Glitter makeup has never been so chic or so mainstream! The once theatrical look has moved from the runway to the red carpet to ready-to-wear, thanks to the abundance of beauty brands and beauty influencers that support this trend.

But keep in mind, glitter isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s an eye-catching look that requires proper tools and techniques to correctly position the glitter and keep it there.

Here’s a breakdown of the tools and techniques you’ll need to perfect all the 2017 #glittertrends:


Glitter Strobing

Take strobing the next level with a sparkly accent.

+ Prep your skin and apply any coverage and cheek color you prefer. Layer a luminizer (like MAC Strobe Cream) over the tops of your cheekbones with your triangle foundation brush, then use the round side of your miracle complexion sponge to roll the cream into the skin for a gilded finish.

+ For a concentrated level of glitter, press a loose glitter (like MAC Glitter in 3D Platinum) onto the tops of cheekbones with your expert concealer brush. For a more diffused application, press on glitter using your setting brush.

Glitter Eye Shadow

Try a metallic glitter eye shadow for a sophisticated evening look.

+ First, give the glitter something to stick to by applying a cream shadow (like MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Rubenesque) over the lid with your deluxe crease brush. This will also create a more 3D effect.

+ Use the flat side of your base shadow brush and to pick up a powder glitter (like Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow in Sunlight) and press onto the cream shadow. Reapply until desired sparkle is achieved.

+ Take a dark gel liner and sketch over the root of your lashes with your definer brush and end with a slight flick.

Glitter Under Brow/Eye

Like the editorial look of glitter brows and a splash of glitter under the eyes, but want a tamed-down version? Try this.

+ Draw a thin line along the bottom of your brows with a glitter paste (like Lemon Paste Spacepaste) and your smudge brush.

+Try a pencil-thin sliver of gel sparkle (like Wet n’Wild Icon Glitter Eyeshadow) under the lower lash-line with your precision smudge brush.

Glitter Lips

It’s not the most comfortable glitter trend, but it can look spectacular.

+ Prep your lips with a hydrating lip balm 15 minutes before you start.

+ Apply your favorite lip color shade (can be nude or bright) and blend into your lips with your lip blur brush for a base color that won’t smudge. 

+ Squeeze a drop of MAC Lipglass in Clear onto your lip brush and apply a sheer layer over the lips.

+ Press the flat side of your shading brush into a loose glitter (like MAC Glitter in 3D Platinum) and press onto the lips.

+ #PROTIP: Remove any glitter around the lips with scotch tape.

Don’t forget to clean your brushes with your brush cleansing gel before your next use!