In the weeks preceding the style-defining moment that is New Year’s Eve, my friend Melanie had the gall to suggest my devotion to glitter was becoming a problem. I was gleefully laying out my make-up and accessories game plan for the big night when she dropped a bomb shell: “Your New Year’s Eve resolution should be giving up glitter for a month.” How could someone who claims to love me suggest something so cruel? So here I am, putting her on blast (which she will love, as we both subscribe to the same dogma: the only bad attention is no attention) and let that be a lesson to you all. Love of glitter is a lifestyle choice, not a personal failing. I can stop any time I want.
Glitter has infiltrated countless areas of my life, including but not limited to jewelry, make-up, and clothing. I’m not gonna pretend it’s never been an inconvenience. You know that website making rounds on the internet where you ship an envelope full of glitter to your enemies? Having sex with me can be a similar experience to opening that envelope. I’m not gonna pretend that glitter has never ended up in…places the next morning. But it’s all in good fun, right? I mean if my boyfriend can’t accept me for who I truly am it’s him who has to go, not the glitter. Besides, it gives him something to remember me by. Check out some of my favorite sparkly products, and share the glitter herpes with someone you love:
Nars Illuminator in Copacabana: I’ve written about this guy before, but I will sing it’s praises till the end of time. This is my holy grail product. Like, I would fight a bunch of Nazis for this product. I would bring some annoying knights a shrubbery for this product. It’s not technically “glitter” in the traditional sense, but it’s perfect for adding some shine during the day. It also makes a great base for glitter and compliments glittery eyes or lips. For daily use I love to swipe some on the tops of my orbital bone and on my whole eyelid, from lash line to brow. I also add a dot of this Illuminator to the inner corner of my eyes, it really brightens the whole face. Plenty of products can give a similar result, but this is my ride or die highlighter because it counteracts the harsh lighting on the subway. I’m not really into blush but with this I’ve never really missed it. Subway lighting lies, friends.
Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Powder in Luminous: If the Illuminator is a gateway drug, then this is the heavy stuff. My cousin and were in Sephora recently and she touched the sample compact of this baby. She seemed almost appalled at how glittery it was, so obviously I’m obsessed. When it comes to nighttime make-up and accessories, if it’s not at least a little bit obnoxious, I’m not that into it. This is one of those rare products that contains the absolute perfect applicator. I swipe it right over the Nars Illuminator and it stays put all night. It gives a shit ton of shimmer and some definition as well. If I’m showing a little cleavage (which is always unless it’s absolutely freezing cold) I swipe a bit over my collar bone and in between my boobs as well. That’s as close to contouring as I will go because the Kardashians deeply frighten me.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Sin: A shimmery champagne base gives any glittery eye shadow maximum impact. I feel like this primer keeps my glitter in place all night.
Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Glamrock, Distortion, and Midnight Cowboy: These are marketed as eyeliners, but can be used to serve almost any glittery purpose, no matter how diabolical. If I’m going for a more subtle look (think family party) I will do a thick line on top with a metallic gold, silver, or white liner and add the coordinating color glitter on top. If I’m looking for a more edgy look (think family party with alcohol where you end up playing Cards Against Humanity and having to explain tentacle porn to everyone) I like to do an intense smokey eye, and dot this from the inner corner to the middle of the lid and blend. It gives the eye a nice texture and wears well throughout the night.
e.l.f. Glitter Mascara in Silver: This is great if you’re going for a unique, but less intense eye look. My favorite way to use this is for an editorial style, where I coat my bare top and bottom lashes with like five coats of this and wear no other eye make-up. I complete this look with an intense or deep lip color. To add a little more drama, I will fill in my brows and add a coat or two of this mascara. Sparkly eyebrows are surprisingly wearable!
M.A.C. Pigment in Blue Brown, and Old Gold: Being a huge fan of color shift anything, I adore these pigments. They give a lot of shimmer all over the lid, and work just as well as liners if you wet your brush a bit.
Make Up For Ever Diamond Powder in White Gold and White Mauve: These are as close as you can get to loose glitter without getting glitter on every single one of your material belongings every time you open it. I like how finely grained it is. Also, the first review that comes up of this on the Sephora website says simply: “MUST BUY. SPARKLE SPARKLE SPARKLE SPARKLE SPARKLE SPARKLE SPARKLE SPARKLE SPARKLE SPARKLE SPARKLE SPARKLE.” How can you argue with logic like that?
M.A.C. Viva Glam Tinted Lipglass in Rihanna 2: This seems to be a shade that’s universally flattering on all skin tones. It’s pretty neutral yet full of shine when worn alone, but enhances any lip color you layer it with. I especially love to pair it with brown lipstick, like Nars Bansar.
Covergirl Lip Lava in Look Its Lava, Lava-Nder, and Lava Glow: How much I love this product trumps how stupid the names are, and how I loathe to type them out and include them in this article. These are pretty opaque for lip glosses. They look almost exactly the way they look in the tube after you apply two coats. Super metallic.
M.A.C Dazzleglass in Moth to Flame and Sugarrimmed: These have a ton of glitter and decent staying power. I approve.
That should be enough sparkle and shine to last you a lifetime. If you’re really going for the total “Kristine Rose Look,” pair those products with some absurdly large earrings and a look of existential despair.
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Kristine Rose is a make-up artist, esthetician, and writer. She strongly believes in each individual’s right to express themselves through style, make up, and body modification (or lack thereof). Beauty writing is her one true passion and she intends to revel in it until her untimely death, crushed under the weight of her own jewelry. Follow her on Instagram: @vanityarchitect and @glitter_or_death.
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