After a few seasons of the natural, no-makeup look (with some Kardashian-Esque contouring and “strobing” highlights, because that’s unavoidable), the fall 2019 runways exploded with color and shine. The biggest trend: Glammed-out glitter, a clear nod to the disco era. And while a little glitter has always been a thing for the girl who likes to stand out, we’re looking at glitter going from sideshow to the main event, liberally covering the eyes and lips in far-out shades—fuchsia, jet black, shiny silver—no color is exempt.
Makeup artist Lavonne says, “With shows like HBO’s Euphoria, glitter looks are becoming more ubiquitous and experimental. Makeup is about your interpretation and what you feel comfortable with. It doesn’t have to match and can be abstract. Use different colors, add dots, use it as a decal, do a geometric shape.”
Lavonne gives her tips on how to get your sparkle on, along with some recommendations for the best glitter makeup to try this fall.
We’re seeing glitter eye shadow over the full lid, swooping out into wings. You need something as a base so it adheres: glitter glue, gel or cream. Lemonhead makes several kinds of glitter pastes and balms that stick and are safe for putting around the eyes and on the face—in colors that pop. If you want to be a bit more subtle, glitter eyeliner is always an option.
The thing to know about glitter lips is that it’s intended to be a look—a rad look. But there’s a cost—you won’t be able to eat, drink (unless it’s through a straw) or make out with someone all night, Lavonne says. Ciaté London lipstick goes on as a regular one does, and when you rub your lips, the glitter activates. Amazing, right? Otherwise, you can always press whatever glitter you like onto your lipstick.
“I think glitter looks really good on flawless matte skin. But dewy, lit-from-within skin is also a great base for glitter. I don’t think there are many rules to makeup anymore. People are breaking all of them,” Lavonne says. “Be you and do you! My only advice is to make sure you highlight in the right places: The high planes of the cheekbones, the bridge of the nose and the Cupid’s bow of the lip.”