How To: Glitter Lips


If you use Instagram to follow beauty and makeup accounts, you’ve probably noticed the glitter lips trend that’s been around for a while now.

Unlike many other beauty trends, this one is easy to recreate and works really well as a statement lip for a night out. If you’re looking for a quick way to refresh your look, this is it. MAC and NYX offer a variety of finely milled body glitters in different shades. For this tutorial, I chose NYX Professional Makeup Face & Body Glitter in Red to update a classic red lipstick with some ruby-hued sparkle.

red glitter lips


Hydrate your lips and start with a smooth base by applying a lip balm or scrub.

Base Colour

Apply BH Cosmetics Luxe Lacquer in Cherries Jubilee (or any other deep red liquid lipstick) all over the lips.

red glitter lips


Your glitter is going to need something to stick to. I use NYX Glitter Primer, which sets glitter in place and prevents fallout. Squeeze a small amount of primer onto the back of your hand and use a smooth, flat lip brush to apply. Gently dab the primer onto the centre of the lips, then use the brush to spread the primer across the lips in an even layer. Only use a few brush strokes to do this, otherwise your lipstick will smear.

nyx glitter primer

applying primer


Now comes the fun part! Tap some glitter into the lid of the shaker and apply some pressure while you press a small, stubby eye shadow brush (like this Real Techniques one) into the glitter. Tap off any excess then dab the glitter onto the lips, ensuring you go up to the corners so that your lips are completely covered.

how to: red glitter lips


Once your entire makeup is finished, set everything with a setting spray. I use Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray.


To ensure your glitter lips last as long as possible on a night out, order your drinks with a straw. If you don’t, your lipstick will smudge in no time.

The lips are the main feature of this look, so keep eye makeup minimal. Neutral eye shadow, winged eyeliner or just mascara will do. Enhance one feature at a time.

how to glitter lips

how to glitter lips

What are your thoughts on the glitter lip trend? Will you be trying it out yourself? Let me know in the comments below!


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