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How Do I Apply Glitter?

Who doesn't love a bit of sparkle? But before you dive into a pool of glitter, remember that not all that glitters is gold—or eco-friendly. Biodegradable glitter is your best friend when you want to shine bright without making Mother Nature cry. This guide will help you slather on that glitter using thickened aloe gel, safe skin glue, and hair gel. We’ll also throw in some tips on how to keep your sparkle contained (because nobody likes finding glitter in their cereal) and how to clean up like a pro.

NOTE: If you are in a pinch, you can use any body lotion, face cream, sun screen or skin beauty product to create a bond with your skin and bioglitter.


How to Apply Biodegradable Glitter

1. Face: Thickened Aloe Gel or Safe Skin Glue

Using Thickened Aloe Gel (safe to use anywhere on the body and face):

  • Step 1: Clean and dry your face. 
  • Step 2: Apply a thin layer of thickened aloe gel to the desired area. Think of it as the glue that holds your sparkle dreams together.
  • Step 3: While the gel is still tacky, gently press the biodegradable glitter onto the gel using a clean silicone brush or your fingertips. (Pro tip: avoid sneezing.)
  • Step 4: Let the gel dry completely. 

You can also pre-mix the gel with your glitter on your hand or in a small container and then spread it onto your skin. 

Using Safe Skin Glue (you may want to use this around the eyes to prevent glitter shedding):

  • Step 1: Clean and dry your face.
  • Step 2: Apply a small amount of skin-safe glue to the area where you want the glitter. 
  • Step 3: Gently press the biodegradable glitter onto the glue using a silicone brush or your fingertips. 
  • Step 4: Allow the glue to dry completely, securing the glitter in place.

2. Hair Gel (great for using glitter on the body and hair, keep away from the face):

Applying with Hair Gel:

  • Step 1: Apply a generous amount of hair gel to the areas where you want to add glitter. 
  • Step 2: Sprinkle or press the biodegradable glitter onto the gelled areas with a small spoon. 
  • Step 3: Allow the hair gel to dry completely. Practice your hair flips.

You can also pre-mix the gel with your glitter on your hand or in a small container and then spread it onto your skin/hair.


Tips to Keep it from Being Messy

  • Preparation: Lay down a towel or an old sheet to catch any stray glitter. Glitter has a way of spreading faster than gossip.
  • Tools: Use silicone makeup brushes, small spoons and applicators to control the glitter.
  • Workspace: Work in a contained area to minimize the spread of glitter. Close all doors and windows unless you want a sparkly cat (actually, not a bad look for the cat... but they may not take it well).

Clean-Up Tips

  • Face and Body: Use a gentle makeup remover or water based cleanser to remove glitter. Rub gently in circular motions and rinse with water.
  • Hair: Brush out as much glitter as possible before washing your hair. Follow with a thorough shampoo.
  • Surfaces: Use a lint roller or a damp cloth to pick up loose glitter from surfaces. It’s like a glitter magnet.
  • Clothing: Shake out your clothes outside before washing them. Wash separately to avoid turning your entire wardrobe into a glitter explosion.

Applying biodegradable glitter can be a fun and eco-friendly way to add some sparkle to your life. By using thickened aloe gel, safe skin glue, or hair gel, you can ensure your glitter stays put while minimizing mess. With these tips and techniques, you’ll be ready to shine sustainably at your next event—without finding glitter in your dinner.

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