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4 Fabulous Ways to Wear the Pearl-Encrusted Makeup Trend

The backstage pros have dropped the ‘P’ bomb (read: pearl) this season, helping you win the standout beauty game with ease (and, well, a lot of drama).  

1. Hit the high points

This look might seem like a lot of work, but translating it IRL is super-easy. Stick-on pearls are available on, and are a great way to add drama to a simple look. Prep skin with primer and swipe on a matte formula like the Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte+Poreless Liquid Foundation—it’ll help the pearls stick better and longer. Keep the lids and lips bare, or add just a hint of nude/gold sparkling shadow in the inner corners of the eyes. Then, take the stick-on pearls and line ’em up on the high points of your face—cheekbones, the Cupid’s bow, or the bridge of the nose. You can go with same size pearls or play with different sizes to create a gradating effect.

2. Hit the high points

3. Haute hands

Not a fan of lining up pearls on your face but still want in on the trend? This is your solution. The good thing about adorning your fingers with pearls is that it allows you to play with colour on your face. Berry, ombré lips will add the right amount of colour, without taking away from your pearl-studded hands. Since the face is matte, opt for a powdery, matte formula for the lips as well (try Nykaa Wonderpuff! Lip & Cheek Cushion Lipstick Tint: it’s fuss-free and long-lasting). As for decking up the fingers, the world’s your oyster—stack ’em up with pearls, or minimalists can stick on just one right under the nails to make a statement.

4. Pearly kiss

This look is definitely OTT and needs to be paired carefully with a muted face. Follow the same make-up prep as before, and brush out the brows, filling in the gaps. You can even opt for bold arches as the rest of the face will remain clean and matte. Apply a nourishing, non-sticky lip balm like Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lip Protectant Stick Sunscreen SPF15, and fill lips with stick-on pearls. For a less out-there pearly finish, turn to your manicure and stick a single pearl right under nails.