If you’ve ever been around glitter, whether it was via a craft project, holiday décor, or makeup application, you know one undeniable truth: it’s nearly impossible to remove. Once you break out tiny specks of glitter, you’re bound to be dealing with them for months to come. But, it’s just so pretty, we can’t resist! Especially when it comes to creating eye-catching makeup looks. Since avoiding glitter altogether just isn’t an option, we’ve rounded up tips for removing it with minimal mess. While your regular old makeup remover may not do the trick, it is possible to take off glitter eye makeup without practically dedicating your life to it. It doesn’t matter if you’re planning to add sparkle to your eye shadow or eyeliner, you can trust that you’ll want to be prepared for the makeup removal process. Stay tuned for how to remove glitter eye makeup.
GLITTER REMOVAL TIP #1: FIGHT FALLOUT WITH TAPE
Sometimes you don’t need to remove every last speck of glitter; you only need to get rid of a few straggling sparkles that fell under your eyes. If that’s the case for you, don’t break out facial cleansers and makeup removers to get the job done. All you need to have on hand is a roll of tape. Press the sticky side of a piece of tape against your skin anywhere you want to pick up flecks of glitter. When you lift up the tape, the glitter should be stuck to it. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
Editor’s tip: Do your face makeup after you’ve finished the glitter clean-up process! That way, all of your concealer and foundation won’t be adhered to the tape, too.
GLITTER REMOVAL TIP #2: BE GENTLE
While you might not expect it, in some instances glitter can be pretty sharp. Harshly rubbing your skin to remove your makeup is never a great idea, as it can lead to irritation, but it’s even riskier when you’re dealing with glitter. Too much rubbing and the glitter might scrape or cut your skin. No thanks! That’s why it’s a must to be extra gentle when removing glitter eye makeup. It may be tempting to be rough for time’s sake, but it’s well worth playing it safe with the skin around your eyes.
GLITTER REMOVAL TIP #3: PICK WATERPROOF FORMULAS
When facial cleansers and makeup removers tout that they remove all makeup, even waterproof formulas, that means they’re meant to break down even the toughest kind of makeup. If you find one that’s capable of easily taking off waterproof mascaras and eyeliners, it’s a good sign for how it will handle removing glitter. For a facial cleanser and makeup remover you can be sure will take it easy on your skin, while still doing the heavy lifting, try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types. Powered by tiny micelle molecules in water, the cleanser lifts away impurities and makeup with no harsh rubbing. Saturate a cotton pad with the liquid, then hold it over your closed eyes for a few seconds to loosen the glitter before gently wiping to remove.
GLITTER REMOVAL TIP #4: CLEANSE WITH AN OIL
Chances are when you’re dealing with glitter, one cleansing method won’t be enough. After using a waterproof option, reach for a cleansing oil. Stop stressing about removing the remaining glitter and use the oil to give yourself a facial massage. Not only will it be oh-so-relaxing, but the oil will help get rid of what’s left behind of your eye makeup. Once your massage is complete, rinse off, letting the oil take any lingering glitter with it.
HOW TO REMOVE GLITTER FACE MAKEUP
Removing glitter face makeup requires a similar process to removing glitter eye makeup. You want to make sure you use a waterproof makeup remover formula and avoid any harsh rubbing that could cause excess glitter to create scratches or marks on your skin. You can use a waterproof micellar water to remove glitter face makeup or you can try a cleansing balm. While some heavy-duty cleansers can leave your skin feeling worse for wear, this nourishing type of cleanser will help remove impurities and glitter from your skin while also hydrating your complexion.
HOW TO REMOVE GLITTER LIP MAKEUP
When removing glitter lip makeup, micellar water is definitely the way to go as many makeup removal products aren’t actually recommended for use on your mouth. Reach for a micellar water with a waterproof formula, as we mentioned above, to ensure there’s not a trace of glitter left in sight. Once your glitter lip makeup is removed, your lips may feel a little rough. To smooth things out, reach for a lip scrub. Take your pick from the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Grapeseed Scrub, and L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Resurface & Energize Kona Coffee Scrub. To use, smooth a small amount with dry fingers onto clean, dry lips, massage over your lips with wet fingers, and rinse with warm water. Finish off with a hydrating lip balm and you’re good to go!
Need glitter eye makeup ideas so that you’ll have something to remove in the first place? We can help with that. Check out our articles, 7 Best Glitter Eye Makeup Ideas, Festival Makeup Spotlight: How to Do Glitter Brows, and How to Pull Off Silver Glitter Eye Makeup.
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