I look forward to New Year's Eve parties every year for one single reason: glitter beauty products. There is truly nothing more fun in this world to me than a hand or face full of the sparkly stuff. Glitter is the one thing I feel completely OK being messy with, as it reminds me of every queer-centric party I've ever been to in my life. Truly, there is no greater feeling for me than waking up the next morning (and many mornings after that) with glitter in my clothes and stuck in the crevices of my body. In this way, the party never ends.
Opportunities are few and far between for us fully-formed adults to revel in the joys of glitter, with the exception of every queer bash my college throws and on New Year's Eve, of course. Luckily, there are a number of options for us glitter junkies in the beauty department for this wonderful night and beyond. Glitter gel, sparkly nail polish, and luminescent eyeshadow all beg to be parts of our regular party-going repertoire. There are also plenty of gold glosses and shadows out there to match the gilded NYE body decor.
Here are some of the glitter and metallic-inspired cosmetics that have me hyped for the new year, and are perfect for any party look. Don't be afraid to mix and match, either. The more glitter, the better!
1. All That Glitters
Apply this to your lids using an eyeshadow brush and a glitter primer, and you'll be party-ready. Plus, this shade can bring a little galactic touch to your evening. It's perfect for aliens and alien lovers alike.
2. Metallic Eye
This cream to powder shadow has an intense sparkle and an awesome metallic finish. It's ideal for bolder looks, or anyone into high definition eyeshadow.
3. Unicorn Snot
Rub this gel anywhere on your body or face, and feel its mystical powers that will transform any social situation into a fun and stress-free time. Don't underestimate your unicorn snot.
4. Roll-On Shimmer
These adorable rollers make me think of all the roll-on body glitter I used as a child. They're very nostalgic for '90s kids, and perfect for glitter application to the eyes, face, and body.
5. Glitter Liquid Liner
Step up your cat-eye game this NYE with a liquid metal wing. Wear it alone, or pair it with a fun eyeshadow to really make it pop.
6. Multi-Purpose Glitter Spray
Sephora Collection Iridescent Holographic Glitter Spray, $10, Sephora
Add a little holographic alien edge to your look with a spritz of this stuff. It's perfect for anyone who plans on spending their NYE in a club dancing the night away. The spray is hair-friendly too, so glam up your 'do if you so desire.
7. Glittery Claws
Get your nails in on this glitz fest, and dress them up with some sparkly gold lacquer. It's the only shade you need for ringing in the new year.
8. Golden Girl
You can elevate your whole look by embracing all things gold. This set has all areas covered, so you can try a little gloss in Gold Digger for your pout, the Hot Sand Illuminator for your cheeks, and the South Beach NARS Multiple for your lids. It may seem like overkill, but this is NYE we're talking about. Live it up in all your golden glory.
9. Star Powder
Star Powder In Gold Copper, $20, makeupforever.com
Its fineness makes it seem like it might be subtle, but don't worry. Make Up For Ever's Star Powder packs a punch with its light-catching technology and intense sparkle. And it's great for both the face and body.
10. Sparkly Pout
Glitter doesn't have to be silver or gold (or alien green). This rad lipstick is an edgier take on a NYE sparkly look, and perfect for lovers of darker hues.
11. NYE-Ready Lashes
Black & Gold Glitter Mascara, $15, Body Shop
Bring even more attention to your decked-out peepers with a touch of sparkle in your lashes.
There truly is nothing better than feeling like a sparkly alien babe any night of the year.
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