High Definition: All That Glitters

ColumnWhen all that glitters includes your pretty face.

It’s great when a woman feels comfortable enough to walk out of the house without a stitch of makeup on, but there are times when a part of our womanly nature craves putting on something with an eye-catching, glinting sparkle that dances in the light. The right embellishments can make us feel vivacious, empowered, alluring, creative and daring.

If you happen to live somewhere this summer where the sweltering heat is making your skin glimmer with sweat, use it to your advantage and create a sultry look by adding a little extra oomph in all the right places.

Location, Location, Location

The best places to add shimmer to are the planes on your face and body that naturally reflect light:

– Tops of the cheekbone

– Arch of the eyebrow

– Inner corners of the eyes

– Bridge of the nose

– Peaks of the top lip

– Center of the bottom lip

– Collar bone

– Shoulders

Pro Favorites for Glitter, Shimmer and Shine

Use any of these eco products alone or mix them into your favorite lip color, eyeshadow, blush or lotion for a customized glimmer unique to you!

RMS Beauty Living Luminzer and Cream Eyeshadow in Spark


Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Aphrodite


Jane Iredale 24-Karat Gold Dust

It’s Your Face, Not Liberace’s Living Room

Restraint: Most women are too heavy handed with their shimmering products and just end up looking like a disco ball.  Women over 25 years of age should be very careful because too much shimmer in the wrong places accentuates aging areas on the face.

No More Fly Aways

If you are working with a powdered product, the glitter tends to fly everywhere and will start landing in places you never wanted it in the first place.  One way to stop this is by using your finger or a more compact brush slightly dampened. For larger areas to cover, like the body, you can easily turn any powder into a cream or liquid by mixing it into a base of lotion, oil, or a balm like Revolution Organics All-Over Body Balm.

Size Matters

The rule for glitter is the chunkier it is, the flashier it will look, and the more finely ground the shimmer particles are the more refined it will appear. You get to decide how much flash your face can handle.

Editor’s note: Got a celebrity look you’d like to copy or a trend you’d like to see incorporating healthy, non-toxic makeup? Send your questions to High Definition columnist Kristen Arnett at beauty@ecosalon.com

New York City based Kristen Arnett is an internationally renowned makeup artist and founder of the Green Beauty Team, styling high profile celebrities and runway models as well as a sought after beauty expert, educator and teacher for other makeup artists.

Image: Sylvia Krivickova

Makeup: Kristen Arnett