We're barely over winter, and already summer is in full swing. And one of the biggest trends this summer is body glitter. The ability to look fabulous without even trying with a few sparkles on your skin has been around for years, but it's never been more popular than it is now.
This time around, any old glitter won't do. It would help if you had something that grabs attention, something that genuinely dazzles in the light and shines like diamonds against your skin.
Pick the Right Look For Your Body Glitter
The appeal of glitter, especially on your body, is that it doesn't seem natural. And you have to ask yourself whether you want to go for something that appears graceful and subtle or something more hard-hitting and noticeable. You can also choose a style of glitter, subtle or bold, depending on what you're going for.
Consider Your Best Features
These are usually the parts of your body that'll look best when glittered, so even if you're wearing a dress or a swimsuit, you should pick out your cleavage, stomach, or thighs because these areas will tend to be the ones that give off more light and sparkle.
Mask, Don't Whiten
If you don't want glitter on your face, spray some bronzer before applying the glitter, or use a cotton bud to dab it into the skin. Otherwise, it'll just look like you're wearing white lipstick and eyeshadow, which is too heavy for a glittery look.
Don't Overdo It with the Glitter
Remember that not everything needs to glitter, even with no blemishes. Less is always more when it comes to this sparkly stuff because you'll need to apply a few layers for it to stick on your skin and make an impactfully.
Don't Forget to Arrange the Glitter
If you want to make your glitter last, it's important not to put it directly onto your skin. Many women will tend to pour glitter into their hands when spraying, which looks messy because the pieces get all over one another. Try applying a thin layer and gently patting it on top with a finger or a makeup brush to get more precise coverage.
Clean Up After Yourself
It is one of the biggest mistakes in body glitter, especially when it's not just sitting on top of your skin but also down in the creases. You may wipe or spray off some glitter, but for most pieces, you'll probably get glitter that's been rubbed in with your hands and all over everything from your clothes to your bags and other beauty products. So clean up before you leave and wash any makeup brushes or sponges that may have touched it.
Where to Apply Glitter
The outer lip is a lovely, subtle place to get a bit of sparkle. Just dab a little bit of glitter onto the top of your lip and blend it in with your finger. A little bit of glitter on your cheeks can be the most beautiful thing in the world. Roll some glitter into a ball and apply it to your cheekbones, lips, and other areas with a bit of light. Glitter on your fingers creates public acts of glitzy self-expression and are a popular way to draw attention when you're out in public, but some places are much easier for you to get glitter on than others.
The cleavage is a great place to add glitter to your breasts, but it's also a good spot for the face when you're wearing a bra or a bathing suit because this skin area will lightly glitter. Just stick a little glitter in the middle of your cleavage and pat it into place. You can also apply more glitter to your body next time you put on some makeup.
Body glitter is excellent when you're on a night out and want to ensure your glitter stays in place all night, but it's best to avoid applying it all over your face. Stick a little bit of glitter in between your eyebrow lines and right below your eyes because this part of the face tends to be the most flimsy. For eyes, the best place to put glitter in the inner corners or along your lower lashes. It's generally too much to put glitter on your entire eyelid, so if you need a lot of glitters, stick some along your lower lash line instead.
How to Apply the Glitter
Use a sponge and a little glitter and gently pat it onto your skin. The key is to start with a skinny layer, so it's barely visible, which will make adding more layers easier. If you're going for maximum effect, you'll want to apply glitter to a few different places and then repeat the process with a different color and one or two more layers. If you're wearing makeup already, you'll need to go in with a damp brush or something else. Try to use your finger or the moist sponge instead of something smooth because the glitter will stick better if there are little bits of texture on it.
You can add a little glitter to your nails, but it's generally better to do this before your manicure is completely dry so the layers can fuse. If you end up with glitter all over your face, spray some water or moisturizer before wiping it off with a damp tissue or cloth. If you're wearing glitter to a party or going somewhere that involves a lot of dancing, it's best to carry a little makeup remover with you. This way, if you end up with glitter in your hair or all over your clothes, you can clean it off before it dries there.
Body glitter is a fun way to accentuate your most beautiful features and get a little attention without being over the top. It's also fun to top your favorite outfit off and give it more personality. Just remember that glitter is best in moderation, so don't go crazy with it, and make sure that you put on a little bit of eyeliner or lipstick to balance out the glittery look.