Makeup artist Beau Nelson offers up a wearable glistening eye that can take you from a casual dinner all the way to the dance floor.
Styled ByMANUEL RUYMAN
Glitter has always been cyclical. It had a moment in the ’70s on the dance floor, and it reigned in the ’90s for young girls who shopped at Limited Too. But lately glitter has taken a modern, more wearable approach, one we think everyone should add to their cosmetic wardrobe.
After testing myriad brands for staying power, unique shades, and ease of use, we found the crème de la crème of glitter. Enter: Lemonhead.LA, a vegan adhesive glitter that our artist committee keeps on hand for any and all red carpet events—so much so that makeup artist Beau Nelson pitched a shoot including the glistening formula, which he also shot and creative directed. Below, Nelson breaks down a glitter eye look you can wear whether you are heading to a Studio 54–themed party or a board meeting. Just change remember to change up your outfit.
After contouring the outer perimeter of the face, jawline, and cheekbones, I applied the Chanel Palette Essentielle onto her cheeks with a fluffy brush for dimension to create a natural flush. To finish, I buffed out any harsh edges with a foundation brush.
To take down any shine and set Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick, I used MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Medium Tan at the center points of Najiyah’s complexion. Then I used MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Dark around the perimeters of her face.
I warmed up the eyeliner on the back of my hand, then applied it to the lids with a fluffy brush to create a foundational shape and add dimension as we built the eye look. Then I used the pencil directly on the lash line and softened it with a Chanel blending brush. To deepen the eyes, I used MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon on the outer corners.
I pressed the Golden Mink Eyeshadow onto the lid with a packing brush, and added the deepest tone to the outside of Najiyah’s eye. To anchor the look, I tightlined MAC Eye Kohl Pencil in Smolder at her tear duct to draw even more drama.
The glitter is the showstopper for this look, and I pressed it onto her lid from mid-eye to the tear duct. It’s important to allow the glitter to dry for a few moments before adding another layer. Take your time as you build so you get a seamless look. If there is any glitter fallout, dip a Utowa Cotton Swab into the Bioderma Micellar Water and remove any excess. Even a bit of Scotch Tape will help with cleanup.
To frame the face, I filled in her natural brow with MAC Brow Pencil in Spiked and brushed a spoolie through the brow to soften the final look. For the final detail and finishing touch on the eyes, I used the Yves Saint Laurent Liquid Liner on the upper lash line where the root of the lashes sit.