Applying jewels and glitter to your face may seem self explanatory, but it’s actually a lot more difficult than you would think. The first time I applied them, I struggled to get my jewels and glitter to look well put together. It really depends on how you apply them and what colours of glitter you use. To keep it simple for this tutorial I used Iridescent Aura face jewels, Chunky Silver glitter – both from The Gypsy Shirne. And Iridescent Flakes by Festival Face glitter.
I start off by peeling the gemstones out of the packaging and applying them to my forehead and to my cheekbones. Its really up to you where you place your jewels. Each persons face is different, so they may fit better in different areas of your face to mine. If you find the gems are coving your brows or going into your hairline, it may be best to trim the sticker to fit your face shape better – and then reuse them another day.
Make sure your jewels are stuck down well so no edges are peeling off. I would recommend not wearing foundation under where you are planning to wear the jewels. It will last much longer and won’t peel off throughout the day – due to the oils in the foundation. For the sake of this tutorial I am wearing foundation. If you are, then I would reccommend a extra bit of glue around the edges.
Once all my gems are stuck, I like to map out roughly where I’m going to be applying glitter – using the Urban Decay heavy metals eyeliner. Of couse to match the rest of the look, I’m using the silver eyeliner. I find the more you cover the areas between your gems and hairline, the more flattering the glitter looks on your face. Try and draw your lines as far out as possible. Also below my cheekbone jewels, I drew some lines coming down for glitter tears later on.
Now to the messy part. I find its best to work in sections, using a small brush to help your glitter work look precise. First I apply my peel off glitter glue – using my Zoeva 322 brow brush and place it around the edges, dipping my glued brush into my chunky silver glitter pot by The Gyspy Shrine, and then tapping it onto the area where I have put my glue. Using a tapping motion rather than swiping helps the glitter to stick on better.
You can create any shape you want with your glitter, for this tutorial I decided to make the edges sharpe and slightly wrap both parts around eachother. Quite difficult to explain in text but hopefully the images help make it self explainitory. I started by filling in the areas I applied glue and then figure out my finished shape later.
I had a good idea on how I wanted my cheekbone jewels to look so I started really packing on my chunky glitter in the areas I wanted to fill. This doesn’t have to be perfect because you can sharpen up the edges later with a finer glitter.
Once I had a rough shape on my cheekbone gems, I start using my Festival Face irodecent flakes (one of my favourite glitters). Applying a thin layer of glue to the glitter tears and pressing the flakes on in a straight line, down from the gems. This was just an extra touch I added onto my design, which is compleatly optional.
After finishing my glitter tears, I move onto sharpening the edges of my gems. Same again, applying a small amount of glue and tapping the glitter on carefully. I decided to bring the shape up around the side of my face – into a point. This is where I decided what design I was doing with the rest of my glitter.
I create a point coming down between my brows, using the same mix of the chunky silver glitter and the irodescent glitter. This part was quite difficult to get presise as it’s such a small area. I found the irodescent glitter is easier to work with. Just take your time and work in very small sections on the smaller areas. You can always adjust the glitter using your nail, before the glue drys – its quite easy to manipulate.
I start creating the point of the edges on my head piece. I decided to leave a gap between each of the peaces – so it didn’t look like I was wearing a mask. I tried to keep them as parallel as possible, curving the point. I think this gave a really nice effect to my design.
To finish it off I went around all the edges of my gemstones just to blend the stickers with my face better. Even if its just a small amount, doing this looks a lot more flattering to your design. Also bringing a small amount of glitter between the jewels really helps blend everything together nicely.
Putting jewels and glitter on your face is all about getting creative. For this tutorial, I originally had no plan on what I was doing and this is how it turned out (which I think is pretty good). Just start off with your jewels and then work out what design you want slowly. I find glitter tears and pointed sharp edges always look flattering in a glitter design. Take your time in your design, and I’m sure you will end up looking fabulous!