Step by step tutorial on how to apply glitter eyeliner

Glitter eyeliner next to a black winged cat eye. Glitter is Glitter Eyes in Jamboree, black eyeliner is Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner.

Downloading the We Heart It app has got to be the best and worst thing I’ve ever done from a makeup point of view. For those of you familiar with it, you are bound to know exactly what I mean, but for those not, let me break it down briefly: it’s a little like Pinterest, mixed with the pastel grunge yearnings of a Tumblr girl.

There are just Arctic Monkeys quotes in Hotline Bling typography EVERYWHERE, interspersed with the most beautiful, HD, impossibly beautiful makeup looks.

Glitter eyeliner next to a black winged cat eye. Glitter is Glitter Eyes in Jamboree, black eyeliner is Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner.
Glitter eyeliner next to a black winged cat eye. Glitter is Glitter Eyes in Jamboree, black eyeliner is Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner.

One day I told myself, self, we are going to do that thing that is everywhere on that app. We are going to do the winged eyeliner with glitter eyeliner thing and it will look EXCELLENT. Applying glitter eyeliner might be challenging, self, we may go blind, self, but oh, what if we succeed?!

Ahem.

This is how I did the glitter eyeliner look above – NB: I am no expert, I’m just a girl figuring life out like everyone else, who managed to do this once and is so amazed that she wants to tell the whole world about it. Your way is probably much better, and if it is, I would love to know about it πŸ™‚

All products are linked to below the tutorial!

How to do glitter eyeliner

Glitter eyeliner next to a black winged cat eye. Glitter is Glitter Eyes in Jamboree, black eyeliner is Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner.
What glitter eyeliner looks like from selfie distance.
  1. Note of warning – this is just going to cover eyeshadow. Eyebrows, foundation, contouring, lips, anything that is not the eyelids, I’m sorry my friend but on this occasion you are on your own.
  2. To start, I squeezed about a rice grain of Urban Decay Primer Potion and then gently sweeped it onto my eyes.
  3. Then I did a very subtle nude eye with a slight crease/blend using Naked 2 – I used the shades Foxy and Tease on my lid for this stage, and a fluffy blending brush from Mac (number 224).
  4. To get the smoothest cat eye I could possibly achieve, I used Bobbi Brown Long Wear gel eyeliner (in black, of course), with my Mac 210 brush which is the thinnest brush you ever did see. I find this eyeliner quite difficult to work with, if I’m being honest, purely because the eyeliner I had before was from Tarte cosmetics and was the goopiest, softest stuff ever. Though it glided on, it sometimes moved around.With the Bobbi Brown eyeliner, the very opposite occurs – it starts off a little hard, so I find myself having to really whip it up in the pot to get a nice creamy amount onto my brush, and I have to move quickly or it can become difficult to work with and drags a little. But once it’s on? It’s holding on for dear life.
    Glitter eyeliner next to a black winged cat eye. Glitter is Glitter Eyes in Jamboree, black eyeliner is Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner.
    Another angle, different lighting.

    Anyway, I digress – I did my little churny-whipping-thing to get a good creamy amount of eyeliner onto the brush. The brush, once coated, should still be long with no brushes poking out in any odd directions and no eyeliner so gloopy that it’s going to give you anything other than a completely straight line. I’ve put together a little image for the steps that I use to do eyeliner – I need to do an actual step by step, but this was the best I could do πŸ™‚

    Diagram of how I put on eyeliner in 4 steps. I start with the outer half of the eye, then the inner half, then I draw the line of the flick, then I join it all together.
    Diagram of how I put on eyeliner in 4 steps. I start with the outer half of the eye, then the inner half, then I draw the line of the flick, then I join it all together.

     

  5. Now for the hard partterrifying part…AMAZING PART. Now that you have a very clean, medium line, you attempt the glitter. It’s important to use a glitter of medium-fine to fine-grade for this, e.g. it’s not so chunky that if a piece falls into your eye you’re going to need to go to A&E.I found an old angled eyeliner brush that I don’t really care about. I took some Lime Crime glitter helper, which is basically glue for glitter, which I don’t think you can get any more sadly but it’s just the one I happen to have. I’ve linked to some similar products in the product list below.

    I used about…a 5 pence piece amount and spread it into quite a thick layer onto the back of my hand. You basically want a little coin sized pool from which to dip from.

    On this hand-palette, I also poured some of my glorious glitter from Glitter Eyes in the shade Jamboree. You have to be super quick with this stage, FYI. With the brush I don’t care about, I mixed them up – you cannot let it dry for a moment so it’s best to take just a little of the glitter helper, and a lot of the glitter to get it saturated, and then using an eyeliner brush you actually like using, just do a little dash of the line next to the line you already have, and repeat.

    This happens in stages of about the length of a grain of rice to get it even and to make sure that the glitter and glue combo don’t dry – you won’t have enough product to do more than this.

    You just want to goop up your brush as much as you can, lay it flat and and as close to the other line as possible, and press on.

    You should be prepared to be doing this for a while as you may want to layer it to get a more densely glittery effect – I was quite happy with it being a slightly more subtle effect, but I am a huge believer in the more glitter the better policy so please, go forth and sparkle.

  6. Let it dry for a little while and don’t blink too much (you can see in the pics that I didn’t follow this as that’s what leads to quite a lot of fallout.) You should be okay to go with a huge amount of mascara now! To finish, I used Half Baked from Naked 2 on my lower lid and a highlighter from Illamasqua near my tearduct called Heliopolis. I set my make-up with a setting spray from Nyx.

That’s all folks! I hope this helps you in your glittery eyeliner endeavours. The tools and products I used are listed below.

Love Sophie x

Products & Tools I Used

Black eyeliner – Bobbi Brown – Long-wear gel eyeliner in Black Ink – Β£19 – buy it

Glitter – Glitter Eyes – PressedGlitter in Jamboree – Β£6.99 – buy it

Glitter helper (e.g. glitter adhesive) replacements –

Looks most similar to the product I used: Violet Voss – Violet’s Secret Weapon Glitter Adhesive – Β£15.50 – buy it

Also looks great: Beauty Bakerie – Sprinkles Glue – Β£6 – buy it

Eyeshadows – Urban Decay – Naked2 palette – Β£39.50 – buy it

Highlighter – Illamasqua – Heliopolis (part of contour kit called Sculpting Powder Duo) – Β£27 – buy it

Setting spray – Nyx – Make Up Setting Spray (Long Lasting) – Β£8 – buy it

Eyeliner brush – Mac – 210 eyeliner brush – Β£16.50 – buy it

Eyeshadow brush – Mac – 224 tapered blending brush – Β£23.50 – buy it

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