Whether you are a makeup minimalist or maximalist, there is no denying that glitter eyeshadows are all the rage right now and there’s no escaping them. Eye trends have taken centre stage in 2020, thanks to the pandemic, masks now cover most parts of our faces, and only the eye area is visible. Makeup artists, bloggers and enthusiasts have used this opportunity to come up with amazing, eye-catching trends to showcase their makeup skills, and one such outcome is the glitter eyeshadow trend. We’ve spotted some of our favourite celebrities wearing glitter eyeshadow looks and giving us major eye makeup inspiration.

If glitter eyeshadow is one makeup trend that you’ve never tried before, because it feels a little OTT, we understand. Some of us belong to the nude and neutral makeup category. But what if we told you there are glitter eyeshadow looks even for those who prefer subtle makeup? That’s right, just because it’s glitter, doesn’t mean it has to make your eyes makeup look loud. We’ve collated a list of eyeshadow looks for both the minimalists and the maximalists out there, along with the steps to recreate them. What are you waiting for? Grab that eyeshadow palette, your favourite makeup brush, some glitter and get started!


1. Subtle highlight

Subtle highlight

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Minimalists can start with this simple and classy glitter eyeshadow look. It requires minimum products and skills and yet looks so trendy and chic. Whether it’s a party or a fun night out with your girl gang, this gorgeous glitter eye makeup look is sure to grab a lot of attention. Want to know how to create this look? Read below.

How to: Start by applying base makeup, then apply and blend a bright eyeshadow shade such as red, pink or lilac. Go all the way up to your brows to make it bold. Then dab some gold glitter eyeshadow right in the centre of your lid to recreate this look.


2. Glitter wing

Glitter wing

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If you love a bold winged eyeliner, you will surely fall head over heels in love with this amazing glitter winged eyeshadow look. Don’t worry if you don’t have black glitter eyeshadow, we’ll tell you how to recreate this look using the products you have in your beauty arsenal.

How to: Take your favourite black eyeliner and create a bold winged eyeliner look, end the wing right below the tip of your eyebrow. Fill in properly to ensure it looks black and bold. Then take some shimmer or glitter in a dark hue and dab it all over the winged eyeliner to achieve this look.


3. Confetti eyeshadow

Confetti eyeshadow

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If you want to take the glitter eyeshadow trend a notch higher, try the confetti eye look. Also known as the shattered glass eye look, it is bold, and perfect for eye makeup experimentalists. If you are ready to learn here’s how you can create this look.

How to: After finishing your base makeup, dust a nude liquid eyeshadow shade on your eyelids, this will make the confetti pop. If you don’t have liquid eyeshadow, apply a little bit of eye primer and then stick on the confetti in a winged eyeliner shape to get this look.


4. OTT winged eyeshadow

OTT winged eyeshadow

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Winged eyeshadow has been one of the trendiest eyes looks this year. It serves as both eyeliner and eyeshadow, plus, it is easy to create and does not require the precision of an eyeliner. Use a glitter eyeshadow to create an OTT winged eyeliner look and we promise you won’t be disappointed.

How to: Pick two glitter eyeshadows from the same colour family. Start by applying the lighter shade starting from the inner corner of your eyes to the middle of the eyelid. Pick the second, darker glitter eyeshadow shade and draw a wing extending upto the tip of your brow.


5. Bold and beautiful

Bold and beautiful

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This one is for all you maximalists out there! If you live and breathe makeup and love trying OTT makeup looks, this red chunky eyeshadow look is perfect for you. We don’t have to tell you the occasion where to wear this, because you will figure it out. If you are ready to learn how to recreate this look, scroll down.

How to: Pick a bright red eyeshadow from your palette and apply it all over your lid, swipe some below your lower lid as well. Now take chunky glitter and carefully place it all over the eyeshadow you just applied. To take things a notch higher, apply a bit of gold shimmer eyeshadow to the inner corners of your eyes.


6. Starry eyes

Starry eyes

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Glitter does not always have to be chunky or sparkly, if you love star-shaped glitter as much as we do, this one is definitely for you! Perfect for the holiday season, you can wear it around Christmas and New Year to get into those festive feels.

How to: Swipe on a little bit of base eyeshadow either in a nude or golden shade, both will work. Then stick on those star-shaped glitters only on the outer corner of your lid below your eyebrows. Dab on a bit of gold shimmer eyeshadow around the star-shaped glitter to make it more dramatic.


7. Graphic glitter eye

Graphic glitter eye

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Combining makeup trends and creating something new is one of our favourite things to do as makeup enthusiasts. We love how gorgeous this graphic eye looks with silver glitter eyeshadow. We can’t wait to try it out and post some amazing selfies on the gram. If you want to do it too, read how to recreate it below.

How to: Start by creating a sharp winged eyeliner, then draw a half floating liner on the outer corner of the eye and intersect it with the wing. Now that you’ve drawn the outline, fill it in with a gorgeous silver glitter eyeshadow or any other colour that you want to achieve this glitter eyeshadow look with.


8. Subtle chic

Subtle chic

For those who love nude and neutral shades, here’s a glitter eyeshadow look that looks natural and is not OTT. It is the perfect eyeshadow look for someone who is trying glitter for the first time. Want to know how to create this subtle yet chic eye look? Here’s how.

How to: Apply base makeup, don’t forget to put on some eye primer to make sure your eye makeup lasts longer. Then apply a deep brown eyeshadow shade on your eyelids, next dab some glitter all over the eyeshadow to create this eye look. Don’t forget to wear falsies to add a touch of glamour.


FAQs about glitter eyeshadow

FAQs about glitter eyeshadow

1) Can I use regular glitter on my eyeshadow looks?

A. Craft and other forms of glitter are cut differently and the dyes used on them are different too. Since your eye area is delicate, we recommend against using these as they can easily enter your eyes and cause irritation. Opt for cosmetic glitter only when using on eyes.

2) How to make glitter eyeshadow stick on your lids?

A. To make your glitter eyeshadow stick on your eyelids, apply a little bit of lip balm or petroleum jelly before applying the glitter. Use a cotton swab to spread the product evenly on your lid.

3) Is glitter eyeshadow dangerous?

A. Glitter eyeshadow should be used carefully. Even if a tiny particle enters your eye, it can cause irritation. Therefore, be careful about the quality and type of glitter eyeshadows you are using. If it does enter the eye and causes problems such as redness that does not go away, visit a doctor.