Fireworks Night: Wearable Sparkle

It’s not often that I include glitter in my makeup kit; most of the year I’m all about natural nude makeup looks. But when it comes to bonfire night, it’s always fun to cause fireworks by adding some wearable sparkle to your look. Here I’ve rounded up a few of my favourite glitter products on the market, and a few ideas for applying them.

Image Credit @ Camilla Akrans for Porter Magazine

Remember, remember the 5th November; it’s this Sunday which means it’s time for another bonfire night celebration. Whether you’re headed out to a fireworks display or hosting a bonfire party at home (check out my bonfire night recipe ideas here, if you are), it’s a good excuse to go for gold with some glitter makeup.

Glitter makeup was high on the agenda at the recent SS18 fashion shows, so any products you invest in now can be used throughout next season to tap into the latest trends. (Check out my round-up of the biggest beauty trends for SS18) I would recommend updating your usual party look with a touch of sparkle for a fireworks party look that you’ll feel comfortable in (and that will add an extra helping of shine on the night). Below I’ve given three options for wearable sparkle that are fun and festive.

Sparkling Cat Eyes

Why not opt for soft, smoky cat eyes for a fun party look that you’ll reach for again and again this season. I’ve created versions of this look on clients for the red carpet or special occasions on so many occasions. You can watch my video on how to create perfect feline flicks using Burberry’s Cat Eye Liner here, or follow my steps below; I’ve added in some sparkle for the occasion.

  1. Using the Black Cat Eye, mark a dot on each side where you want the flicks to finish. You now know you need to hit these marks.
  2. Draw and fill in the cat eye flicks; this liner is waterproof so you know the look will last.
  3. Use the powder end in the socket line and soften in to add a soft smoke to the look.
  4. Apply a little smudge of Vaseline or 8-Hour Cream just along the top of our feline flick using your little finger. Using an angled eyeshadow brush, dip into a MAC Glitter pot of your choice (I recommend warm colours like red or gold for a flattering finish), tap off any excess and press into the Vaseline. Hold a tissue under your eye to catch any stray glitter.
  5. Use the Fresh Glow Pen to lighten up the inner corners of the eye. Et voila!


Burberry Cat Eye Liner, £30
MAC Glitter, £16.50

Image Credit @ Daniel Jackson

Shimmering Skin

If you don’t feel comfortable in a statement eye or lip, why not add your wearable sparkle to your cheeks? I love fresh, glowing nude skin, and you can go as bold or as subtle as you want when it comes to adding some extra glow with glitter makeup. Here are a few options for adding some sparkle to your skin…

  1. Start with a base of Burberry Fresh Glow Fluid Base, which will give skin an all over even radiance. To finish, add an all-over sweep of Guerlain Météorites Blossom Collection: Météorites Pearls. This will give just a hint of sparkle so you’ll shine brighter than the Catherine Wheel.
  2. Take your usual foundation and mix with a pea-sized drop of MAC Strobe Cream. Apply as usual for a more radiant finish.
  3. To take either of the above looks to the next level, apply a slick of the cream shadow from Tom Ford Eyeshadow Double Decked along the cheekbone, then using a blusher brush, top with a dusting of the glitter powder on the top layer. This will create a gorgeous shimmer across your cheeks.


MAC Strobe Cream, £25
Guerlain Météorites Blossom Collection: Météorites Pearls, £41.50
Tom Ford Eyeshadow Double Decked, £48

Glitter Lips

For an ultra-playful look this bonfire night, try glitter lips (as spotted at Shrimps SS18). Try Pat McGrath’s signature lip kit to create statement catwalk-worthy glitter lips, or invest in a pot of glitter to match your favourite liquid lip colour (try Burberry’s liquid lip velvet) and press into the lip colour using a lip brush.


Pat McGrath Labs Lust 004 Lip Kit – Everything, £135
Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet, £26

Have fun this weekend, whatever you’re doing! Here’s hoping your evening sparkles as much as your makeup…