GLITTER!!!!! A How-To.

Oh, glitter. You get such a bad rap. But it's kind of your fault—let's be honest. You're clingy, you show up in places you aren't welcome, and you don't do well with authority. But you're so damn beautiful, glitter! And that's why we just can't shake you. No, literally—we just can't shake you. Out of a bottle. According to one miss Amy Odell, BuzzFeed Fashion editrix and former Queen of The Cut, glitter is best applied via the soft pads of your fingertips, onto bare eyelids, letting the chips pretty much fall where they may. And she would know: before her days as a leading fashion critic for the digital age, we discovered during her Top Shelf shoot (stand by!), Odell was an EDM ("Electronic dance music!")-loving NYU student with a packed festival schedule and a trend-averse penchant for glitter. To this day, the majority of the makeup real-estate in her bathroom is occupied by little bottles of the sparkly stuff, despite the fact that she rarely has the occasion to wear it anymore. Well, lo and behold, Odell! You know where you can indulge in all of your messy metallic ways? With Team ITG (and, like, 500,000 people). So in the spirit of high summer, crop tops, roof parties, and dancing, let's take a page from the Amy Odell playbook and learn how to do glitter right, once and for all.

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  • Lauren Ashley

    Glitter - so fun, so hard to get wrong. Great tutorial.

  • Llewsobda

    Ahhh yes, being an adult who wants to wear glitter is hard. I miss the days when I was a teenager and I could just dump it over my head! lol

  • Guest

    Ah, Amy. I suppose you know that The Cut is little better than toilet paper (and the cheap, one-ply kind at that) since you left.

  • Lisa

    Such gorgeous glitter, I love it. And great tutorial - glitter can be a bit tough to work with.

  • Taylor

    Now I know how to, like, apply glitter.

  • doctor Zoidberg

    you look like Mary Louise Parker

  • prairie_dogs

    Does that kind of glitter really hurt if you get it in your eyes? Are contacts an issue?

    • Kattttt

      The MAC glitters and pigments are marked either safe for eyes, safe for lips, both, or neither. Some of them are really chunky, with sharp edges - definitely not eye safe! - but actually none of the glitters are recommended for use on the eyes. I wouldn't personally be afraid of their fine glitters, and they are obviously used that way by plenty of people.

      I've been told by my optician not to wear eyeliner on the inner rim with contacts, so anything you risk getting in the eye is an issue, I'd guess, but glitters in particular, as the texture is grittier.

  • Ms_Edgeley

    I am so wearing glitter tomorrow night for my shop soiré!

  • sashi

    EDM is my jam.

  • LeeLee

    Love it.

  • Heather P.

    I'm pretty sure I was permanently covered in glitter in high school (ah, the late 90s). :-) Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

  • Bells

    Something's missing... her face is undone with a sudden splash of golden sparkles. In order to look effortless, I think it's better to stick with highlighters. Glitter requires a bit more precision and either a gloss or an eyeshadow under it (like the video of Emily with glittery black eyeshadow), in my opinion.

  • Miss Y.

    It's Skrillex, not Shrillex. Just saying...


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