What It Is: For the past few weeks, stars have been experimenting with new ways to wear glittery eyeshadow— Suki Waterhouse and Elle Fanning took the sparkle off the lid and under the lower lash line and Hailey Baldwin added a hint of shine to her otherwise natural look. Suki’s makeup artist Wendy Rowe predicted glitter eye makeup would be a trend for the upcoming season and she was right: It was all over the runway during fashion month.
Who Tried it: Catherine Kast, Style Editor
Why I Did It: Not only am I a huge fan of Suki’s, but I am the type of girl who always picks a bold eye over a bold lip color. I was on the lookout for something fun to try since I’m already exhausted by quirky cat-eyes. It’s as if Suki’s look at the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies premiere leapt out of my dreams and onto the red carpet (Seriously, it’s worth seeing the whole thing head-to-toe). Once Elle Fanning showed up at the Saint Laurent show in L.A. just a week later trying the trend, I knew I had to get on it.
Level of difficulty: 3. Extremely easy to put on, annoying to get off.
Testing the trend: Suki’s makeup artist Wendy Rowe posted a tutorial to her website soon after the premiere, so I had a great starting point. But the biggest surprise was that Suki’s glitter isn’t makeup at all– Rowe’s only clue was that it’s a “special mix.” I had Martha Stewart’s 24-pack of glitter at home, and I borrowed some more super-fine glitter from a friend, who got hers at Michaels (I couldn’t find it on the site though, sorry!).
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The key to pulling off this look is an even, luminous base. I blended my usual foundations (Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat and Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation) with a few drops of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector highlighter in Moonshine for extra shimmer. Then I brightened up my undereyes with the Touche Eclat pen. I didn’t want to do too much concealer there because I knew the glitter was coming!
Rowe suggests “contouring the eye with natural tones,” so I used Youngblood Cosmetics Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quad in Timeless for some subtle definition. Then I lined my inner waterline with Anastasia Metallic Lustre Liner in Liquid Gold and used my regular black liner (Sonia Kashuk’s Eye Definer) on the outer rims and lash line. I didn’t get too obsessive with the liner because Suki’s wasn’t super precise and if anything, that added to the effortlessness of the look. So the lips don’t compete with the eyes, Rowe suggests a nude lip; Mine was Revlon’s Ultra HD Matte lip color in Seduction.
Then I mixed a few drops of my Shiseido eye serum with a small amount of glitter on the top of my hand and tapped it onto my undereye with my middle finger, careful to avoid getting any in my eye. Then I used my (clean and dry) pointer finger to navigate the glitter into a kind of triangle shape. I finished with a coat of Benefit’s Roller Lash mascara. Tip: Do your mascara last—after the glitter. On my first try I put it on before and I had glitter sticking to my lower lashes and ultimately ending up in my waterline everytime I blinked. Not fun.
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Verdict: I love it. I didn’t end up having an occasion to wear this to, but I think it’s just the right amount of sparkle for a weekend night out. I wore it to the grocery store on Sunday night and to the office one day just to see what would happen. Obviously glitter is not really workplace-friendly, but most of my colleagues didn’t even notice until they got within a foot of me. I don’t recommend swapping glitter for your usual concealer, but it does cause light to reflect off that area so any dark circles are minimized. It’s kind of a beast to get off: I used Ole Henriksen’s Melting Cleanser followed by an eye makeup remover followed by a wet q-tip to catch stray flecks. I feel like I was finding little specks of glitter in my clothes for days to come.
Also, I recommend being very selective with your glitter. My gold was a little yellower and finer than Suki’s and Elle’s, so it was hard to get the desired effect. And my liner was a cooler tone than I would’ve liked to match my glitter to.
My main takeaway is that you can achieve this vibe with products you already have and a little bit of craft-store glitter. The best part about it is that imperfections are totally fine here—you don’t have to be a makeup artist to make it look good!