Glitter is a huge trend this summer, and it’s a really fun way to play around with makeup and freshen up your look. From sparkly daytime looks to dramatic festival-worthy adornments, we’ve gone through and rounded up our team’s favorite glitter makeup for this summer. We’ve even included some of our go-to cleansers to help you gently get rid of the glitter when the party’s over. We know glitter can be divisive when it comes to its impact on the environment in the long run, so we’ve opted for items that can either be reused and then recycled, or so-called bioglitters that aren’t plastic-based in the first place.
We love this versatile glitter from Millie Bobby Brown’s line of cosmetics. This clean glitter is ideal for adding sparkle to your everyday makeup look. Put a little on your finger and gently apply it to your eyelids, or even use it to add some sparkle to your highlighter. The glitter is formulated to be safe for use on your body too, so you can add sparkle anywhere you feel like it before a festival or even if you’re just hanging out by the pool.
Not all glitter is created equal, and the same goes for bioglitter. Today’s product is the first glitter that’s 98% plastic-free. Their colors each come in several different shapes and sizes. The glitter comes in its purest form, so you can add it to any cosmetics you choose. Use it on your hair by mixing it into some hair gel, on your face by adding it to lip gloss, or on your nails by layering it with clear polish.
This cosmetic aloe vera gel is the perfect glitter glue. It gently bonds glitter to your face, body, and hair, so you can play around and create a look that you love. The product can be layered, so you can pack on as much glitter as you want!
This gorgeous blend of blues and golds is made of cellulose bioglitter. Cellulose is made from responsibly grown eucalyptus, and transformed into glitter that’s both biodegradable and softer to wear than traditional plastic glitters. The blend brings together different shapes and sizes of glitter to give the perfect multi-dimensional look.
Another bioglitter-based product, this Liquid Shimmer is made up of tiny particles of glitter suspended in coconut oil. Using the dropper lid, you can place a few drops of shimmer on your face and body, before blending to create a gorgeous shimmery effect. This one is perfect for those who don’t want to go full on with chunky glitter, but who want to get in on the trend all the same.
This Australian-based glitter brand uses glitter that will disintegrate within 90 days in a natural environment, so you can use your glitter without worrying about what will happen to the sparkle once you’re finished with it. This soft blue and pink color combination is perfect for a festival or party look. We particularly like the idea of it being added to your hair for a glittery summer style.
A gorgeous copper glitter that, again, is biodegradable. It’s the perfect shade to add to your everyday makeup routine, with a few carefully placed specks along your eye creases, or to highlight your cheekbones. Or layer it up for a more dramatic look, using it as a highlighter, or dotting it along your collar bones.
Unless you’re a seasoned professional the idea of taking a pot of face gems and creating a cohesive pattern can feel overwhelming. No one wants to go to a party or festival looking like a badly decorated vintage Christmas decoration. These ready-designed jewels are perfect for this scenario: just add glue. When you’re done, unstick them, and save them to use again another time (that’s when you’ll have to get creative, so be sure to take photos of how they were laid out when you got them!)
These re-usable face gems will need you to use your imagination to create a gorgeous ornate look. If you want a slightly less full-on look instead of a full forehead pre-designed piece, these individual gems are ideal. Place as many or as few as you would like anywhere on your body using your regular eyelash glue or glitter gel.
You can never be too extra, so it makes sense that your hair should be able to have some glitter fun too. Beyond simply adding glitter to your hair with hair gel, this hair tinsel lets you blend glitter into your strands using super fine extension-style strands of glitter. Add the tinsel to your hair by tying strands around your hair (there’s a great tutorial here). The strands should stay in place for up to six weeks, and they’re styling resistant.
Formulated as an eye makeup remover, this cleansing fluid is used by makeup artists around the world to remove waterproof and glittery makeup. To use it, apply it to a cotton round and place it on the area you are removing glitter from. Leave it in place for a few seconds, and gently wipe away. It’s important to use a different part of the cotton pad each time, if not you will end up spreading the glitter around.
This oil-based cleanser is a modern twist on the ‘just apply some oil’ method of removing glitter makeup. Gently cleanse your skin using Milky Oil and warm water, use your fingers and cotton pads to release the glitter. Once you’ve removed the bulk, rinse your face, and start again to get rid of any left over bits.
The OG heavy duty (but gentle) cleanser, this balm sits proudly by the sink of heavy makeup lovers around the world. To use it, scoop a good amount onto your fingers, and apply it to your face in circular motions. Rinse your face with warm water, and wipe it off with a soft cloth. Then, scoop a smaller amount on your fingers, run it under water and create a lather between your hands. Gently cleanse your face again to remove any residue, and rinse.