The Effect of Glitter Makeup on Skin

The effect of glitter in makeup does exactly what its name suggests – makes your skin literally light up and look rejuvenated and shiny. Most times, makeup is intended to portray the natural look at home and office or for informal occasions. But what about those times when an extra punch is needed to look glamorous and spice up an event or two? That extra special sparkle can be instantly achieved with make-up glitter, transforming a normal look into a red carpet style.

But first, what is glitter that is used in cosmetics? One type of glitter that does not have FDA approval is made from polyurethane terephthalate, the commonly known as PET plastic and aluminium. These sheets are first coloured to various tints and then ground down into fine particles.

The size of glitter depends largely on the intended end purpose. Those used directly in cosmetics are required to be minutely small while glitter that is used directly on the skin to accentuate the eye shape or highlight cheekbones is bigger in size. However, some of the pigments that are used to tint glitter sheets might not be FDA approve, which is one reason excessive glitter use is not good for the skin.

Another substance used in cosmetics that partly duplicates the glitter effect is mica. These particles are very small, less than one micron. But unlike normal glitter that is usually preferred by the younger lot, mica offers a rather matte finish, just ideal for makeup in mature women. However, mica, a very common ingredient of mineral makeup has its risks too. These nano sized particles if inhaled can cause respiratory problems. It is therefore advisable to apply mineral makeup with a long applicator brush and shake off excess powder away from the body.

The effect of glitter make-up on skin is to increase the glam quotient. Different cosmetics have glitter as an ingredient for specific effects. Including:

Cream glitter – This mix is simply face cream with glitter included. It has to be applied like normal face cream but care has to be taken while doing so. The cream has to be to be applied evenly as otherwise the glitter content in it might make it look chunky at places. Further, do not rub the cream deeply into the skin as the glitter in it might cause minor scratches and irritation.

Glitter eye shadow – This is available in different colours with the pigmented eye shadow being mixed with glitter specks. While it is true that it does highlight the eye and adds a shine especially when flash is popping all around, there is an element of risk too. If the glitter per se gets in the eye, there is bound to be redness and irritation.

Loose glitter – This is just a pack of coloured glitter specks and is spread out on specific parts of the face or the eyes over makeup or pigmented shadow. However, this could well be dangerous for you. Glitter particles that are not approved and not considered safe can be damaging for your skin and eyes. The common issue in this case is cuts and scratches on the surface of the skin and around the eyes.

However, if this occurs, do not lose heart. Seek an appointment with a beauty clinic or spa for a skin rejuvenation procedure. A microdermabrasion machine or an IPL laser machine will slowly work over your skin till the cuts and abrasions are reduced and eliminated.

Use glitter with care and you’ll not have to face such problems.