Protecting Your Skin and Eyes When Using Glitter Makeup

You may have seen that Glitter Make Up is everywhere right now. It’s easy to see why – it’s fun, different, and makes you sparkle – what’s not to love? With this said it’s very important to make sure that you keep your skin and your eyes safe when applying glitter make up to your face and skin.

You may see a professional online or on YouTube applying sparkles to their face and think that you can duplicate the look easily at home using some standard glitter – but you would be very much mistaken.

The truth is that wearing glitter on your face is always a bit of risk. Nobody wants a scratched cornea, so it’s a good idea to clue yourself up on some safety facts about this magical substance!

RULE NO. 1 : Never, EVER use craft glitter on your face!

Cosmetic glitter Cosmetic Glitter is made of special plastic that is non-toxic, even if ingested in small quantities. It’s coloured with pigment rather than dye, so that the colour won’t leach out and stain.

A cosmetic glitter will have been made in different facilities with super-high standards of cleanliness and is designed specifically to reduce the risk of irritating skin and eyes. The EU considers the potential risks posed by cosmetic-grade glitter to be very small, but it’s essential you ensure you are using a cosmetic Face Glitter or Body Glitter.


The Glitter that you use should always be suspended in a gel, or in an adhesive or gloss, etc. Applying loose glitter directly to your person is a bad idea, as it won’t stick properly and you run the risk of inhaling it or transferring it elsewhere (i.e., into your eyes).

So picking good products are very important! Try well know and established brands, that you know will be trusted and monitored. Many companies are specialist and sell specific glitter mixes to professional makeup artists for example that are totally safe to use and really look incredible.

Also, remember that your eyes are sensitive, and so whatever make up you use around them will need to be use with care. It doesn’t matter how safe the product itself is, glitter can scratch your eyes if you are not careful. This shouldn’t be a reason for you to be put off though – as long as you use the products you buy as the instruct you to, you should be fine!

Have a look on YouTube etc. for tutorials. Not only will they give you some inspiration, but you’ll also be able to see how the professionals apply the glitter safely and carefully.