How to Tattoo Yourself With Glitter

Get inspired by Giamba’s “sparkle sluts”

Thanks to the frantic pace of the digital age, the average person has the attention span of a goldfish. (No, seriously. This is a fact supported by an actual study.) Seeing as the fashion sphere changes its mind even faster, we decided to provide you with a condensed report from backstage this season. As much as we’d like to pen novels in the name of lipstick and hairspray, we get it—you’re busy. Here, the beauty version of CliffsNotes (all facts, no fluff) that you can easily skim in eight seconds…because science says that’s all the time you have.

SHOW: Giamba

CITY: Milan

THE LOOK: High-fashion glitter tattoos stamped on rich bitches with beautiful, glowy skin. 

INSPO: Inspired by rock stars like David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix, the Giamba girl trades her privileged European past for sunshine and adventure in La La Land, explained Garland:  “She comes from an aristocratic background, but she’s gone to the live in LA. She’s a little bit of a rebel. She’s come back to the family home for the weekend, but she’s here alone,” said the makeup artist. “The idea is that she wakes up and she still has a bit of last night’s makeup on because she went to a friend’s party and this is how she looks as she’s wandering through the rooms of the palatial family mansion. Basically, she doesn’t really wear a lot of makeup because she’s a cool girl, but she likes the idea of makeup as a tattoo and she likes the idea of glitter as a symbol.”

KEY PLAYERS: Makeup artist Val Garland, Hairstylist Paul Hanlon, and Manicurist Keri Blair

BEAUTY MVPs: MAC Glitter in 3D Silver, Wildflowers Unicorn Hologram Pigment Powder

TOP TIPS: To create the glittery crescent moons and Vs (for Giambattista Valli), Garland’s team sketched out the shape in a cream-colored liner pencil first. (To achieve those perfect circles seen on the runway, pros gently pressed everything from water bottle caps to the bottom of gel liner pots onto models’ foreheads for a few seconds. This left behind a subtle indentation on skin that could be used as a guide.) Face painters then followed the stencil with a brush dipped in MAC Mixing Medium Eyeiner. Using the same brush, silver glitter was gently tapped over top before any rogue particles were removed with sticky-but-still-gentle electrical tape. After mapping out the placement of your tattoo, Garland also recommends dusting around the area with translucent powder so that any fallout can be easily swept away.

Playing off the glittery boots and slides in the collection, models with open-toed shoes received a mesmerizing holographic pedicure by Blair. To create the effect without gel, the polish pro applied a water-based top coat, let it dry for exactly five minutes, “gingerly” buffed Wildflowers holographic pigment onto nails with an eyeshadow sponge, and sealed with a high-gloss varnish. Under the bright runway lights, toes looked like “they were on fire.”

WORDS FROM THE WISE: Garland declared the ear “the new erogenous zone.” The contours of model Lina Hoss’ right ear were outlined with MAC Mixing Medium Eyeliner then coated with glitter. To DIY, the makeup artist suggests applying the Mixing Medium then lying your head down onto a piece of paper sprinkled with sparkles.

TREND TALLY: Ear art was spotted at Proenza Schouler where models’ lobes were rubbed with taxi-cab yellow pigment. We’ve also seen glitter on the runway at DKNY, Adrienne Landau, Rodarte, Gareth Pugh, and Fendi.

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