AW18 Trend: Glitter Makeup

It’s easy to fall into something of a beauty slump after the bronzed skin and fresh glow of summer. To keep the autumn blues at bay, try one of AW18’s biggest makeup trends on for size… It’s all about glitter!

Image Credit @ Burberry

Traditionally, glitter makeup looks only have two outings a year – party season and festival season. But for the AW18 shows, the catwalks were aglow with glitter, from a subtle sheen to a statement sparkle. But how wearable were the looks, and how can you work glitter makeup into your look? Here, I break down some of the best in show, and give some tips on creating a party-perfect look for this season.


Image Credit @ Giambattista Valli Instagram

Glitter bomb at Giambattista Valli

There’s dipping your toe in a trend, and then there’s smothering yourself in glue and throwing yourself into a pool of glitter and rolling around in it. If you want to recreate Val Garland’s brilliance seen on the catwalk at Giambattista Valli AW18, you’ll have to do the latter.

Wear it: While stepping out with a full face of glitter isn’t always an option, take the look down in size to cover your eyelids for a party-perfect look.

Hero product: MAC Glitter in Pink and Iridescent White

Image Credit @ Tommy Hilfiger Instagram

Metallic eyes at Tommy Hilfiger

Mark Carrasquillo evolved the popular tear duct highlighting technique by using a touch of silver eyeshadow.

Wear it: Use either a metallic liner or a touch of dazzle dust or glitter for a less polished finish to gently highlight the inner corner of the eye. A subtle version of the look will work in the daytime, too.

Hero product: Nyx Metallic Eyeliner

Image Credit @ Pat McGrath Instagram

Bejewelled at Prada

Maybe glitter is simply too messy for your makeup routine? Try Pat McGrath’s take on the trend for Prada, where bejewelled car eyes were the order of the day.

Wear it: Use a pop of colour to create an on-trend graphic line and embellish with your favourite glitter or make like Pat and reach for the Swarovski crystals.

Hero product: Pat McGrath Subversive: La Vie En Rose Eye Palette

Image Credit @ Val Garland Instagram

Sprinkle of Glitter at Preen

Glitter queen Val Garland was at the helm again for this show, with another sparkling beauty look. The sprinkle of glitter across the models’ foreheads was supposed to make them look as if they’d just emerged from the water from a hunt for pearls, but glitter aside, this look was all about fresh, glowing skin.

Wear it: Again, Val’s creations aren’t always the first to be lifted straight from the catwalk (unless you’re truly brave), but move the sprinkle of glitter to the eyes or upper cheeks for party season, and for all your glitter-free days in between, recreate the glowing skin by mixing your favourite luminiser in with your foundation for an all-over glow.

Hero product: Val used MAC Mixing Medium Shine

Image Credit @ Diane Kendal Instagram

Glitter Lines Carolina Herrera

Thought glitter makeup was playful rather than sexy? Diane Kendal dubbed her look for Carolina Herrera as ‘midnight smoky’ and saw an inky smoky eye being brought to life with just a hint of sparkle.

Wear it: A great one for date night, create your classic smoky eye and then using a super-fine shadow brush, add a final sweep of shimmering midnight blue or purple to bring the look to life.

Hero product: MAC Pigment in Naval Blue

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