How to get the festival glitter look

If you’re heading to a festival soon, or you just fancy being a glittery unicorn, make sure you’re ready to get your glitter on with these top tips from up-and-coming make-up artist, Lance Breakwell.

Lance says: “Glitter has always been a trend for festivals, and when done right it can transform make-up looks into beautiful works of art.” Follow these simple tips for an amazing festival-ready look...


Use a primer on your face to help reduce shine. Primer is a great base for your make-up, and will help to keep your look in place for longer.


For eyelids I use Stila “Eyes are the Window” shadow palette in “Soul” and MAC shadow pallet in “Warm Neutral”. Start by taking a mid-transition colour, I use Stila “Heart”, and apply it all over the lid to set the tone for your eye shadow.

To create a gentle transition from light to dark, start from the inner corner of your eye and work towards the outer corner. Then take a slightly darker brown, I use Stila “Individual”, and apply it from the middle of the eyelid to the outer “V” corner of your eye.

Next, apply a darker shade of brown, I use Stila “Light”, to the outer corner of your eyelid and gently blend. Don’t worry about your shadow being too pigmented or heavy at this point, as you can always top it up later on.


You then need to highlight the inner corner of your eye with a glitter dust like “Fine Glitter Dust” by BarryM. With a small brush, gently press the dust into the corner of your eyelid just above your tear duct. This opens up the corner of your eye for a brighter look.


You can go for winged eyeliner or get creative and apply in your own style! An added option would be to apply false lashes for an even bolder look.


It’s contour time! Contour the area along your temples and below your cheekbones, starting from your ear and finishing just in the middle of your cheeks. Use a downward sweeping motion along your jawline to give the illusion of a more defined jaw. Once you’ve finished contouring, apply blusher from the apples of your cheeks going towards your temples.

Now to add some colour! I use a variety of blues to create teal and turquoise tones, but feel free to use any colours you wish. You can try this look with pinks, purples and greens - the brighter the colours the more eye-catching it’ll be.


Apply the shadow to your lash line and blend down to achieve a smoky-eye effect. My top tip is to try and follow the shape of your eye as this will compliment you more.


Highlighting has fast become a huge trend on the beauty scene. I use Illamasqua “OMG” highlight powder to add a glow to the cheekbones. In my opinion, you can never have too much highlight at a festival!


Once you’re happy with your eyeshadow colours, take some mascara and apply it to the eyelashes. Then with an eye pencil, I use two different colours, with a blue and black eye-pencil, create a gradient effect; starting with black in the far corner of the eye and blending it into blue near the tear duct.


Using a small brush, gently apply fixing gel to the area just below the tear duct and place the glitter shapes on the area using your brush. I use a few different glitter shapes, such as stars and butterflies, along with some smaller sprinkles of glitter. Using the same brush you used for the fixing gel will secure the glitter more and ensure you’ll sparkle all through the day.

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