Glitter Eye Shadow Is Back—and It's Better Than Before

Someone very wise once said, “You can never have too much glitter.” For the most part, we’re inclined to agree. Unfortunately, the glitzy, glittery eye shadow of our teen years came with a few drawbacks—namely, the tendency to leave a trail of shimmer everywhere, from our cheeks and our clothes to every surface we touched. After just one day of sparkly eye makeup, we’d be finding flecks of shimmer for weeks, and the experience left us more than a little glitter gun-shy.

Luckily, eye shadow technology has come a long way since the ‘90s. These days, it’s easier than ever to get your sparkle on without the risk of discoball-like fallout. Cue Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow, a cream eye shadow with super-shiny pearl and glitter pigments that glide over eyes with the flick of a wand. Unlike loose glitter, there’s no flaking or fallout—once it dries down, it locks into place until you take it off. To help you ease back into the world of glitter eye makeup, we put together a quick tutorial with this shimmery superhero and a few of our other Stila favorites. Behold, a shimmering smoky eye that shines so bright, you just might need shades.

Step 1. Create a Brilliant Bronze Base

Apply Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Bronzed Bell, a bronze loaded with silver and copper glitter, to the center of your eyelid. You can dab the wand applicator directly onto your skin, or tap an eye shadow brush onto the wand to pick up the product. Using a blending brush (we used Wayne Goss Brush 19), blend the eye shadow all over your eyelid before it dries down.

Step 2. Add Shimmering, Smoky Definition

Next, take an eyeshadow brush and tap it on the wand of Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Molten Midnight, a deep black with silver and gold sparkle. After you pick up some product, make a few dots along the crease and outer corner of your eye. (Makeup artist’s tip: you can use a pencil brush, like Wayne Goss Brush 05, for more precision application.) Blend the dots with a clean brush to sculpt your eye socket, pulling the shadow out towards the tip of your brow to form a soft cat eye.

Step 3. Finish with Liner & Lipstick

To complete the look, draw a thin line of Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner in Intense Black along your upper eyelashes to add definition. Curl your lashes, apply your favorite mascara, and finish with a natural nude lip that won’t steal the spotlight from your flashy lids. Anusha M. wears Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Dolce, a soft cinnamon peach with a long-wearing matte finish.

Ready to hop back on the glitter train?

Explore all the Magnificent Metals shades, or shop our selection of Stila products here.