Nothing screams New Year’s Eve like gold and glitter, so why not wear it as makeup? We got makeup artist Nikki La Rose to show us how to do a gorgeous and festive gold glitter eye makeup look to help you ring in the new year.
Step 1: Highlight your eyes
After you prime your eyelids with MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($22) in Soft Ochre, highlight your brow bone with MAC Eyeshadow ($16) in Mylar and use Mac Eyeshadow ($16) in White Frost in your tear duct.
Step 2: Define your crease
Start on the outer corner of the eye and apply a crease color like MAC Eyeshadow ($26) in Wedge in small circular motions. Then, use a windshield wiper motion to brush the color inward. Add more definition with a darker color like MAC Eyeshadow ($16) Saddle and blend it even tighter into the crease. Basically, you use the first color to create a diffused crease and then the second color defines it.
Step 3: Add extra definition
Switch to a smaller blending brush and apply MAC Eyeshadow ($16) in Embark just on the outer corner. You want to create a small smoky V shape.
Step 4: Glitter time!
Now it’s time for the glitter. Use a brush to paint a thin layer of makeup adhesive like Hollywood Lights Mixing Adhesive ($14) on your eyelid and then use another brush to pat the glitter on top. For this look, Nikki used MAC Pigment ($22) in Old Gold. Repeat until entire eyelid is covered with an even layer of glitter.
TIP: To prevent a glittery mess, pack on an obnoxious amount of loose powder under the eye so the glitter doesn’t stick. Then dust it away with a fluffy brush once you’re done applying the glitter.
Step 5: Finish with liquid liner
Finish the look with liquid liner. Using a liquid liner is essential because putting gel liners on top of glitter is extremely difficult. Create a wing at the end to add an extra flare to the look. (Get tips on how to do a winged eyeliner here.) Add a coat of mascara to your top and bottom lashes and you’re done!
Optional Step: Apply false lashes.
Here’s the final look!
Check out more of Nikki’s work on her Instagram at @makeupbynikkilarose. Shop this makeup look below.