How To Do Glam Like Your Favorite Celebrity

jenna ortega outfits
credit: Image Press Agency/

This article is part of a brand partnership.

The natural makeup look is a beautiful go-to option for your daily routine. But on special occasions and glamorous nights out, it is worth experimenting with a full face of glam makeup. There is no shortage of options for building your perfect look, meaning you can incorporate all your favorite elements.

Whether you choose a sophisticated cat-eye, sultry smokey eyes, and vivid red lips, or the perfect shimmery eyeshadow from YSL, you will be treated to the elevated touch your ultimate date night look is after.

What is Glam Make-Up?

glam makeup looks
credit: Tamara Bellis

A glam makeup look goes above and beyond your typical daily routine. It is the perfect time to experiment and play around with the latest makeup trends dominating social media and the glamorous and eye-catching new additions to your kit.

When creating the ultimate glam look, ‘subtle’ should not be part of your vocabulary. Instead, you should sport a shimmer cut crease or the classic cat eye, full-coverage base formulas, extravagant false lashes, and bold lipstick shades.

What Does It Include?

glam makeup products
credit: Annie Spratt

To achieve the ultimate full glam look, you need to work your way through several steps, applying various products that come together to create the flawless finish result you are after. Once you start, you need to commit fully. Take your time and enjoy the process.


Before you apply any makeup products, you need to properly prep your face to protect your skin and ensure your makeup lasts. A primer is a perfect place to start, as it creates a smooth surface and blurs any potential imperfections while extending the longevity of your base products.

It is crucial to create a barrier between your skin and the makeup you use to prevent your skin from drying out, having an allergic reaction or breaking out. It is a step that should not be skipped.


Once everything is prepped, it is time to build a solid base. Choosing the correct foundation and concealer to fit your skin tone and foundation needs guarantees a flawless complexion, buildable coverage, and a natural finish.

While your base should match your skin tone, your concealer should be at least one shade lighter to highlight facial features and add contrast. The perfect placement is under the eyes, which will look lifted and bright.

Glam makeup requires you to take the extra step and add contour to sculpt your face and define your features. It should be applied and blended to the hollows of your cheeks, the sides of your nose, temples, and jawline. Before moving on, don’t forget to add a blush to the apples of your cheeks and add glow with a highlighter shade lightly dabbed onto your cheekbones, the bridges, the tip of your nose, and along your cupid’s bow.


Your eyes are a dominant feature of the face and can make or break your overall look. Start with your eyebrows, which frame your eyes and are necessary to tie everything together. Bold, defined eyebrows can be achieved with gel or powder, depending on your personal preference.

Once you are satisfied with their shape, you can begin with your eyeshadow. To perfect this step, you need to apply it with expert precision. Apply a nude eyeshadow or shadow base to make other powders blend easier. From here, you can use a transition shade in your crease, build smokey shades along your lid or opt for a dramatic cut crease, shimmery shades, or the classic winged eyeliner look.

Don’t forget to line your waterline and take a darker shade you used on your lid to add a touch of blended color under your bottom lashes. Finally, no eye look is complete without a coat or three of your favorite mascara. The final product should include a sultry pair of fake lashes, but they can cause irritation to those with sensitive eyes and be challenging to apply for beginners. If you choose to skip them, use your mascara to achieve a similar effect.


When going glam, your lipstick shade plays an important role. For a velvety lip, matte lipstick with an ultra-pigmented formula infused with hyaluronic acid will prevent your lips from feeling dry. The variety of colors available on the market is endless, giving your plenty of options from which to choose.

For a shinier option, satin lipsticks will be a godsend. These creamy lippies come with a smudge-proof finish and are available in various colors suitable for all skin tones.


When everything is said and done, it is vital to set everything in place with a setting mist spray. Hold the bottle roughly six to eight inches away from your face and spray three to five times to saturate your face and set the makeup, giving you the peace of mind your look will last throughout the day.

Take a Celebrity Cue

rihanna fenty beauty makeup
credit: Image Press Agency/

Actress Jessica Alba chooses to focus on her glowing summer skin. Prepping her face with a shea butter antioxidant mask, Korean face-beating techniques, and specialized devices to promote and encourage blood circulation are all top priorities as she starts her glam routine.

Singer Rihanna and Model Winnie Harlow are not afraid to experiment with bright colors and attention-grabbing combinations to highlight their best features and add a playful component to their overall look, elevating their style to the next level.

Alternatively, you can take a leaf out of Kim Kardashian’s book. She doesn’t let a day at home prevent her from playing around with a full face of glam makeup, including shimmery eye shadows and the perfect contour, turning a boring Monday night dinner into a glamorous event.