If you’re all about achieving that KiraKira shimmer in real life, we’ve got two words for you: glitter eyeshadow. Nothing makes your look sparkle like a wash of glitter over lids, and despite what you might have been told, it’s a trend you can work every day – not just at weekends. In fact, we’re raising the game when it comes to glitter eyes, swapping subtle blocks of super-sparkly colour for graphic pink accents, electric blue wings and veils of cool copper. Get your glitter game strong with our guide on how to apply a high-shine shadow, give it a major twist and make it last from morning ‘til night… or night ‘til morning.
How to Apply Glitter Eyeshadow
You know the saying ‘never let anyone dull your sparkle’? That applies here. To make your glitter eyeshadow seriously stand out, always prep lids with a dot of a concealer, like Match Perfection Concealer. This will neutralise shadows and ensure the pigments look bold and beautiful.
Speaking of pigment, have you tried Wonder’Swipe 2-in-1 Liner to Shadow yet? If glitter eyeshadow is your goal, it’ll get you there with zero drama. The high-impact, liquid formula glides on as a bold eyeliner at first, but when you swipe it with your finger, it transforms into a show-stopping shadow that doesn’t budge. There are 16 shades to play with, from rose gold My Bae to bold blue Don’t Be Shook, and – trust us – if you love ultra-pigmented colour, you’re going to be hooked.
Now you’ve got the prep and the product down, keep scrolling for four ways to upgrade your glitter eyeshadow, whether you love a feline flick or geometric shapes…
1. Winged Glitter Eyeshadow
She who dares, wings - so, brave a bold eye look with this electric blue, glittery shadow wing, drawn on using Wonder’Swipe in the most aptly-titled shade, Cool AF. Starting from the centre of your upper lash line, draw a neat, thick flick that points up to the end of your brow. Lightly smudge colour up onto the eyelid for a soft, sooty effect. Then, apply liner from the inner to the corners of your eyes along the lower lash line, gently blending again to achieve the smokey eye of dreams.
Dress It Up: Why stop the drama there? Break the rules and team bold eyes with even bolder lips by veiling your pout in Stay Satin Liquid Lipstick in the scarlet shade, Redical.
2. Bronze Glitter Eyeshadow
If trends like sunset eyes, non-touring and strobing are your usual vibe, this bronzy, coppery, shimmery wash is definitely for you. Created using Wonder’Swipe in So Savage, it’s a minimal take on glitter eyeshadow, but still bold enough to make a majorly mesmerising statement. To get the look, frame your upper and lower lash lines with the radiant, rusty shade, adding a dramatic wing at the outer corner of your eye. Then, use your finger to gently blend the colour outwards, extending it beyond the crease and towards the temples. Finish with two coats of mascara.
Dress It Up: Let your glitter eye shine by teaming the look with a blotted-on nude lipstick. One with a toffee tone will complement the bronze on your lids, so try Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Moca or Lasting Finish Lipstick in Birthday Suit.
3. Geometric Glitter Eyeshadow
Graphic eyes are everything right now. Get yours looking fierce with Wonder’Swipe in My Bae, using the very point of the brush to draw on geometric shapes. The trick here is to experiment, adding triangular and diamond accents to the outer corner of your eye, the brow bone or just below the lower lash line. Combine with some subtle tighlighting – a technique that sees liquid or pencil eyeliner etched close to the upper lash line to instantly make your eyelashes look full and voluminous.
Dress It Up: Balance the boldness of the pink with a sweep of bronzer just below cheekbones. Kate Bronzing Palette holds three golden shades, so you can custom-blend a tan that looks totally natural. If you want to boost that sun-kissed glow, add a little to the top of your forehead and the bridge of your nose, then tap Good to Glow liquid highlighter over the high points of your face.
4. Helix Glitter Eyeliner
It’s not technically a glitter eyeshadow look, but helix eyeliner is hitting fever pitch right now, and Wonder’Swipe’s sparkly formula is perfect for helping you try the trend. Use the midnight green shade, Out Out, to draw a classic flick along the upper lash line. Then, make it pop by gliding a second line in a zig-zag shape through the end of the wing.
Dress It Up: Go gothic-glam by teaming the glittery green with a vampy purple matte lipstick. Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Urban Affair is the perfect blend of beautifully bold and seriously sultry.
5. Pink Glitter Eyeshadow
Obsessed with blush tones? Experiment with a pale pink glitter eyeshadow, like Wonder’Swipe in the shimmery shade YASSSS. Apply in a cloud-like shape, swiping the liquid pigment from lash line to brow bone, then adding a little extra to the inner corners of eyes and the lower waterline. Tap to blend with fingertips, then get those lashes looking flames with major volume. We love zig-zagging Wonder’Luxe Volume Mascara from root to tip for a plumped-up look.
Dress It Up: Brush up your brows with an eyebrow mascara, like Wonder’Full Brow, then glide a pinky nude lip gloss over lips. Oh My Gloss! Lip Gloss in Glossaholic teams flawlessly with pink glitter eyeshadow.