Style + Beauty

The Right Way to Wear Makeup With Glitter

Four easy steps to wear sparkle and look chic, not childish.


Do you walk through the aisles of Sephora secretly wishing you could wear this season's sparkly shades, but you're afraid you'll look silly?

Jemma Kidd, known for her Jemma Kidd Makeup lines, says, "So many women want to wear glitter, but they don't want to look like their teenage daughters." For the video demonstration above, Kidd made up a model in her 40s to prove that sparkly makeup can be both glamorous and age-appropriate. The glitter is "chic, classic and looks fabulous," while the shimmer "catches the light" and "makes the eyes come alive," said Kidd. Build off her tutorial for a complete look, or follow this step-by-step guide for grown-up glitter:

  • Apply eye shadow. Use a taupe color over the entire bottom half of the eyelid, up to the crease. 
  • Use an eyeliner to define the lash line. Be sure to lift the lid and apply right to the root of the lash.
  • Add shimmer. Place a tissue under the eye to catch any loose glitter. Using a small brush, pat glitter directly onto the eyeliner.
  • Finish with mascara. Add a few coats for more dramatic eyes.