Festival season is all about glitter this year. And we’re talking head-to-toe glitter, with sparkling trends transcending face and eye make-up to add shimmer to chests, boobs, arms and even butts.
The trouble is, attempting to remove it all afterwards without finding bits of it stuck to your skin – and all over your clothes – for days to come.
Luckily, Clare Cherry, the co-founder of one of our favourite new glitter brands Wish Upon A Sparkle, has some expert tips for us.
Application Is Key
Clare: “Applying glitter correctly will make the removal much easier. Be sure to use an oil-based product and avoid using fingertips to spread the glitter. Instead, opt for a clean make-up brush as this will help to avoid glitter spills on the face and make the glitter application more precise. Wish Upon A Sparkle recommends using an olive oil or aloe vera based product as the base to apply the glitter to chosen areas.”
Don’t Forget Masking Tape
“Hot water will always be the best way to remove glitter from skin, but at festivals there isn’t always access to this, so remember to pack glitter removing essentials, like bottled water, masking tape and face wipes. Splash the water onto the face, making sure the glittered area is wet, then gently dab the masking tape on top of the stubborn areas and the glitter will soon start to disappear. Continue this process until all the glitter has been removed, and remember to use a nourishing moisturiser to avoid skin dehydration after all the glitter has been have removed.”
Stock Up On Coconut Oil
“Coconut oil, is there anything it can’t do? Glittery roots are a key festival trend, but removing all the glitter can be awkward. The best way to remove glitter from hair is to massage the oil into the roots and leave it for five-to-ten minutes before washing out. This will help eliminate all the glitter, and also works as a hair mask leaving locks feeling luscious and healthy, the perfect remedy for post festival hair.”
Don’t Rely On Face Wipes
“Wipes are great at removing the remaining glitter on skin, but as an initial remover they won’t make much difference and can make a glitter situation worse, as wipes will spread the glitter around the face. Wish Upon A Sparkle recommends trying tape first, then moving on to wipes to remove any remaining glitter.”
“Stubborn glitter on clothes can be tricky, but don’t just throw clothes in the wash. The best way to remove glitter on garments is to use hairspray. Spray the hairspray onto the glittered area and allow it to dry, before putting the clothing in the wash. Make sure to put glittered clothes in a single wash, without other garments, so the glitter does not cross contaminate and leave other items with hints of glitter.”
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