Often you will see an ATTENTION sticker on pots of glitter saying "DO NOT USE AROUND THE EYES". Well if we are honest, as makeup artists this is often the first place we are going to put it. Brands have to cover themselves and advise not to use it here just in case a piece goes into your eye and scratches it. This of course can happen so do be careful and if you have sensitive eyes don't use them.
Use a good base under the glitter to grip it and hold in place and use a flat firm brush to apply it and push it onto the skin rather than dusting it over causing drop down.
MAC do some mixing mediums which are good to mix with the glitter to help blend it onto the skin.
You can of course use a cream eye shadow as a base and push the glitter into it.
Also glitter is messy so do your eye makeup before you do your base. It's always better to apply a slick of moisturiser to the face and then go on to do the messy eye work. This way any glitter drop down can easily be wiped of the damp moisturised skin.
You can also use shadow shields to catch fall out.
MAC have a few types of glitter (of course they would).
|These come in a variety of colours|
MAC 3D Glitter is the same chunky formula as the standard glitter although each shard of glitter gives out a rainbow holographic finish. Impossible to photograph well due to the reflection of light bouncing off however in real life looks amazing. As you turn the face or body it catches the light and looks a different colour at each angle.
MAC Reflects Glitter is our favourite. It's much finer and rather than a strong wet look it gives a beautiful shimmer. Each colour contains a mix of a colour blended into a pearl pigment. It will look like a flat pearl glitter in the pot but depending on the colour you go for (the one in the picture is reflects red) it will have a glitter tint of colour.
Because it is finer it takes a lot to build up a solid block of colour but looks beautiful pressed on top of an eye shadow.
You can also mix all of these glitters with a mixing medium and use as eye liner or for use on the body.
Now the massive downside of MAC glitter is that they are tricky devils to get your hands on. Here in the UK they are only sold in the MAC PRO store in Carnaby Street, London. They are not for sale on the regular MAC UK website but you can purchase them through MAC mail order by calling 0800 054 6076. Hard to purchase colours over the phone but you can view the different glitters on the MAC USA website http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/793/505/Products/Multi-Use/Glitter/index.tmpl and then call the mail order UK to purchase. Jeez they don't make it easy to get hold of them here in the UK. If you are in the states it's much easier, you can just buy online from the previous link.
By the way, any one can go into a MAC Pro store, you don't have to be a makeup artist.
Which style of glitter do you prefer?