4 Sophisticated Ways to Wear Shimmery Makeup

When we think of shimmery makeup, it’s easy to call up images from the 70s glam rock movement or perhaps a 13-year-old’s first attempt at eye shadow. The truth is, however, that a little shimmer can be very chic (and dare we say, quite elegant!).

To prove it, we’ve rounded up the best inspiration from Instagram to show you how to make shimmer look sophisticated.

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Shimmer Accents

In this look from @makeupbymario, the artist uses small amounts of fine white shimmer on the eyelid, under the bottom lash line and on the lips for a glowing “no makeup” makeup look. The result is a fresh look that's perfect for a night out.


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On Your Nails

Glitter nail polish, used in the right way, can look elegant. Paired with a neutral polish shade and applied to the base of the nail like this look from @paintboxnails, is an easy way to have a little fun without going over the top.


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On Your Lids

If you want to take the shimmery eye makeup up a notch, a smoky effect is the perfect way to do it. This look on @sheidafashionista can be achieved by lightly applying a silver shimmer to the middle of the eyelid, creating an almost iridescent effect.


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On Your Cupid’s Bow

Applying a dab of shimmery gold highlighter on the cupid’s bow of your lips like @lizelmua is a subtle way of enhancing their shape and adding some dimension to a nude lipstick.