Glitter – How To Remove It

We bloody love glitter! We love covering ourselves in it, pouring it and our hostess DeeDee and Dawn love rolling in it… And if you’ve read our previous glitter post, you can see why it’s a yes from us! But glitter is like the burly version of herpes… It can spread, and once you’ve got it, you can never be glitter free (yes, months later glitter has been spotted  in even the most hard to reach places – places that no man or woman dare to tread at that!) So we thought we’d put together some glitter removal tips… 

Glitter on the body

OurfriendsEclectic_TaffyBoJangles3_MissMothSo you’ve done a glitter pour – and managed to not get any in your hair or face – but you are covered in it… and no amount of wet wipes will ever remove it… Try these ideas:

  • Our Taffy BoJangles (these are her rather lovely legs to the left!) swears by a dry towel rub after a pour. Rub yourself down and get most of it off – but make sure it’s a dry towel as any moisture will cause the glitter to stick.
  • Dry brush – the kind you use on your body with a lot of soft bristles (yes, don’t use a hair brush, you will not thank yourself for the pain!) This will get most of it off
  • If you are lucky enough to have these facilities at a show and have come prepared, a shower and rub with a shower puff – you know the smpuffmesh-type things you apply shower gel with that make it all foamy? (like these, right). The roughish mesh will catch all the glitter particles.
  • Roller tape – the kind you use for clothes to remove hairs. This is best done after you’ve removed most of the glitter either by brushing down or rubbing, and will get rid of the last remaining bits.
  • Talc or dusting powder. Talc (and actually any of the powders from Lush) has cornflower in it which will magically remove the glitter. We don’t know how. We just know it works. But it will also create another problem if you are getting into another costume – of leaving talc stains…

Your pour has gone a bit astray; you’ve looked into it as you’ve poured. You have no idea why, it just happened. Yes, we’ve all done it at some point! Removing glitter from face and hair (especially a parting) is a bit more difficult, especially in the parting, but it can be done. We would suggest a vigorous brush down and then using a huge blusher or cosmetic powder brush, brushing over the face until most of it – if not all – has been removed. Do not use wet wipes, especially if you are going on for another act, as these will just encourage the glitter to stick even more. Hair-wise, if you weren’t using a wig (in the case of wigs, shake out as much as you can, pop into a bag and then lightly hoover when you get home) use soft bristled brush with your head tipped upside down. This should remove as much as possible.

Removing cosmetic glitter make up

Again, don’t be tempted to use wet wipes, especially in this case. Not only will they cause the glitter to stick, they will also rub the particles into your skin – and you must be careful, especially around your eyes. Some performers use tape to take off most of the glitter in areas that is safe to do so (ie, not on the eyelids!) and also talc will work here too. But Glitter is best removed by fully washing the face and starting again with fresh make up. We like sanctuary oil cleanser – you basically rub it into the face neat from the bottle, then add a bit of water to emulsify and it will magically pull all the glitter from your face, especially if you’ve used any kind of oil-based make-up to set it. it works on the principle that oil attracts oil. Also using a flanel or face cloth, soft sponge etc will help. And remember to moisturise the hell out of your face after you’ve removed your make up as glitter can be drying for the skin.

Removing Glitter From The Stage

Any stage manager will tell you that glitter is the bane of their lives. Glitter can cause other performers to slip up if the stage is any kind of smooth surface, and if it is carpeted, although less slippery, it is a nightmare to brush off. Short of hoovering, there’s not a lot you can do other than brush up as best you can. Also, if a performer is going to do a glitter pour and you’ve noticed there are stage wedges (sound monitors) or footlights it might be best to check with the venue if a glitter pour will be allowed and advise the performer before hand. Glitter can really f-k up stage monitors as it can go through the fabric covering and lie on the speaker. Speakers have a big magnet in them and if the glitter was a metallic kind, this can be worse. Check. And have a broom handy.


Glitter in your kit, car and on your cat!

Vagabonds_MissMoth_Davethebearjessica4No matter how hard you’ve tried to contain the glitter, you will be finding it everywhere for weeks. It will be in your kit bag, on your costume, in your car and on your cat.  Keeping the costume you wore for the pour in a separate bag in your case will help contain the mess to just that costume – and keeping your towel or anything you used at the venue to remove glitter with in a bag too will help. Hoovering as soon as possible, preferably as you unpack your costume is the only way to stop the spread (yes, we know, sounds like a government health warning!). So basically, as you get items out of your case, hoover. As you unpack bag with glitterised costume in, hoover., And hoover your costume and any wigs with an upholstery attachment (the one with the brush) to minimise damage and gently stroke off any glitter. You can also use a paintbrush with the hoover held a few inches away to gently dislodge glitter from fragile items.



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