How To Apply Glitter Lipstick, According To 3 Celebrity Makeup Artists


If you've ever tried a lipstick with sparkles and glitter, you might have not-so-dazzling memories of discomfort. Most times it's coarse, and can irritate the skin on your lips, causing inflammation, which is especially uncomfortable in winter temperatures when lips are already chapped and windburned.

Even though these less-than-ideal conditions could deter you from shining under the glow of the disco ball (or, perhaps, your office's fluorescent lighting), don't be dismayed. TZR asked Lucy Halperin, a makeup artist who works with Emma Roberts, and Kaia Gerber; makeup artist Autumn Moultrie who works with Viola Davis and Kerry Washington; and Rachel Toledo, who works with Mariah Carey, Rosie Huntington Whiteley, and Olivia Palermo how to get these sparkle shades to stay on throughout a night of passed appetizers and cocktails.

“Wearing glitter can be hard and messy. I would advise lining the lips in a pigment or lipstick first, so you have a real depth of color on your lips,” says Halperin. “Another thing when doing glitter is to slightly smile, so you add an extra amount of product, and that will guarantee full coverage.”

In terms of lining, Moultrie suggests using "a coordinating liner color, then fill in the lipstick and press the glitter onto the lip with your finger. You can outline the lip with concealer on a lip brush for precision."

As for your selection of lipsticks, Toledo recommends using a matte or long-wearing, solid color lipstick as a base, such as Urban Decay Cosmetics Matte Revolution Lipstick, or MAC Matte Lipstick. Top off with some Smith's Rosebud Salve, per Toledo's recommendation, or a very sticky clear gloss, like one from Glossier.


After properly applying your favorite shade, making sure that it lasts for a substantial amount of time is vital. “If you're wearing a sparkly creamy lipstick, you can always add a drop of extra loose glitter on top — the smaller grained glitter usually works easier,” Toledo says. Try using a metallic glitter from NYX, or the newly-launched loose glitter from Anastasia Beverly Hills.

If you don't want to create your own glitter lip, there are still plenty of shimmery metallic formulas and glosses that do the trick. Shop them ahead.


BlitzTrance Lipstick


Pat McGrath Labs

Applying a lipstick that sparkles has never felt so comfortable. When you swipe the newly-launched, emollient-infused BlitzTrance on your lips, you'll be comfortable while your lips shimmer.

Frost Bunny, Frost Hunny, Frost Money Frosted Metal Lipstick 3-pc Set


FENTY Beauty

These three multitasking crayons, made for the lips and eyes, provide a metallic finish that will make you shine bright like a diamond. (Sorry, I had to do it.)

Power Bullet Metallic Lipstick


Huda Beauty

Huda Beauty's first-ever bullet lipsticks are infused with multi-reflective glitter and kaleidoscopic pearl pigments for shine, and made with sweet almond oil for comfort.

Oui Glitter Velour Lipstick


Juicy Couture

This lipstick might remind you of days when velour tracksuits ruled, but the five shades (Girls Stuff, UV Darling, Happily Ever After, Not Your Babe, and Ripped and Zipped) are all very grown-up.

Glitter Lipstick in Swipe Right


Gerard Cosmetics

You'll get plenty of swipe rights (and DMs) while wearing this creamy pink, satiny shade. Thank me later.


Enamored Hi-Shine Gloss Lip Lacquer


Marc Jacobs Beauty

A limited-edition shade just in time for the holidays, your lips will radiate a gold tint, with a hint of pink shimmer.

Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick in Lolita



This lipstick is entirely vegan and provides 24-hours of lasting shinning wear.

Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer


FENTY Beauty

You might not own an arsenal of glitter lipsticks, but any shade on your vanity can be transformed with a layer of this luminizer.

All That Glitters Lip Gloss



Add flirty colors with this glitter gloss. More dramatic color can be built by adding extra coats for additional shine.

Lip Studio Metallic Foil Metallic Liquid Lipstick



Create a metallic pout with just launched foil colors from Maybelline. The colors are offered in gorgeous earthy tones that feel weightless when applied.

Rich & Dazzling High-Shine Sparkling Lip Gloss



This sparkling gloss in Social Butterfly provides an apricot tone, which will quickly become a favorite everyday lip color.

Lip Gloss Extreme


Tom Ford

Another trick when looking to make your lips shine is to swipe this gloss over your favorite shades to make them look "icy" and glittery.