Make-up Mas­ter­class Glit­ter

Paddy McGur­gan is one of NI’s best-known beauty ex­perts and over the com­ing weeks he’ll tell you all you need to know about the lat­est make-up tech­niques

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - BEAUTY -

Fes­ti­val sea­son is just around the cor­ner, in­clud­ing Bel­sonic in June and Belfast Vi­tal in Au­gust. One of the most im­por­tant el­e­ments of any fes­ti­val-goer is their make-up and, more im­por­tantly, their glit­ter. I have to ad­mit that I am a com­plete glit­ter-aholic and adore us­ing it to add sparkle. It adds vi­brancy to any make-up, and es­pe­cially fes­ti­val make-up, of course.

Glit­ter can be used on the eyes as a cen­tre­piece for the face, around the up­per cheek, as a high­lighter or even as chest/body art. My favourite as­pect of us­ing it is that there are no rules. You have full cre­ative free­dom to use it where and how you feel it will look best.

Here are my all-time favourite glit­ters to cre­ate any fes­ti­val look.

LIT Cos­met­ics, £12, www.make­up­pro­s­

I love us­ing the LIT cos­met­ics range — it has such a wide choice of size, styles, colours and themes. I love the dif­fer­ent vari­ants of tones that can be used for this. LIT is a Canada-based brand, and I adore how the glit­ters can vary from su­per wear­able and ver­sa­tile to neon and chunky for fes­ti­val-in­spired make-up. My all-time favourite glit­ters to use for fes­ti­val make-up from the LIT range are Oprah, Cham­pagne Wishes, Mod­ern Love and Joy.

NYX Metal­lic Glit­ter, £6

These glit­ters are su­per pig­mented and re­flec­tive shades for face and eye work. They are avail­able in six ul­tra re­flec­tive shades rang­ing from deep bronze to holo­graphic pink and sandy gold. And they are not only glit­ters. They also have a metal­lic fin­ish that gives an added di­men­sion of sparkle. Use a glit­ter glue to ad­here to the eyes and face, and you have an easy, ready-to-go fes­ti­val look.

Barry M Fine Glit­ter Dust, £4.59

The Barry M Fine Glit­ter Dust is al­most like a pig­ment, but it con­tains re­flected glit­ter, which en­hances the sparkle you will re­ceive when you ap­ply to the face or eyes. The loose pearl dusts come in a va­ri­ety of bril­liant colours that have been clev­erly blended with ul­tra fine, di­a­mond-like glit­ter flecks. This is per­fect for lay­er­ing — the glit­ter dusts are so finely milled that they build beau­ti­fully upon each other. They can be used for a va­ri­ety of looks from su­per-sub­tle to in­tense and vi­brant de­pend­ing on how much of the prod­uct you ap­ply.

Ob­ses­sive Com­pul­sive Cos­met­ics, £15.50

I love us­ing the OCC Glit­ters for fes­ti­val make-up be­cause I love how the glit­ter re­flects back, es­pe­cially on cam­era. This week­end for May Day, Make-Up Pro Store is of­fer­ing 50% off OCC in all three Make-up Pro Stores (108-112 Royal Av­enue, Belfast; 80 Hill Street, Newry; 13 Pump Street, Lon­don­derry) and also on­line at www.make­up­pro­s­ This glit­ter does re­quire a glit­ter ad­he­sive to re­duce fall-out and en­sure longevity through­out the day. My favourite shades are Beige, Scarab and Neon Yel­low — per­fect for fes­ti­val make-up.

In­glot Body Sparkles, £13, In­glot Cos­met­ics

These are bril­liant glit­ter flakes that re­flect light and add colour. The glit­ters come in a va­ri­ety of shapes and colours to be used on nails, lips, and all over the body (ex­clud­ing eyes). They are ideal for face and body glit­ter, and ap­ply beau­ti­fully on to the skin and give the skin an ex­tra dash of glow.

Lot­tie Lon­don, £2.99, Su­per­drug

You can’t prop­erly party at Coachella without some face and body embellishments. I es­pe­cially loved how the fes­ti­val-go­ers have brought out all the boho stops with a be­jew­elled fore­head ac­cent. Lot­tie Lon­don has a large se­lec­tion of fes­ti­val face gems (£2.99), which are self ad­he­sive and su­per easy to ap­ply.

Glit­ter Ex­press, £3.49, Glit­terEx­

Glit­ter Ex­press is a brand that is known for its craft glit­ter and for nail ap­pli­ca­tions, but it has now branched into cos­met­ics. I re­cently pur­chased a holo­graphic white/blue glit­ter (Poly Flake 008 Disco) and I’m ob­sessed with how it re­flects light and how it can in­cor­po­rate beau­ti­fully into so many dif­fer­ent eye make-up vari­a­tions and colour com­bi­na­tions. I adore us­ing this dur­ing fes­ti­val and cre­ative make-ups — it’s def­i­nitely a must-have for all the make-up lovers out there.

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