The Extra AF Mascara Trend TikTok's Obsessing Over


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Glitter is back, and that’s a fact – just ask the TikTok qweens! They’ve been blending, coating, and dotting their eyes with all things sparkly – especially glitter eyeshadow – for the past few months. But the latest shimmery surprise is #GlitterMascara. Before your jaw hits the floor, allow us to spill the tea on why glitter mascara is trending (hint: Alexa Demie’s involved, duh), what it involves, and how to recreate the look with minimal effort. FYI – there’s no need to hunt through your art stash… Yet.

@hermesitgirl2 alexa,bella and devon literally screaming I love this #bellahadid #devonleecarlson #alexademie #itgirl #nyc #euphoria #maddyperez #dior ♬ original sound – ‍

The celeb deets: Let’s rewind to when Alexa Demie, one of our fave 90s baddies, stunned the world with a sparkling faux lash set on TikTok. She sparked a global glitter movement that’s STILL at level 100. Basically, she walked so #GlitterMascara could run.

@nikkissecretxx Glitter lashes😍 ib @R A K H S T A R #glitterlashes #bye2021 #newyear #nye ♬ Freak Witchu by Samyra – Samyra

The trend: #GlitterMascara involves coating your lashes with – you guessed it – a glitter-based lash formula (typically a top coat) for shimmery lashes that are oh-so-bright. Even though it screams $$$, the trend involves under-$10 products that instantly make your everyday lashes “party-approved.”

@onlyoniyea Good Girl💋#millyondabeat #foryoupage #foryou #fyp #makeupartist #blackgirlmagic #glitter #sparkle #tutorial #makeup #lashes #baddie #burlesque ♬ original sound – Julian Burzynski

The hype: The trend’s got over 796K views because it’s FUNctional and festive AF, making it worthy of a standing ovation. Yup, that’s what happens when a celeb’s on your side…

How to Get Glitter Lashes

There are two ways to infuse a handful of glitter onto your lashes, depending on whether you like ‘em natural or not.

1. How to Nail Glitter Mascara On Your Natural Lashes

@arevceline Glitter mascara??! It looks insane in person✨ #glittermascara #wetnwildmakeup #makeup #viralmakeup ♬ original sound – Arevig

If you’re going au naturel, you need an eye-safe top coat like wet n wild’s vegan Glitter Mascara Silver, $10. Their lightweight gel formula uses fine glitter for maximum payoff and a micro-wand tip that evenly distributes the pigment down to your lash roots. It glides on easily, whether you apply it over mascara or not, and dries quickly for some serious sparklin’.

2. How To Add Glitter To Your Falsies

If ditching falsies is a no-no, you’re lucky because TikTok’s covered that too.

@islandhunnayy Recreating the Alexa Demie glitter lashes✨ #greenscreenvideo #glitter #lashes #makeup #alexademie #fyp #viral #cute #makeupinspo #FrunktheBeat #katespadenycabana #glam #losangeles #latina #mexicana #fypシ #fypp ♬ original sound – Ahtziri

The first method involves coating your falsies with a liquid glitter eyeliner like NYX Professional Makeup’s Epic Wear Metallic Liquid Liner, $10, which spoils you with six bright shades (hot pink, anyone?) Take notes from @islandhunnayy, who uses an inexpensive lash set like Morphe Lashes – Long Beach, $6, for her trial round to see if it’s something you vibe with.

@kali.ledger white lash tips + glitter ‍✨ #makeuptutorial #makeup #tutorial #makeuphack #makeup ♬ Miss You (Sped Up Version) – _

@kali.ledger takes it up a notch by coating her lash tips with white mascara and then loose glitter pigments! You can skip the first step, but it’ll accentuate the pigments and make your falsies shine brighter than the fourth of July.

Disclaimer: make sure your loose glitter is eye-safe.

@miaatalkss Replying to @nayzzz_24 yes i did get glitter in my eye #fyp #makeup #glitter #lashes #makeupartist ♬ T E E N TIT A N S – rin tin

Orrrr, you could skip the hard work, like Demie herself, and shop for a set of shimmery falsies. @miaatalkss uses the KISS Halloween False Eyelashes, $6, in ‘Fiona – Silver Glitter’, and we’re hooked.

Our Thoughts on The Glitter Mascara Trend

What we liked: After scrolling past countless videos of glitter-encrusted lashes, we’re convinced that there’s nothing these cuties can’t fix – situationships included. As for functionality, it’s an added advantage if you usually cocktail your mascaras like we do – if not, check out our fave pairings here. In that case, adding a top coat won’t cost you any “extra” time.

@glossykiaraaive been wanting for so long, so worth it♬ Wuvv Might start singing – Silly ahh acc ☠️

What we didn’t like: This one’s for the hunnies opting for glitter mascara – all formulas aren’t made equal. If yours doesn’t stand out the way you’d like it to, try applying a base coat of regular mascara first and then doubling your glitter coats.

@mireyarios Glitter mascara ✨✨ #glitter #glitterspray #amazonbeauty #amazonbeautyfinds #glittermakeup #glitterlips #glitterart #mascarahacks #mascara #glittermascara #amazonbuys ♬ Wii – Mii Channel – Super Guitar Bros

The bottom line: It’s an immediate yes from us. Something about glitter takes us right back to our pre-pandemic Pinterest boards, so you best believe we’re counting down the days until NYE.

BTW, here are 10 of the best drugstore mascaras for jaw-dropping lashes.

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