This summer it’s all about glitter.
Maybe it’s because we’ve had it with Hong Kong’s strict restrictions while the rest of the world moves on, but lately I’ve noticed a rise in eye-catching, sometimes OTT makeup, as if people are trying to fight back. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if there’s a direct connection between the two, but it makes sense that we’re all looking to express ourselves in dramatic ways—through makeup, fashion, and whatnot—after three years of rules and regulations.
And so comes the emergence of the face gemstone trend in 2022. Or should I say that again-appearance of face gems. Because this trend, just like blue eyeshadow and money highlights, is making a comeback on the scene after a 20-year hiatus. Coming straight from the late 90s and early 2000s, bejeweled accents have been spotted all over the world, from the Fall/Winter 2022 Fashion Week catwalk to almost every stage at Euphoria. And of course, the streets of Hong Kong too (but perhaps to a lesser extent).
Either way, what used to be worn exclusively at red carpet events or during Halloween is now popping up in our everyday lives and I’m not complaining. Stopping by the mall or going to the movies? Make a splash by donning the season’s hottest makeup trend: face gems.
From glued-on embellishments to jeweled stickers, there are an endless number of ways you can rock the face jewelry trend. Choose your favorite crystals, pearls and sequins and apply them to your eyelids, like freckles, to your nails and yes, even to your teeth. Here are our picks.
Face gems to help you achieve the energy of the main character:
At HK$25, elf Cosmetics’ face, body and nail pearls are an affordable way to enhance your everyday look. Three sizes make it easy to mix and match and create just the right vibe – the smallest pearls add a subtle touch of sparkle, while the largest pearls help complete a bold, bold look. To use, simply peel the facial gems from the packaging and apply to dry skin.
I get great vibes with Colorpop’s Mixed Crystal Face Jewelry. This sheet of iridescent pastel stars, hearts and gems catches the light in all the right ways, enough to make anyone sparkle. Bonus: each piece is not only self-adhesive for easy placement, but also reusable, so you can experiment with different looks this summer.
Light up with holographic face and eye stickers from favorite beauty brand Lime Crime. Bursting with euphoric colors, these self-adhesive decorations come in 44 shapes—we’re talking electrical bolts, diamonds, stars, and more—and three sets of pads. Stick them under the lash line, above the crease, under the browbones and anywhere else to add some excitement to your nighttime look.
Who else loves Melanie Martinez? Bring her hit album to life with CryBaby Teardrops from Cholas x Chulas, a small Latinx-owned beauty brand that specializes in all things sparkly. 70 teardrop jewels with fierce holographic glitter come in three colors and two sizes to DIY to your heart’s content.
Instead of crying about your acne, make your breakouts a little more fun—well, maybe a little more tolerable — with Squish’s Flower Power Acne Patches. Medicinal, protective, and cute AF, these non-drying acne stickers are made with a hydrocolloid that helps draw the blemish to the surface of your skin. Just put a patch on your whiteheads before you go to bed or before you go out and peel it off later to reveal flawless skin.
Glow with the MAC Cosmetics Face Glitter Collection. The brand offers glitter in 12 basic shades, three holographic variations, one iridescent wrist, one heart-shaped option, and another star-shaped option. What you do with these loose glitters is up to you – mix them into your makeup to add a glow or use them alone to make a statement.
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