Yes, You Can Wear Glitter Makeup No Matter What Age You Are

Glitter makeup is one of those polarizing aesthetic choices that are like a bat signal for finding your tribe. Those who love it will immediately gravitate towards it (on you or in general) and those who find it "a bit much" may raise a brow (to which, we raise you a very reflective wink). Either way, it's most definitely a conversation piece. It doesn't just steal the thunder in the room, it is the thunder — or more accurately, the lighting. Even better, glitter technology has really come up these days; there are super-saturated glitter gels that rinse away with water, sparkly eye shadows so chunky they could moonlight as actual glitter (and do a pretty convincing job), even biodegradable glitter. As much as its popularity in beauty has grown, glitter never seems to have shed its elementary school arts-and-crafts supply reputation because many people still have this idea that glitter is for the youths. It's party makeup that's reserved for special occasions and costumes. Categorically untrue. As you'll see in this enlightening beauty shoot, we've sprinkled the stuff all over women of all ages, from 11 to 66, to discover that — brace yourself — glitter looks great on everyone. Just seeing it on your own reflection or on someone else inspires an immediate smile (some constructive advice, cat-callers: just be glitter). It's like an instant mood-lifter, a spark of joy on an otherwise dull landscape. Glitter is happy makeup, and happiness is ageless.
— Sable Yong

Fashion stylist, Ye Young
Kim. Makeup: Maki Ryoke.
Hair: Holly Mills. Manicure:
Yukie Miyakawa. Set design:
David de Quevedo.

Ling Tan, 43

Let us introduce you to the statement jewelry of makeup, the sequined cat eye. Elegant, regal, and perhaps best left to its own devices, an otherwise bare lid adds extra oomph.

Akiima, 23

To emphasize gleamy skin, makeup artist Maki Ryoke scatters glittery freckles across the cheekbones and nose.

Christina Kruse, 43

Glinting lips might not be midnight-cheeseburger-proof, but they will look glorious as the paillettes move through the night.

Jo-Ani Johnson, 66

A winking highlight will ensure eye contact, with a dollop of glimmer under the inner brows.

Pooja Mor, 26

Moisturize with glitter. Really. Apply lotion, then have a friend blow a palmful of sparkles at you and leave it where it lies.

Missy Rayder, 40

Smear colorful sparkle as underliner for a rocker effect (with easier cleanup).

Elaine Irwin

Close your eyes and remember how freeing it was to play with glitter when you were a kid. Embrace that spirit — and a jewel-tone cat eye. Use your fingers like you used to and smudge it out to the edges of your brows.

Alexandra, Demi, and Mae, 11

See? This is how you have fun with glitter.

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