It’s no secret Pat McGrath has a thing for glitter. As the unofficial authority on glitter, she’s sprinkled it on lips, on lids, on cheeks, and now at Couture Week in Paris – she’s covered half a face in it.

At Givenchy, McGrath went gung-ho on the glitter, smearing the sparkly stuff across the upper half of model faces. Like a kind of galactic masquerade mask, McGrath painted the top half of a handful of model faces – including Cara Taylor – with a sparkling silver pigment and lubricated brush. Riffing on Val Garland’s 2018 glitter face for Giambattista Valli – where the entire face was covered in glitter – McGrath’s take was slightly more subdued – and we mean slightly. Still heavy-handed with her articulation, ample glitter decorated skin with glee.


But as Cara Taylor knows, when there is glitter involved, there is also a certain level of mess that comes with it. “A holographic dream 💿 will find glitter everywhere for the next year but soooo worth it!!! it was such an amazing show @clarewaightkeller as always,” she captioned her spectacular sparkling forehead on Instagram. Playing beauty dress-ups with a little sparkly pigment may look fabulous, but three months later, when you’re still waking up with flecks of glitter stuck to your face, it ain’t so pretty after all. So how does one truly master the art of orderly glitter at home? We enlisted the help of celebrity makeup artist Max May to show us how to jump on the glitter train at home – without (some) of the mess.

“Most glitters you buy from cosmetics companies are fine enough and will stick to the skin, particularly when it comes to applying it over foundation or a lipstick,” May explains. “In that case, I just apply the glitter direct off my fingertip in a dab motion.” And his sparkle of choice? “If I’m applying to the eyes or want a super concentrated look, I use Too Faced Glitter Glue Primer. The girls for Mecca introduced it to me when they saw me using a lash glue. It is super fine on the skin making it undetectable and is easy to rinse away when you are done. I apply it using a brush so I get a really precise and even application.” He adds: “For sharper lines and a sharper finish, I use a small flat brush to apply the glitter with, or, for softer edges and larger areas I use my fingertip in a ‘single’ dab approach. This will make the glitter look shiner and avoid any pulling up of the Primer.”

According to McGrath, glitter is always a good idea. Remember, you’re never too old to sparkle.