PSA: This Is the App That Gives You Pat McGrath–Worthy Instagrams
There's no doubt you've noticed a new glinty, shimmery effect on Instagram recently. Over and over, I'd scroll through my feed and witness blinding sparkles amid the usual well-lit photos and funny gifs. I did a little research and realised they were created in KiraKira+—an app that applies a sparkle treatment to each and every video (depending on where light gleams most readily, of course).
For someone admittedly obsessed with her feed, I couldn't have been more excited. I downloaded the app and began creating sparkles on anything and everything. Then it struck me. Beauty products—especially the metallic, glittery, celestial-themed ones launching everywhere—are the perfect canvas for all that app-created sparkle. Just call me Pat McGrath because I'm about to blow your mind. Below, the best offerings to film using KiraKira.
Stila Cosmetics Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow ($35)
Stila's Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow is a KiraKira-devotee's dream with flecks of sparkle included in the holographic formula. It's super easy to use too—the doe-foot applicator makes application a breeze, and the substantial colour range means there's certainly something for everyone.
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife ($50)
Here at Byrdie HQ, we can't get enough of this 3D, hyper-metallic gold highlighter. "It was one of those moments I had to 'gram because I felt like a chosen one lucky to have this coveted highlighter in my hands," our assistant editor Maya says of the first time she applied it. "Besides the hype, this stuff is actually insanely good. The way the light catches the ultra-metallic gold on my skin tone is unreal."
Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette ($95)
Another shimmery option is Huda Beauty's Desert Dusk shades, a palette made up of chromes, pearls, and pure glitter. Our managing editor Lindsey sings its praises: "It's an insanely pigmented collection of oranges, coppers, tans—even purples and cosmic shimmery wildcards that I love whipping out for special events or just regular workdays when I'm feeling extra fancy. I love dipping into three or four different shades and blending them for a high-definition colorful smoky eye."