Too much glitter can look kitschy and over the top, but the eyeliner is the best way to add some shine to your look without getting too flashy. Use the right way to apply glitter eyeliner and you can create a look you’ll be excited about.

If you’ve already tried glitter eyeshadow, that gives you a more restrained shimmer, you can move on to glitter eyeliner for a more dramatic look, but never combine the two if you want to wear your makeup outside of a carnival or masquerade ball.

How to Wear Glitter Eyeliner

When to Apply Glitter Eyeliner

Whether you choose a glitter pencil eyeliner or a liquid eyeliner, save this step for last. A good oil-free moisturizer or a touch of primer mixed with the foundation helps prevent any unwanted smear after a few hours. Glitter eyeliner is usually best suited to a powdered eye shadow, since cream formulas can smear even more easily and they pick up the glitter along the way.

Once you’ve applied your eyeshadow, you can even go ahead and use mascara on your lashes before the glitter eyeliner. Leaving it for last includes the risk of glitter getting on your lashes too.

How to Wear Glitter Eyeliner

How to Apply Glitter Eyeliner

For a more dramatic eye makeup look, you should apply a darker pencil eyeliner first, in your regular colors, before using the glitter eyeliner to create a single line along your eyelashes.

When using a pencil eyeliner with glitter, you can also apply it to the outer corners of your eyes as well, before gently blending. This makes for a better look, but if the glitter gets it your eyes, it can cause irritation.

Using a glitter liquid eyeliner can be more difficult, but if you’re used to the glitter free products, you shouldn’t have much trouble in simply lining your upper lid.

How to Wear Glitter Eyeliner

How to Wear Glitter Eyeliner

Whether you go for a more subtle look or for a dramatic cat eye using glitter eyeliner, make sure you don’t use too much color for the rest of your makeup. Nude lips with a glossy finish blend well with this look and a very light blush can complete your makeup.

Once you’ve got the desired look for your eyes, check out your outfit. Just like you shouldn’t mix glitter eyeliner with glitter eyeshadow, you should also avoid any other glitter item or accessory. Keep your earrings and necklace less shinny than your makeup for the best look. For special occasions, you can try metallic purses, but stay away from glittery tops unless you’re going for a costume party look.