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Glitter. You either love it or hate it. While it’s pretty to look at, it’s often a pain to apply and remove. It also seems to get everywhere. And somehow you still seem to keep finding bits of glitter days after you’ve removed it.

Besides, glitter seems best kept for special occasions and parties right? Not quite, says makeup artist Lolent Lee. Glitter eye makeup is perfectly appropriate during the daytime and the office. You just need to know how to work it.

Lee shares five easy tips:


1. The right colours


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It is important to note that glitter is different from shimmer, though depending on the texture, both can look quite similar. Glitter tends to give a more obvious finish, hence the preference to use it for special occasions and parties. That is why keeping it subtle is key, says Lee, when choosing a glitter eyeshadow shade for the office. Peach, soft gold, bronze, and nude tones work best. These not only give lids that sparkle, but won’t draw too much attention if you’re called into a meeting with your boss. Try Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Kitten Karma, $24. Complete the look by finishing off with two coats of mascara, and no eyeliner.

2. Pick a palette


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Choosing the right glitter eyeshadow is important too. According to Lee, choose one that has sparkly and fine glitter pigments, like the Too Faced Glitter Bomb Prismatic Glitter Eyeshadow Palette, $68. The finer the glitter, the less likely it will create a mess during application.


3. Primed for perfection


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To ensure that the glitter eyeshadow stays where it’s supposed to be — on your lids and not on your cheeks or the rest of your face, use an eyeshadow primer like Too Faced Glitter Glue Glitter Shadow Primer, $32, prior to eyeshadow application. This is made specially to ensure that the glitter particles in the eyeshadow or pigment powder stays put, throughout the day.

4. Brush up


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When applying glitter eyeshadow, use an eyeshadow brush to pick up the colour, tap off any excess from the brush, then sweep it over the lids. Lee says that this will ensure that the finished look will be a light glittered hue, and not like the disco ball you fear becoming. For more intensity, use a dabbing motion with the brush to apply the eyeshadow instead.


5. Line them up

Want a sparkly pop but can’t bring yourself to go the whole haul with glitter eyeshadow. Try a glitter eyeliner. And not just any colour, go for a sleek of silver, like the Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Glam Rock, $30. Subtle enough to pass the office test, but still gives a little rock star attitude.  


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