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By Sarah Chacon

The Ultimate Guide to Glitter Removal

Glitter can make you shine like a star, but removing it can be a bit of a challenge. Whether you're dealing with loose glitter or glitter gel, we've got you covered with the ultimate guide to effortless glitter removal. 

Before we dive into the glitter removal techniques, let's gather our tools:

  • Micellar Water: This gentle makeup remover is a glitter's worst nightmare.
  • Cotton Pads: Perfect for applying micellar water and wiping away glitter.
  • Spoolie: Great for brushing away stubborn glitter particles.
  • Gentle Tape: An effective way to lift glitter from your skin.
  • Lint Roller: Useful for picking up glitter remnants.
  • Water: Essential for removing biodegradable glitter safely.

Now that you have your tools ready, let's tackle glitter removal.

For Non-Biodegradable Glitter:

  1. Micellar Magic: Saturate a cotton pad with micellar water. Gently press it onto the glittered area and let it sit for a few seconds to break down the glitter.

  2. Swipe and Lift: With gentle sweeping motions, wipe away the glitter in a direction away from your face. Be careful not to rub too vigorously to prevent skin irritation.

  3. Finishing Touches: If there are stubborn specks left, use a spoolie, gentle tape, or a lint roller to remove them. Dispose of the used cotton pads and tape responsibly, ensuring they don't end up in waterways.

  4. Repeat: If you've used up your cotton pad, simply repeat these steps with another to remove the remaining product. Try not to continue swiping if your cotton pad is already covered in glitter, as this could smear the glitter around. 

For Biodegradable Glitter:

  1. Biodegradable Bliss: If you're using biodegradable glitter gel, removal is a breeze. Simply wet your hands and gently rinse the glittered area with water. Avoid using a cloth. If you're using loose glitter, you might need the micellar water method to remove your primer/glue.

  2. Cleanse if Necessary: If there are any lingering specks, you can use a spoolie, tape, or a lint roller to whisk them away. Alternatively, you can cleanse with your normal cleanser and water. Biodegradable glitter can be washed down the drain without harm to the environment.

A Glitter No-No: Makeup Wipes

Avoid the use makeup wipes for glitter removal. Not only do they create more waste, but they also tend to spread the glitter around, making the cleanup even more challenging.


With these glitter removal techniques at your disposal, you can confidently experiment with glitter makeup looks and rest assured that cleanup won't be a hassle. Whether it's loose glitter or glitter gel, you'll know exactly how to make that glitter vanish without a trace. So, go ahead and shine on, glitter enthusiast!


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