How to Wear Glitter Eyeshadow Over 40 & Still Look Sophisticated

2 Materials
10 Minutes

There is a myth out there that adults should never wear glitter eyeshadow. If you are a mature adult who loves glitter eyeshadow because it makes you look pretty, confident, and fun, then follow this tutorial to learn how to wear glitter eyeshadow that makes you look like the sophisticated adult you are.

Tools and materials:

  • Cream glitter eyeshadow
  • Makeup brushes
Applying a neutral base eyeshadow

1. Apply a base

Start with a base of your regular neutral-colored eyeshadow and some eyeliner.

Glitter eyeshadow over 40

2. Apply glitter eyeshadow

Using the eyeshadow applicator or your own makeup brush, apply your favorite cream glitter eyeshadow to your eyelids.

Here are some tips for applying glitter eyeshadow:

  • Use cream glitter eye shadow because it is much easier to apply than powder and remember the principle: less is more.
  • To apply it, pat it onto your eyelids rather than swiping.
  • Let the glitter eyeshadow set and dry by keeping your eyes closed.
  • If you have hooded eyes, use a darker glitter eyeshadow, and apply it right along your lash line instead of in the middle of your eyelids.
How to wear gold glitter eyeshadow

Apply the glitter shadow by patting it onto your eyelid from just above your eyeliner to just below your eye socket, stopping just before your tear duct. Use a small makeup brush to help even out the glitter.

Keep your eyes closed until the eyeshadow has set and dried.

Step back from your mirror to check that the application on both eyes is even. If it’s not, add a bit more glitter to one eyelid, or remove a bit with a Q-tip.

Should older women not wear glitter eyeshadow

For an additional bit of brightness and glitter, use a very small synthetic concealer brush to apply a bit more glitter eyeshadow around your tear duct at the inner corners of your eyes.

Can mature eyes wear glitter eyeshadow?

How to wear glitter eyeshadow over 40

Now you can be festive and party-ready with adult, sophisticated and fun glitter eye shadow. Leave us a comment to let us know how your glitter eyeshadow turned out. Also, let us know if you have a favorite glitter eyeshadow product!

Products used

Suggested materials:
  • Cream glitter eyeshadow
  • Makeup brushes

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  • Suzanne Cox Suzanne Cox on Sep 17, 2021

    I’m over 50, and still wear subtle glitter eyeshadow, and colors. Don’t ever let anyone tell you, you’re too old to be creative with makeup. It makes you look, and feel great!👍🏼

    • Stephanie Stephanie on Sep 18, 2022

      Same here. 50 and I still love the glitter look on me eyes and a hint on my lips.

  • Karen Karen on Sep 18, 2022

    Yes! Great Tutorial! Can you show different brushes along with their designated names and demonstrated usage?