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How to Get Glitter off Skin and Hair


You know you have had a wild day when there's glitter everywhere. Maybe you were trying a new makeup look, or helping your child with a school project, or something else. Next thing you know, there is glitter on your face, your hair, even your clothes. And no matter how much fun you have had, it can be pretty frustrating and time-consuming to remove all of it. Right, so in this article, I'll help you figure out the best ways to remove glitter from your skin, hair, and clothes.

Table of Contents

  • How Can I Remove Glitter from My Skin?
  • How to Remove Glitter from Face and Body
  • How to Remove Glitter from Hands
  • How to Remove Glitter from Nails
  • How Can I Remove Glitter from My Hair?
  • How Can I Remove Glitter from My Clothes?
  • Does Glitter Have Side Effects?
  • Conclusion

How Can I Remove Glitter from My Skin?

Removing glitter from the face, body, hands, or even nails is not that complicated. Let's start with removing it from the face and body.

How to Remove Glitter from Face and Body

The best way to get glitter from your skin is by using some (or a lot) of oil. You can use coconut oil or another oil of your choice. Take a cotton pad, soak it in the coconut oil, and gently glide it over your skin. This will cause the sparkly things to dislodge from your skin and stick on the cotton pad. 

However, avoid rubbing as it will only shift the glitter from one place to another. Instead, massage the glittery parts of your skin in small circular motions. Do this for a few minutes to loosen all the stubborn glitter and then cleanse your face with a hydrating face wash. To make your task easier, I've mentioned one of my favorites below. 

WOW Aloe Vera Face Wash With Brush 

WOW Aloe Vera Face Wash is enriched with aloe vera, green tea, cucumber, and calendula extract. It is a gentle cleanser that deeply penetrates the skin to clean, tone, and hydrate. Plus, it does not cause any irritation or dry out your skin and removes the impurities and dead skin cells without stripping your skin of its natural oils.

It comes with a soft brush with silicone bristles which deeply cleanses your skin, helping prevent acne breakouts. Pump the face wash 2 to 3 times and massage it on your face using the silicone brush. Keep massaging for 1 minute in circular motions and wash with water. Pat dry and moisturize your face. 

How to Remove Glitter from Hands

Removing glitter from your hands or your kids' hands can also be done by using some play-doh. Just take a small quantity, roll it into a ball, and keep rolling it over your hands, so all the glitter sticks to the play-doh. Wash your hands with a foamy handwash to get rid of those pesky remnants and moisturize. 

How to Remove Glitter from Nails

I agree that glitter nail paint looks glam and chic, but removing it is a hassle. It seems, though, that there is a simple way to remove all that glitter without losing your mind (or having to use masking tape). Apply a layer of topcoat over the glitter nails; yes, you read that right. But instead of letting it dry, you are going to use nail polish remover with a cotton ball while the topcoat is still wet. After all the glitter is off your nails, take a clean cotton ball soaked with nail paint remover and cleanse to make them squeaky clean. 

How Can I Remove Glitter from My Hair?

Removing glitter off your hair can be a little tricky, but using the same coconut oil, olive oil or even baby oil, as you would do for your face, is a simple way to do it. Simply take some coconut oil (or the oil of your choice) on your palm and apply it over the glittery strands and scalp. Let it sit for 10 minutes and shampoo as usual. Make sure to use a shampoo that lathers a lot, as this will help in washing away the glitter. 

Alternatively, if you washed your hair just yesterday, you can spray some hairspray on a kitchen paper towel and blot it directly on the glitter. The hairspray will stick to the glitter, but is gentle on your strands. Most of the flecks will stick to the roll, but you may have to do it a few times if there is a lot of it on your strands.

How Can I Remove Glitter from My Clothes?

For clothing, too, you can use an aerosol hairspray to remove glitter. Spray it generously onto the affected parts and let it dry completely. Wash the clothes as you would normally, and they should be entirely free from glitter. Make sure that you clean the inside of the washing machine later or the removed glitter will stick to other clothes later on.

For stubborn glitter, you can use masking tape, scotch tape or a lint roller. Apply scotch tape or a piece of masking tape on the area and pull it fast so all glitter will stick to the adhesive part of the masking tape. For smaller remnants, use a lint roller and roll it up and down the surface till you have got it all.

Does Glitter Have Side Effects?

One study has suggested that the glitter glue commonly used in makeup can cause allergic contact dermatitis and trigger an immune response. 

Also, some studies indicate that glitter used in eye cosmetics may result in poor tear film stability and dry eye symptoms. However, the results have been inconclusive. 


There you go. Now you can play around with glitter without worrying about how to remove it. Just make sure that you have enough maskin tape and / or that you rinse it away entirely and moisturize your skin to prevent dryness. Having said that, I want to recommend you an absolute must-have body wash because your skin deserves the best of everything. 

WOW Green Apple Foaming Body Wash 

WOW Green Apple Foaming Body Wash is the perfect bathing partner. It has a fruity freshness and rich lather, which is great for removing impurities and glitter alike. Pamper your body with the goodness of this body wash. Put a dollop of it on a wet loofah or sponge. Simply lather all over your body for a few minutes and rinse off with water. Moisturize afterward. 

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Sangya Shaily

Sangya Shaily is a content writer from Mumbai, India. She loves writing lifestyle, beauty, fashion, and health & wellness-related content, among other things. In her leisure time, she loves to indulge in reading classic literature and spend time with her family.

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