Transform yourself into an enchanting fairy with dazzling glitter and shimmer eye makeup. If you have fairy wings to wear as apart of a costume, incorporate the colors of the wings into the design. With the variety of vibrant products available, you can get creative with the eyeshadow and eyeliner colors and glitter.

Create an enchanting fairy makeup look with this tutorial.

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What you will need for your fairy makeup look.

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Things You'll Need


Step 1: Create a Base

Apply foundation and powder all over your face, ears and neck. If you would like to brighten up the area around and on the eyes before applying eyeshadow and glitter, apply highlighter to that area with a brush or blending sponge. This creates a base that will allow for the eyeshadow colors and glitter to stand out.

Apply foundation and powder to the face.

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Powder highlighter makeup to brighten the eyes.

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Apply highlighter all over the eye area.

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Step 2: Apply Eyeshadow

With the blending sponge, apply the lightest eyeshadow color on and around your eyes. Then on a clean part of your blending sponge, apply the darkest shade of eyeshadow you have on the eyes, sweeping the color up to the hairline.

Use a clean blending sponge to blend the lines between the light and dark eyeshadow colors but still keeping the shades distinct from one another. Use the same dark eyeshadow and repeat the application to the other eye and surrounding area, or choose another dark eyeshadow color to apply.

You can also apply eyeshadow between the eyes if you want to create a mask makeup effect.

Apply the lightest eyeshadow color.

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Apply a darker eyeshadow color.

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Apply another eyeshadow color.

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Step 3: Further Blend Eyeshadow

Use the tip and sides of the blending sponge to blend the various eyeshadow colors where they meet, but keep the colors distinct. Blend with a soft pressing-down motion onto the eyeshadow instead of swiping the eyeshadow.

Use the blending sponge to blend the eyeshadow.

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Blend the eyeshadow all the way to the hairline.

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Side and front views of the blended eyeshadow.

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Step 4: Apply Glitter

With a clean blending sponge, apply the glitter cream shadows on and around the eye area on top of the blended eyeshadow colors. Use as many glitter shadow colors as you see fit to enhance the blended eyeshadow colors, but try to stay within two to three glitter colors.

Tips

  • White iridescent glitter tends to match many eyeshadow colors flawlessly. If you want to use glitter that will stand out more, use a silver or gold glitter. 
  • You can also use the same color glitter as the eyeshadow you have applied if you want your makeup to be shine subtly.

Applying white glitter.

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Angled view of the white glitter.

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Side view of the white glitter.

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Applying gold glitter.

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Step 5: Draw Eyeliner Designs

With a darker liquid eyeliner color, start applying from the inner corner of the eye. Continue drawing the eyeliner along the lash line and extend past the eye with swirl-like designs. Repeat to the other eye. Both symmetrical or asymmetrical swirl designs can work. To highlight the eyeliner designs, use a lighter liquid eyeliner color and draw alongside the already drawn eyeliner designs.

Tips

Because you are applying the liquid eyeliner on top of the glitter, the eyeliner may need to be applied two to three times to show up vibrantly.

Applying liquid eyeliner.

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Swirl designs drawn on with liquid eyeliner.

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Drawing swirl designs with liquid eyeliner on the other eye.

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Green eyeliner used to highlight the blue eyeliner designs.

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Step 6: Apply Rhinestones

If you choose to apply rhinestones to your eyeliner designs, use small, flat-backed rhinestones and a white eyelash glue, which will dry clear. Take one rhinestone and apply a dab of eyelash glue to the back. Wait 30 seconds before applying the rhinestone to the desired area on your face. Press the rhinestone on your face and hold in place for 30 seconds. Repeat in other areas where you would like to display rhinestones.

Tips

If you have excess glue from pressing the rhinestone too firmly onto your face, carefully wipe away the glue while it’s still wet with a cotton swab, or let it dry clear.

Apply just a dab of white eyelash glue to the back of the rhinestone.

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Carefully apply the rhinestone to the desired area on your face.

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Let the rhinestone dry.

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Apply more rhinestones to the eyeliner designs and around your eyes.

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Step 7: Apply the Finishing Makeup Touches

Brush on bronzer or blush to your cheekbones and apply black mascara to your eyelashes. If you want fuller looking eyes, apply faux eyelashes. Apply lipstick, and your makeup look is finished.

Applying bronzer to the cheeks.

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Applying mascara to the eyelashes.

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Faux eyelashes applied.

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Applying pink lipstick.

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Step 8: Removal

To remove your fairy makeup at the end of the day, first peel off the rhinestones. Then with makeup remover towelettes, wipe off the eyeliner designs and eyeshadow and finally the face makeup and lipstick. It may take two to three towelettes to fully remove all of the makeup.

The finished fairy makeup look.

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An enchanting makeup look.

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