On Eyes Sprinkled all over lids, glitter can look garish. But makeup artists agree that a small amount applied close to the base of the upper lashes is unexpected and modern. For this look, draw on a glittery liquid eyeliner from the inner- to the outermost corners of your lids. Then, using a finger or a cotton swab, dab a bit of matching powder eye shadow over the line. Layering powder on liquid not only produces a soft finish but also helps color last.
To buy: Sephora Collection Long-Lasting 12HR Wear Eye Liner in Metallic Gold, $12, sephora.com. Make Up for Ever Metal Powder in Olive Gold 4, $23, sephora.com.
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On Nails Unlike specks of glitter suspended in clear polish, which can appear sophomoric—or, worse, like dirt—tone-on-tone glitter (think gold glitter in gold polish) looks sophisticated, says Joanna Schlip, a celebrity makeup artist for Physicians Formula, in Los Angeles.
To buy: Janie Bryant for Nailtini Lacquer in French 75, $14, amazon.com (pictured near right).
For more flash, go for densely packed multi-pigmented flecks.
To buy: OPI Nail Lacquer in Simmer & Shimmer, $9, amazon.com.
On the Collarbone If you plan to wear an outfit with a revealing neckline, “dust your neck and shoulders with a glitter-infused powder puff,” says Tina Turnbow, a New York City makeup artist. Remove any rogue glitter from your clothing with a piece of rolled-up tape.
To buy: Urban Decay Vintage Flavored Body Powder in Honey, $18, urbandecay.com.
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On Lips If you’re a minimalist at heart, kick up your look a notch with a gloss that’s opaque rather than sheer. For this effect, after prepping your face with tinted moisturizer or foundation and blush (you don’t want blemishes to detract from your lips), dab on several coats of a coral-tone gloss. Press a tissue against your lips so the pigment sinks into the skin (only the shine will be lifted), then regloss for added sheen.
To buy: Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Génie, $32, chanel.com.
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On Top of a Deeper Gloss If the thought of sheer gloss alone doesn’t say “dressy” to you, add drama by wearing it over a similarly toned but more opaque shade, suggests Robin Schoen, a New York City makeup artist. Basically, you’re creating an optical illusion (a 3-D–style contrast) that makes your lips look fuller. (A little glitter in that top gloss only enhances the effect.)
To buy: NYC New York Color Rose Lip Gloss in Peony Kiss, $3 at drugstores (pictured near right). Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Coral Reef, $7 at drugstores (pictured far right).
On Lashes Consider smoothing a half-a-baby-pea-size drop of petroleum jelly just above your creases (on top of shadow) for a glossy, not gooey, finish.
On Cheeks Blending a little Aquaphor ($6 at drugstores), that classic thick, shiny balm, onto the tops of your cheekbones (over blush) will give you a natural glow, notes Turnbow.
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On Cheeks The key to age-appropriate shimmer is using it to call attention to only those areas you would truly like highlighted (in general, the most defined areas of your face, like the brow and cheekbones). To get this look, sweep a shimmery powder in a C-shape around the outer corners of your eyes.
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On Eyelids For goofproof glam, choose two complementary shimmer shadow shades. Use the lighter tone all over and the darker one in the creases, then add lots of mascara for contrast, says Schlip.
To buy: Sue Devitt E-Z Eye Roller Ball Eye Shadow, $18, amazon.com.
On Lips A little loose pink shimmer dabbed on with a liner brush ever so slightly above your Cupid’s bow (no matter your skin tone) can give lips a curvier, cuter shape. Under Blush Uncomfortable with noticeable shimmer on your face? Prep your skin with a shimmer-infused primer or foundation, such as Laura Geller Spackle Tinted Under Make-Up Primer in Champagne ($30, laurageller.com), then spread regular cream or powder blush on top for a hint of iridescence.