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The Best Glitter Makeup Helpers

Glitter eyeshadow tips and hacks
Today for Top 10 Tuesday we’re sharing our favorite Glitter makeup products. In the past Makeup Artist Christy Ann shared her secrets for creating a glitter eye, and today I shared the glitter makeup I crave (since I don’t actually own 10 and can’t create a “best of” list with 10 items).

Glitter makeup definitely isn’t easy to work with, in particular anything loose and powdery. I thought I’d share the products I’ve found to help me out for when I am dealing with anything that needs help beyond a regular primer.

1. ELF Makeup Mist and Set: This handy spray was one of my picks for the best makeup products from ELF, and my friend Phyrra has a great post on how to use ELF Makeup Mist and Set. I primarily use it to spray on my brush and help pick up product. I then pat the shadow on. Glitter shadows should always be patted, sweeping will just make a mess.

2. ELF Glitter Primer: Another one of my picks for ELF’s best beauty products. This primer is used just like any other shadow primer, except that it is a bit sticky, so it grabs onto shadows and especially glitters.

3. Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue: I only recently bought this, so I don’t have a lot of experience using it yet. The regular Shadow Insurance is one of my favorite products, it’s the shadow primer that I reach for when using powdery eye shadows because it already has a bit more “grab” than something like Urban Decay Primer Potion. The Glitter Glue version is similar to the ELF Glitter Primer, but with a little more grab and I think it lasts a little longer (12 or 13 hours easily versus about 11 or 12 hours).

4. Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy: Pixie Epoxy is what you should be reaching for if you want a really foiled finish for your eye look. This one isn’t a primer, instead it is a product that goes over your regular primer (which you’ll still want to use to prevent creasing and fading), in a super small amount. Really small. I will tap the tip of my finger with the doe foot applicator and then spread that onto my entire lid. Then wait a minute or so, and you can pat shadow on to the sticky surface. This is the stickiest of the 3 and really is meant for creating a foiled look. I learned about it from Phyrra (of course) and she listed when I featured her in Phyrra’s Favorite Makeup Products.

5. ELF Makeup Lock and Seal: This isn’t a product that I’ve seen mentioned very often, and while I’ve owned it for a few months I’ve only tried it once. It’s not easy! Lock and Seal is for any makeup that you want to stay put. The idea is that you dump the makeup into the little dish, add a bit of the product and mix. You apply with the brush. And the makeup that you use really does stay put. It’s somewhat amazing actually, and it does a great job of creating a pretty foiled look. I think it’s much easier to use with products that are already loose powders, I haven’t tried it out with anything cream or pressed yet.

6. Hard Candy Take It Off Remover: Whenever I have anything that I think might be a bit hard to remove, I reach for this remover. It takes off everything really easily. A few months ago I had lunch with a PR rep (this never happens) and she mentioned that one of their mascaras was hard to remove because of the fibers. I had not a clue the mascara was hard to get off! Even she was complaining about it. I’d been using this, which makes everything, even the most difficult to remove waterproof makeup, melt off immediately.

7. e.l.f. Studio Glitter Eyeshadow Applicator and Make Up For Ever 224 Silicone Applicator: I have both of these, but haven’t mastered them yet myself. I’ve heard that many people looooove them. These are silicone brushes, shaped like those little makeup applicators that we all throw away from eye shadows, and they’re meant to help you pick up glitter products without making a mess. They work best with patting.

What did I miss? What are your favorite products, primers, tools and removers for working with glitters?

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I’m a doctor, a mommy and a bit of a beauty addict. If you let me, I can take 2 hours to get ready in the morning. Really. I'm on a quest for faster beauty that works!

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  1. 1.3.14

    I just bought the ELF Silicone applicator; I wish I'd looked at this again and bought the blending brush and Lock and Seal. Oh well, next time.

  2. 1.6.14
    Barb S. said:

    Christine, thank you so much for sharing them! I need to try the Hard Candy Take it off Remover!