glitter specks I leave in a trail behind me but I can’t help myself with the sparkle!

  • I love glitter! But too much of it on your face can look really bad. I think your tips are perfect, a little definitely goes a long way and I really like that smokey eye look!

  • Laura Raymond

    Glitter with a smokey eye has always been my go-to NYE look! I’ve never tried the Makeup Forever Star Lit before but that might have to be a last minute purchase this year!

  • Reesa Lewandowski

    Your makeup is on point! I remember back in the day when I went overboard with glitter, I had no idea what I was doing LOL!

  • Bee K

    I need to learn to apply makeup! It’s so subtle and such a great look on you!

  • Brianne Manz

    I just love glitter makeup and never knew how to apply it. These are great tips and I’m so going to try for New years!

  • Carolyn

    I have never seen the gel before. I may have to try it for New Years Eve. I’ll try to apply like you did.

  • Kimberly Lewis (Lou Lou Girls)

    this is such a pretty look and applied the right way to can be used for so many events. thanks showing us the best way to do it!

  • I love glitter makeup, but rarely have the chance to wear it! I had no idea how to apply it, love these tips!

  • Maria Katsulos

    I love this look! Normally when I have glitter as part of my look, it’s in a highlighter, but your glittery eye look is sooooo nice!

    • Thanks, Maria! I’m going to venture into highlighters soon because I haven’t mastered them yet!

  • Oh wow! Your makeup is flawless! I love that it doesn’t look flashy at all, just perfect!

  • Ut Minh

    I really lack understanding of makeup. You are so wonderful, I need your advice to make this new year. Thanks!

  • This looks like so much fun! Glitter can be great but certainly overdone and tacky if you’re not careful. You look so pretty with just the right amount of glitter!