For perfect party eyes . . . go glittery!

December 8th, 2009

Glitter Makeup Tutorial

At party time, glitter is a girl’s best friend!

For eyelids that sparkle like shiny disco balls, watch the video tutorial and follow the step-by-step instructions below:

The lowdown.

Makeup artist tip! To make eye makeup application easier, keep your eyes open, tilt your head backwards (to stretch the skin on your eyelid taut) and look into a mirror.

1). Begin by creating a base. Prime the eyelid and the area beneath the eye with concealer(a), and to ensure it stays put, dust on a layer of loose, matte powder(b).

2). Blend a powder eyeshadow(c) over the eyelid.

Makeup artist tip! To make gaps less noticeable, choose a shade which complements your choice of glitter.

3). To give the eye extra oomph, take the eyeshadow(c) underneath the eye and blend it along the lower lashes; then, work a black eyeliner pencil(d) across the top and bottom lash lines, and along the upper and lower inner rims.

4). For a fan-like flutter, apply two coats of black mascara(e) to the lashes.

5). Dip a flat, synthetic eyeshadow brush(f) in glitter glue(g) and press it over the eyelid.

Makeup artist tip! Avoid the lash line, as the adhesive can sting if it enters the eye.

Glitter Eye Makeup

6). Pick up some glitter(h) on the same brush (as used in Step 5) and, using the flat side, pat it onto the eyelid. Keep adding more until you build up the desired intensity.

Makeup artist tip! To prevent fall-out onto the face, hold a folded tissue below the eye with your free hand. If, despite your best efforts, you still get specks of glitter on your cheeks, don’t panic. Simply use a clean mascara wand to remove them. Swipe the brush over any stray glitter particles and it will pull them from the skin without ruining your foundation. Clean the brush by running your fingers over the bristles, and then repeat the process if necessary.

Glitter nails

Coordinate your look … wear matching eyes and nails!

For disco-licious fingers and toes, simply add glitter to clear nail polish and paint it on.

It’s time to rock the party, gals!

Shopping list.

(a). Concealer: Benefit Boi-ing.

(b). Loose powder: Shu Uemura Face Powder Matte in Colorless.

(c). Eyeshadow: From the Benefit Smokin’ Eyes kit.

(d). Eyeliner pencil: From the Benefit Smokin’ Eyes kit.

(e). Mascara: Benefit BADgal Lash.

(f). Flat, synthetic eyeshadow brush: The Body Shop Eyeshadow Brush.

(g). Glitter glue: Glitter Glue by Ben Nye. Buy it online from: or

Party makeup

(h). Glitter: M·A·C PRO Glitter in 3D Silver. Other alternatives: Fardel Loose Glitter in P05, and Ben Nye Sparklers in Silver which can be bought online from: and

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31 Responses to “For perfect party eyes . . . go glittery!”

  1. Deana says:

    Love the bright color! Adding your twitter… nice site.

  2. Little Miss Makeup says:

    Thanks, Deana :).

  3. Sophie says:

    Hey Little Miss Makeup 😉
    I’m curious to know what brand is the base grey color on the glittery make up tutorial?

    Thanks in advance


  4. Little Miss Makeup says:

    Hi Sophie :)

    The eyeshadow is by Benefit Cosmetics. Please refer to this post for details: Smoky Eyeshadow: Forever Fashionable.

    LMM x

  5. Makeup By Lady Jae says:

    This is a nice technique, thanks for sharing.

  6. Little Miss Makeup says:

    You’re welcome, Lady Jae. Thank you for your comment :)!

  7. Jade says:

    This is fantastic, I am so going to give this a go :). Could you use clear eyelash glue instead of the glitter glue?

  8. Little Miss Makeup says:

    Hey Jade! If you don’t have any glitter glue, clear eyelash glue should do the trick. Let me know how it goes :).

    LMM x

  9. aisha says:

    Hi, my name is Aisha and I’m also a make up artist. I use glitter with a kryolan product “sealer”, it is a bit expensive but I really like it.

