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How To Remove Glitter From Your Skin & Hair Effectively

Glitter is super fabulous, but a total nightmare to remove from our skin and hair. Thankfully, the solution is easier than you think.
Updated: November 9, 2022
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Did you go a bit overboard with the glitter at your birthday or New Year’s party? It’s okay, you can tell us. It seemed like a good idea at the time, didn’t it?

Sadly, as gloriously fun as glitter is, when the party ends, it is everywhere and notoriously difficult to remove. Even after a month, it seems to pop up out of nowhere, appearing on your pillow in the morning or up certain private areas… you know it’s true!

Fear not, ladies, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how to deal with a glitter pandemic and properly remove it from your skin and hair.

How to best apply glitter

Firstly, we think it would be beneficial to help prepare the glitter nuts out there for their future usage. How you apply glitter to the skin will actually determine how hard or easy it will be to remove later on. We think it’s best to learn this now so we can save you a bit of time down the road.

We’d suggest avoiding using Vaseline to apply glitter. It is very thick and sticky and can make glitter harder to wash off. Instead, a light olive oil or aloe vera gel is the way to go, as they will be much softer, thinner, easier to remove, and also better for the skin.

Also, the bigger and thicker the glitter you use, the easier it will be to remove. Tiny little glitter particles are so much harder to clear away than larger manageable chunks, so just keep that in mind.

How to remove glitter from your skin

Okay, let’s get to the good stuff, shall we? Glitter is annoyingly stubborn, but with the right products and technique, it will bend the knee to your dominance.

From our research and on the advice of beauty experts, the most effective way of removing glitter from the skin is by using some form of natural oil. Coconut oil, for example, can do a fantastic job of catching glitter particles and getting them unstuck. We’d recommend dipping a couple of your fingers into the oil, before rubbing it in a circular motion on top of the affected area. Over the course of a few minutes, the glitter will stick to the oil and be easily detached. Repeat this process as many times as you need to in order to get every last piece.

An oil-based makeup remover will also do a really good job. Afterward, rinse the skin with warm water to clear away the residue and any stragglers.

How to remove glitter from your hair

Possibly the most frustrating aspect of glitter is just how talented it is at finding places to live in your hair. It’s prime glitter real estate up there, that’s for sure! Thankfully, we can deal with this too.

Again, oils are the winning formula. Get high-quality olive oil and massage a liberal amount into the hair and scalp. Get into every nook and cranny. Once the hair is sufficiently oiled up, hop in the shower and rinse with warm water for about 10 minutes. This should do the trick. Simple, but highly effective.


Look, we love glitter as much as the next girl, but sometimes the cost can far outweigh the benefit. Now, with these easy and effective techniques to remove it from hair and skin, glitter parties are fully back on the menu!

Go forth and sparkle!

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