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We celebrate the mood-boosting power of glitter

Glitter is the ultimate in camp, uninhibited, and downright fun make-up. To put it simply: it’s a form of a joyful self-expression, and a much-needed antidote to the grey parts of life – the make-up equivalent of RuPaul. So no wonder it’s having a moment – and not just in the toilets at school discos, but on grown-ups, too. Whether it’s a suggestion of something subtly shimmery on a chic rose-gold eyeshadow to a lip with more sparkle than a Strictly Blackpool special, glitter can fulfil all manner of briefs. Here’s a guide to how. Go on, add a little sparkle to your life.  

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Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette

Boasting a range of textures – matte, pearl, duo-chrome and glitter – this 18-piece palette in neutral, berry and golden tones is a bestseller for good reason. Why, you ask? Well, the clever mix of textures and colours all complement each other, and because of their creamy, buildable formulas, you can mix, match and blend to your heart’s content. 

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Selfridges Exclusive: Estée Lauder Pure Colour Love Sparkle Lip Collection

As for true trend-seekers, the glitter lip look is definitely one to try – and one you may have seen cropping up at the SS19 shows à la Jeremy Scott’s gold-foiled lip. Instead of faffing about with glitter powder or gold foil, Estée Lauder’s sparkle lipstick sets give you bold glitter lips with little effort or skill required. The two exclusive sets come in a range of shades – from iridescent pink and icy purple to glistening gold. 

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Eyeshadow Palette

If you’re firmly in the camp of championing ‘all things colour’, this vibrant summer palette is sure to put a smile on your face. Made up of 14 intensely pigmented rainbow hues that come in a range of matte and metallic finishes, you can play around with the textures and scale up the glitter as you wish. 

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Dior Wild Earth Summer Eyeshadow Collection

Dior’s summer make-up collection is dripping in elegant silky textures and rich earthy tones – read: this is the sophisticated girl’s take on glitter. Well, more of an effortlessly golden shimmer to be exact. From their pearlescent eyeshadow palettes to their reworked popular Addict Lacquer Sticks (now with extra shimmering bronze flecks throughout), we’re in love. 

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Natasha Denona Diamond & Blush Palette

International Make-up Artist Natasha Denona is the Girl Boss when it comes to skin-perfecting products. And her Diamond & Blush Palette is your new go-to for glowing skin. It features six finely milled powders, ranging from soft, shimmering coral blusher – perfect for a pretty, put-together office look – to pearl highlighter for a mid-week casual dinner, all the way through to the crushed crystal highlight for dancing on a Saturday night. 

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NARS Multi-Use Gloss 

Big statement alert: gloss is back. Squash any fears of your hair clinging to sticky lips at the slightest gust of wind; these new glosses from NARS have a light-yet-buildable formula that impart standout shine to lips, eyes, cheeks – or, quite frankly, anywhere that takes your fancy. Our favourite shades are Working Girl, a metallic yellow gold, and First Time, a shimmering pewter that looks particularly good when layered over eyeshadow. 

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Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow 

For the sparkle-seeking magpies among you, hold onto your hats because this one’s for you. These unassuming little pots from Hourglass are packed with highly pigmented crushed pearls and light-reflecting glitter. Their unique cream-to-powder formula allows you to start light and build up for your desired level of shine – we recommend layering with your index finger for a more intense finish. 

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Selfridges exclusive: SUQQU UK Summer Collection

Japanese brand SUQQU may be famed for being at the forefront of the latest in beauty technology, but that doesn’t mean they can’t do glitter too. Cue their new summer make-up collection, which is fabulous fun – not least their eyeshadow palette bursting with primary metallic colours. We’re eyeing up their Holographic Glow Crayon too, which imparts an iridescent pearly sheen to anywhere you’d like the light to naturally hit (think: top of cheekbones and under your brow).

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YSL Touche Éclat Glow Shot

Trust YSL to come up with a product that provides the skin with a (quite literal) glow shot. Containing a concentrated amount of teeny-tiny light-reflecting particles that form an intense, glossy highlight to the skin, this is the kind of magic juice that makes you look like you’ve been on holiday, had 10 hours’ sleep, and just finished a double reformer Pilates class. Dab onto the tops of cheekbones – or anywhere you want a hit of healthy glow. 

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Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set

Ideal for glitter novices, this is the product for anyone who finds the concept of glitter anywhere on the scale from nerve-wracking to downright terrifying. Why? They require zero skill to apply but provide one helluva punch. Their metallic pigments come in liquid form, so you can glide them onto the eyelid effortlessly without worrying about excess powder falling down your face. Bonus: once dry, they last all night long.  

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