  10. Dara says:

    Hi Little Miss Makeup,

    I was just wondering if you knew where I could get the Ben Nye Glitter Glue from in Canada? I’ve looked on quite a few Canadian websites and I can’t find it anywhere :(

    Thank you!

  11. Little Miss Makeup says:

    Hi Dara :)

    Unfortunately I don’t know who stocks Ben Nye in Canada. If you click on the link in the post, it will take you to an online stockist who ships worldwide. Hope this helps!

    LMM x

  12. Jaclyn says:

    This looks so pretty, I can’t wait to try it. Such great posts, they do a good job of explaining everything.

  13. OMG that MAC 3D glitter is to die for! I’m so getting that this week for my big New Years date ;0)

  14. Little Miss Makeup says:

    Thanks so much, Jaclyn. This look is perfect for the party season. If you try it, please let me know how it turns out.

    LMM x

  15. Little Miss Makeup says:

    Go, Lipstick Diva! Your date will be dazzled! Have fun!

    LMM x

  16. Monica says:

    OMG, this is pretty. Could you do a tutorial on red glittery eyes and lips? I am doing a talent show this year and I want to shine. I am also a first time makeup user (I am 14) and need a little head start on my looks, could you give me some help? And one last thing, I also want to grow my eyelashes, could you give me some tips on that too. Thank you!

  17. Little Miss Makeup says:

    Hi, Monica. To get red glitter eyes, simply follow this tutorial and substitute the silver glitter for red. Then, complete the look with a sparkly set of Glitter Lips. The best way to learn how to apply makeup is to read my blog and watch my videos, then practice, practice, practice! There are many products on the market that claim to enhance lash growth, but I haven’t used any of them. My top tip for longer-looking lashes is to use an eyelash curler before you apply your mascara. Hope this helps.

    LMM x

  18. Shay says:

    Hi, my name is Shay, and I am wondering how I should remove the glitter and glitter glue.

  19. Little Miss Makeup says:

    Hi, Shay. It does take a little bit of effort to remove the glitter and glitter glue. To wipe it off, use a milk cleanser or oil-based eye makeup remover and cotton pads. Then, clean your skin with a facial wash and warm water. Finally, pick up any stray glitter particles with a clean mascara wand or sticky tape. Hope this helps!

    LMM x

  20. Shay says:

    That’s too much to do. Is there a way I can just apply the glitter so that it goes on heavy like yours without using glitter glue?

  21. Little Miss Makeup says:

    Hi, again, Shay. This is the only way I do it, but if you have some eyelash adhesive you could use that as a substitute for the glitter glue. If you go to the comments page on YouTube for the video (, about 20 comments down someone suggests using chapstick instead of glitter glue. That might be worth a try!

    LMM x

  22. Shay says:

    Okay, one last thing… is there anywhere I can purchase the glitter cheaper and in different colors. Also, do you know anything about NYX glitter?

  23. Little Miss Makeup says:

    Hi, Shay. Sorry, I’m not sure where you can buy cheaper glitter, and I’m only familiar with the brands I’ve listed above. The only advice I can offer is for you to search on Google or YouTube for possible alternatives. Good luck!

    LMM x

  24. Little Miss Makeup says:

    Thank you, Smashinbeauty.

    LMM x

  25. Annie says:

    Any American options?

  26. Little Miss Makeup says: is based in the US.

    LMM x

  27. Amanda says:

    Glitter is definitely my favorite color! This is amazing. Thanks so much! :)

  28. Little Miss Makeup says:

    Thanks, Amanda. Glitter is certainly lots of fun!

    LMM x

  29. Jay says:

    Will it work with just a shadow primer?

  30. Little Miss Makeup says:

    Yes Jay, but make sure it’s dry before you apply the glue. Blocking down a layer of eyeshadow in a shade that matches the glitter is a good way to minimize gaps.

    LMM x

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