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Sparkly makeup isn’t too much for a big night out with your bridesmaids — as long as you know how to apply it. The key to adding glitter without looking overwhelming? Keep the shine to one feature: while a touch of sparkle on your eyes looks amazing in photos, glittery eyes and shimmer lips together is too much. With the right technique, though, it’s easy to pull off a little extra sparkle. Follow makeup artist Mally’s tips for the easiest ways to make sparkle look subtle for your bachelorette party.
Glitter eye makeup won’t look costumey if you keep it at your lash line, Mally says. And to keep it from getting sticky, mix glitter with a cream highlighter like Benefit Watt’s Up! ($30, available at Sephora). After applying your regular makeup (hint: glitter looks amazing with a soft smoky or pastel eye), dab cream highlighter on your lash line and at the inner corner of your eye. Then, dip a small brush into your glitter and press it into the cream highlighter; it should adhere easily. If you have leftover glitter under your eyes, Mally suggests, wrap a piece of adhesive tape around your finger, sticky side out, and use it to pick up any stray sparkles. Or, avoid the glitter pot entirely and use sparkly eyeliner, like Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner ($22, available at Sephora).
We may all be guilty of a few shimmer bronzer crimes back in high school, but that doesn’t mean you can’t foray back into sparkly-cheeks territory ever again. To keep it subtle for your party, layer highlighter over matte bronzer — that way, you can control the amount of shine you get. After you apply bronzer around the perimeter of your face and lightly across the apples of your cheeks, your forehead, and your chin, add highlighter, like Mally Beauty Lit from Within Blush and Highlighter ($45, available at QVC), to your cheekbones, the tip of your nose, and the Cupid’s Bow of your lip. Finally, smile and add a tiny bit of highlighter to the apples of your cheeks and the tops of your eyebrows to boost your color.
Just like with eyes and cheeks, it’s all about layering, Mally says. Ditch frosted or sparkly lipstick for matte, and layer a little bit of shimmer gloss over it. Or, if you only want a tiny bit of shimmer, dab it into the center of your bottom lip to make your smile stand out in photos.