Sparkle With The Best Glitter Eye Shadow

Sparkle With The Best Glitter Eye Shadow

There’s nothing like a hint of glitter to add some sparkle to your day. Glitter makeup was a beauty trend spotted at the last Fashion Week and it’s picking up speed off the runway now. Find the best glitter eye shadow for you and get inspired by our tips on how to make your eyes shine.

How To Pick The Right Glitter Eye Shadow

To achieve the perfect sparkly eye makeup, there are a few factors to consider when choosing your eye shadow.

Complement Your Eye Colour

The most important is to select a flattering shade that will enhance your natural beauty and lighten up your eyes.

  • Brown eyes can wear almost every shade, but they really stand out with gold eye shadow. Deep and highly pigmented shades look amazing on dark brown eyes.
  • All purple shades from sheer mauve to dark plum go very well with green eyes.
  • Middle ground between brown and green, hazel eyes can basically pull off any colour.
  • If your eyes are blue, go for suitable neutral and warm tones such as coral or champagne.

Subtle Or Striking Look?

The glitter eye shadow to go for depends on the occasion and the eye makeup style you have in mind.

  • For an everyday makeup, powdered formulas with a fine shimmer are perfect. As they are easy to apply, they are ideal Easy to work with, they are ideal to start off with if you’re not used to applying glitter.
  • If you’re looking for a more sophisticated look, highly pigmented, creamy textures will really make your eyes pop.

How To Wear Glitter Eye Shadow

For a Daytime Makeup Look

Don’t wait for a special event to wear glitter eye shadow. You can incorporate it into your everyday makeup look. The secret is to start with a fine layer of shimmer and build up gradually to make sure you don’t go overboard.

For a slightly sparkling eye makeup, pick a pale shade like the bareMinerals Glimmer shadow in Bareskin. You can also illuminate your eyes with a subtle touch of nude glitter in the inner corners.

For a Night Makeup Look

Pull off an outstanding eye makeup for your next night out. Don’t hesitate to use bold, highly pigmented glitter shades such as the Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow. You can go with one colour to apply on your lids or layer different shades to achieve an iridescent, eye-catching result.

If a dramatic smokey eye is your signature look for a night out, stick to it and finish up with a touch of glitter just on the middle of the lid to catch the light.

Top Tips To Applying Glitter Eye Shadow Like A Pro

1. Start With Eye Shadow Primer

This is the key to long-lasting eye makeup that doesn’t smudge or crease. Using a base specially designed for eyelids creates a flawless canvas and sets the eye shadow for the day. If you haven’t got one yet, take a look at one of our top picks, Clinique’s Touch Base For Eyes.

2. Follow The Glitter Eyeliner Trend

Another possible use of your sparkle eye shadow is to draw a line along your lashes. It’s a quick trick to twist your everyday makeup and make your eyes stand out in a subtle way.

3. Get The Right Brushes

Good quality eye shadow brushes make the job much easier and help you achieve a stunning eye makeup. You need a tapered brush to apply eye shadow, as well as another one with a smaller tip to work on the inner eyes, and a blending brush for a flawless finish.

You can get all these tools in one kit, like the Dual Fiber Eye Brush Set from Japonesque.

An eyeliner brush is an additional yet very useful tool if you use your eye shadow as a liner. The Sigma E11 eyeliner brush is our favourite to draw a perfect line.

The Best Glitter Eye Shadows

We’ve rounded up our top picks for a sparkly eye makeup look.


  1. High Pigmentation
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    High Pigmentation

    Illamasqua’s Pure Pigment is a high-shine, deep-colour powder perfect for a bold makeup. It can be worn alone or cooled down with a matte shade. Applied wet, it gives an even more dramatic finish.

    Available in several shades, it enhances any skin tone and complements any eye colour.



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  2. Glitter Eyeliner
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    Glitter Eyeliner

    Stila’s Magnificant Metal Eyeliner is a must-have to achieve the ultimate sparkly eye liner. Once applied, shimmer particles are shining through and give an intense metallic finish.


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  3. Gold Glitter
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    Gold Glitter

    The Baalbek Eyeshadow Paint from NARS gives you a subtle yet sophisticated shimmer. Its chocolate base contains hints of gold glitter that deliver a stunning bronze finish. The long-lasting, creamy formula can be used as a shadow or a liner.


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  4. Multi Tasking Glitter
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    Multi Tasking Glitter

    This Cosmetic Glitter from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics adds some shimmer to your eyes but doesn’t stop there.

    The multi purpose, light-diffusing glitter can be used as a highlighter on your cheeks or your body, or sprinkled over your hair and nails for an extra-sparkle.


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  5. Endless Combinations
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    Endless Combinations

    Bellapierre’s Cosmetics Shimmer 9 Stack in the Pandera shades is perfect for those who never have enough colours to play with. Each one of these 9 multi-purpose pigments can be used solo, mixed up or layered with others, to create unique looks.


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  6. Silky Finish
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    Silky Finish

    We love the creamy texture of the Shimmering Cream Eye Colour from Shiseido, available in several luxurious colours. It blends effortlessly and lasts up to 16 hours, leaving you looking sparkly from morning until night.

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  7. Shimmery Smokey Eye
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    Shimmery Smokey Eye

    Add some sparkle to your smokey eye with Lancôme’s Ombre Hypnôse Mono. The highly pigmented colour delivers buildable coverage to create both subtle and striking looks.

    As an added bonus, it comes with a dual-end applicator for an even finish.



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  8. Matching Shades
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    Matching Shades

    Featuring 2 metallic shades, Le Chrome Luxe Eye Duos from Chantecaille is great to create versatile looks. The crease-free and blendable formula can be applied dry for a subtle shimmer or dampened to create an intense effect.

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