August 21 2014

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Five Days Of Glitter: Part Two


A little bit disco, a little bit hippie. That was the beauty vibe at Anna Sui’s Spring show, where her signature gypsy garb came accessorized with naturally tousled hair, a sun-kissed complexion, and, perhaps most thrillingly, eyelids generously coated in black-gold shimmer. So for today’s challenge, I turned to the ladies of the canyon (as interpreted by Pat McGrath) for a little glitter guidance.

The Glitter: Make Up For Ever Diamond Powder in Gold and Glitter in gold.

The Application: You’ll recognize the traditional Glitter. The Diamond Powder is essentially a finer-milled version. Both, I quickly learned, require a little help from additional product to stay put. To mirror, or rather attempt to mirror, McGrath’s handiwork, I started with a base of MUFE Aqua Cream in Taupe #15; one coat is plenty. The product is super-dense and not very malleable, so be prepared to work fast. I coated the entire lid, extending slightly above the crease, with the Diamond Powder and then added extra Glitter at the inner corner.

The Upside: With a nearly neutral face, save for a peachy blush, eyelids covered in gold glitter actually aren’t too outrageous for daytime wear. Call me old-school, but I always thought glitter worked best at night; however, this look felt right around the clock, particularly when paired with a recently unearthed Gunne Sax blouse.

The Downside: If you’re someone who gets annoyed at the thought of glitter specks finding their way onto your clothes, your boyfriend, and the far corners of your bathroom, this is not for you. That is, it’s a look not achieved neatly. If surprise glitter sightings make you smile, on the other hand, you should be good to go.

The Final Word: A shimmery look that won’t feel ridiculous in the light of day.

Photo: Courtesy of Make Up For Ever; Luca Cannonieri /

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