Don’t Get Your Hands Caught in the Wrong Glitter Jar!
Cosmetic Glitter - The Dos, The Don’ts, and The Musts
Glitter is magical. Whether it's for glitzed outeyes, shimmery lips, a kiss of glow, or an all out sparkle frenzy, glitter has made its way into our hearts and into our makeup bags. But the truth is, putting glitter on your face can also pose a risk. So before you saddle up your unicorn,here’s a few tips on how to stay safe, and of course, sparkly.
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Why isn’t all glitter created equal? If you want to use glitter to glitz up your makeup routine, then keep in mind that there are kinds of glitter designed for your skin and face, and other glitters that are definitely not. These generally fall into cosmetic grade glitter (for that pretty face of yours), and craft glitter (for your next DIY project). The most obvious difference between the two is that cosmetic glitter is much finer than craft glitter, making it easier to apply to skin. But more importantly, the individual particles are rounded instead of a sharp hexagonal shape. Those sharp points could cut or irritate skin (Ouch!) while rounded edges are designed for comfortable and smooth application. Particles that are laser cut tend to be the smoothest and reflect color the best.
Why does cosmetic glitter cost more?
We totally get it - cosmetic glitter is more expensive. But that’s because companies are held to a higher standard to create glitter that is stamped as cosmetic grade, including GMP’s (good manufacturing procedures) that ensures the workers that are packaging the product follow sanitation guidelines. Hmmm…GMP’s seem like a pretty legit idea for something we’re putting on our face right? But the differences don’t end there. Cosmetic glitter is also composed of a special plastic that is non-toxic - meaning even if you swallowed a little (stranger things have happened) it wouldn’t actually hurt you. Glitters that aren’t designed for cosmetic use can contain metal, glass, or plastic that may be cheaper, but are not nice to skin. Also, cosmetic glitter gets its color from poly-coated pigment that is approved for cosmetic use, while other glitters are made with dyes that can leach out when in contact with moisture from eyes, or mixing with liquid, creams or gels. Yeah, we’d like to stick with the glitter that doesn’t dye our face, thank you very much.
But how do you choose what type of glitter to buy?
So you understand the importance of cosmetic grade glitter, but that still leaves so much to choose from. Choosing which glitter to buy can feel like finding your favorite scent at Bath and Body Works - too many good choices are not always a good thing! Let's break it down into a few good options.
Glitter Lip Gloss
If you just want a kiss of glimmer or are looking for a good place to start on your sparkle journey, glitter lip gloss is a great way to add a subtle touch of glitter without looking like a Christmas ornament. Glitter gloss is easy to apply and it doesn’t have to go on just your lips! You can dab it on your cheek bones or eyelids for a dewy, sun kissed look. Try brands like NYX, MAC and Wet n’ Wild for your gloss fix. If you don’t have glitter lip gloss, here is a quick tip to make your own. Apply your favorite lip gloss to your lips. With a lip brush, dip the bristles into the glitter and tap off any excess product. Apply glitter by lightly pressing the bristles onto the lips using a patting motion.
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If you’re as much of an eyeliner junkie as us, then you can imagine the possibilities. You can use glitter eyeliner for a lighter, metallic look, or layer on top of other liners for dimension. Since the glitter is already mixed into the formula, you don’t have to worry as much about glitter fall out. But, be sure to never apply glitter to your waterline, and be careful not to rub your eyes. Brands like Bobbi Brown, e.l.f., and Urban Decay, are keeping us glamorous with long lasting, glitter packed, liquid liners. But if you don’t have a premixed glitter eye liner on hand, you can easily use loose cosmetic glitter to create a fun double liner look. Check out Beauty Junkees Loose Cosmetic Glitter and Glue Sets. You can use their pro Precision Eye Liner Brush to apply a thin line of glue along your lash line or above your liner. Next, lightly dab the same brush in the glitter and begin pressing it onto the adhesive you just applied.
Glitter Eye Shadow
With glitter packed shadow, you get the best of both worlds with vibrant color and glitter, usually available in a cream, pressed eye shadow, or a loose pigmented glitter shadow. Cream is ideal for photos or for shorter periods of time, offering a high impact look that can tend to fade or crease quickly over time. For a long wearing look, try a pressed or loose powder with an eye primer underneath. This is a great way to give your eyes a pop, but remember a little can go a long way. Be sure to pair your look with some matte shadows to balance it out, and keep your bright shadows the focal point with light or neutral lips and a creamy, smooth complexion. Get eye popping shadow from lines like Too Faced, Nars, and Stila, to name a few.
Cream Glitter or Pressed Powder Cream Glitter
These are formulas that include a blend of cream, powder, and glitter made for easier application. Because the glitter is already mixed with a medium, it should allow you to skip a step, but some of these products can get a bit cakey or chunky if not properly applied. Cream glitter is ideal for cheekbones or body, while the pressed powder cream works best for the eyelids. If you want a full on glitter effect, we recommend taking the plunge and opting for loose glitter, but if you want to give cream glitter a go, try brands like Ulta, Wet n’ Wild, or NYX.
Loose Cosmetic Glitter
Loose glitter is messy, and more challenging to work with, but it offers the most value and versatility. You can find pigmented loose glitter in different shades or a subtle opalescent. A small synthetic brush allows ultimate control and easy cleaning. When you use loose glitter, be sure to also use a base primer or a mixing medium to help it stay put. This is especially important when using on the face to avoid glitter falling into your eyes which can be painful at best, harmful at worst, if it scratches your cornea. For firm hold, you can use an eye lash glue like Duo, or many makeup lines carry a glitter primer.
Many other items work that you may find in your bathroom cabinets, like body spray for an all over shimmer, Vaseline for a touch of glow, or face lotion to create your own luminizer. You can add glitter to a finishing hair spray for locks that shine, or you can even add it to lip gloss, cream shadow or cream liner to make your own glitter cosmetics. Brands like MAC, NYX, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, and now Beauty Junkees sell loose glitter like its going out of style, which it definitely isn’t!
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Glitter is here to stay - at least longer than Starbuck’s unicorn frappucino! If you don’t believe us, check out the New York Fashion Week glitter inspired makeup looks from designers like Anna Sui, Tom Ford, and Jeremy Scott - to name a few. So dip into your wallet and buy the right kind of cosmetic glitter for your face and body. Your skin will thank you.
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