Can I wear glitter without looking like a circus freak?
Simple answer: not really. But you can use shimmer instead of glitter to add some sparkle to your look.
Think of shimmer as glitter's more refined (literally) cousin. Choose a light gold or silver and apply to key spots on the face, such as under the brow bone (to highlight and instantly lift the appearance of the eye) and the inner corner of the eye (to brighten up dark circles - use a Q-tip or compact brush and make small, circular motions). Choose a shade for the lid below the crease, keeping to the inner third of the lid and blending well toward the outer two-thirds to achieve a graduated affect and avoid a demarcation line.
As for glitter, save it for Halloween, which isn't that far away.
Bahar Niramwalla is a celebrity make-up artist.