– Teens: Glitter is your friend. You are young enough to get away with it, so look like Edward from Twilight tonight and go crazy. Seriously, if I were 20 years younger, I would apply a neutral like Revlon Diamond Lust in Bedroom Bronze all over my lid and then dip a Q-tip in lash gel (for falsies) or vaseline and trace my lash line. Then, I would pull out the big guns and dip a Q-tip or flat-tipped brush in drugstore glitter pat it on, or if I had been saving my pennies, I would invest in MAKE UP FOR EVER Glitter in Blue 5 or Purple 9. If I were 17, I would also be all about the glitter gloss, so I would coat my lips with LA Color lip gloss (I could mix every color since they are only $2 each).
– Twenties: Ladies, sparkle responsibly here. If you’re under 25, go bolder. If you’re over 25, your cuspy for the full-on glitter (even for New Year’s). After 25, the size of the glitter gets smaller and more milled. Your best bet, regardless of which side of 25 you’re on is MAKE UP FOR EVER Diamond Powder. I’ll let Sephora explain, “Diamond Powder combines both the pearly iridescence of Star Powder and the brightness of Glitter. The particles are finer and literally radiate extreme brilliance as soon as they are applied.” I would use these powders as a wash over my entire lid, to line my upper and lower lash lines, and to highlight cheekbones and brow bones, and dab at the center of my cupid’s bow.
– Thirties: This is when we transition away from glitter and think shimmer. Maria was generous enough to give me the Vincent Longo Amaretti Diamond Collection baked eyeshadow set for the holidays. These shadows are gorgeous and perfect for creating a shimmery smokey eye. Just like their website instructs, use a sponge tip applicator (like the ones you always throw away) or a Q-tip (in case you’re like me and you did throw them all away) and draw a line on your upper lash line with one of the darker colors. It’s okay if your line is a bit messy, because you are going to use a small blending brush or the side of a flat-tipped brush to blend the line upwards towards your crease. This gives it that gradual fade. Then, I may smudge a little into my lower lash line, depending on how dramatic I’m feeling. I will finish off with dipping my ring finger in the copper leaf shadow and pressing it into the inner corners of my eyes.
– Forties and Beyond: Okay ladies, I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know here (and I apologize if this is harsh), but glitter and shimmer may not be age appropriate unless done subtly, VERY subtly. What I consider subtle… taking a nice neutral shimmer like Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash in Champagne or Rose Gold and applying it with a large eye shadow brush as a wash over your entire lid. Then, add a cream highlighter like Urban Decay Urbanglow to your brow bone (to open your eyes and make them pop) and from your temples to the center of your cheeks (to highlight cheekbones) and BLEND.
Don’t hesitate to break my age barriers and combine some of the tips above (just keep in mind, the older you are, the more dangerous sparkle becomes).
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy 2012!! SPARKLE ON!
P.S. Lisi, I hope you appreciated my Donny Darko reference
Photo via Sing LoPosted by janna Tags Bobbi Brown, Glitter, Makeup For Ever, Revlon, Sephora, Urban Decay, Vincent Longo