Glitter has been a growing trend over the last few months, with this new craze taking over the festival scenes as the new must-have makeup look for 2018. Glitter is being used in inventive ways like never before, on both the face and in creative hairstyles. It’s a fun trend that makes your face shimmer and brightens up your style, what’s not to love? Well, although it is a popular trend, there are actually precautions you should take before applying glitter to your face to ensure it doesn’t damage your eyes or skin.
Cosmetic or Craft?
First things first, you should never consider applying craft glitter to your face. It’s often argued that craft glitter is essentially a cosmetic glitter dupe; being the same but cheaper. However, this is simply not the case. There are distinctive differences between the two that will change the way you view them.
For example, craft glitter, as it was originally intended, is used for arts and crafts. Therefore, in some cases it can contain tiny fractions of metal. Putting anything like that near your eye sends shivers down the spine. In the worst cases, if it gets into your eye it could scratch the cornea, which is the outer layer of your eyeball. The good thing is, craft companies are using metal less frequently as it doesn’t give the desired shine effect. Great news, right? Well, instead they use poly-bonded coloured materials that have poly-coated dyes. So essentially, not good for the face either. This can be extremely dangerous if applied near the eyes, as anything containing dye can potentially seriously damage your eye if it were to get inside.
On the other hand, Cosmetic glitter is made from special non-toxic plastic, a safer material for use on the face and skin than any metal bases product. Glitter makeup is also a highly regulated field, so you can be far more assured that what you’re putting on your skin is safer than anything you would buy in a craft store. If applying glitter on your face still doesn’t appeal, then the latest hair trend “glitter braids” is perfect for you. All of the fun of glitter, with a twist!
Better safe than sorry
Liquid based glitter products are ideal, giving way for very little movement making it less likely to get into your eye. You’ll often find them to be more concentrated too, so it will last longer as you don’t need to use as much. If your favourite glitter product isn’t liquid based however, then applying a primer before layering on the glitter can also ensure it stays put, and most importantly, save it from getting into your eyes.
Taking it off
Safely removing festival glitter is just as important as safely applying. Use an oil-based liquid solution such as micellar water and cotton wool or failing that a soft face wipe. All you need to do is gently wipe the glitter off – using sweeping motions away from the face. When all glitter is removed, make sure to finish your skincare routine and use your favourite organic moisturiser to take away any irritation the glitter applying process may have caused your skin!
There are plenty of makeup tutorials on YouTube and Instagram that show step-by-step guides to dazzling glitter makeup. Just remember, only use the products that you are comfortable with on your skin.