No longer is glitter only for New Year’s Eve and Halloween costumes. In 2010, it is once again possible to wear glitter if you’re 13 years of age or older. But where does the tie between New Year’s Eve and glitter come from? It was on December 31, 1979, when Studio 54 became covered in the sparkling accessory. Not to mention, Studio-goers and workers were finding tiny, shiny pieces in the strangest places for weeks to come, a talent which has caused glitter to become only a twice a year tradition. Those that chose to wear glitter in the 1970s/1980s would dust it on cheekbones and eyelids for a little extra sparkle resembling that of the ultra-famous disco ball.
What many are not aware of is that glitter was actually discovered by accident in 1934; there was no hidden agenda or inspiration behind it. Machinist Henry Ruschmann discovered that to mass produce the substance all that had to be done was to grind up large sheets of plastic and voila. In the fall of 2009, glitter was put primarily on the eyes, either on the lashline or covering the lid. Whichever location chosen, the amount of glitter was kept to a subtle amount. Pat McGrath, Global Design Director for P&G, stresses, “Although very simple and quick to apply, even a tiny amount of glitter can accelerate almost any makeup in an instant”. Therefore, to make glitter a perfect 2010 accessory, take cues from other upcoming popular fashions and focus it to one feature only, because the one thing that hasn’t changed is that too much glitter is not a good thing.
When purchasing glitter, be cautious and prepared. Make sure to have a Band-Aid or two around for stray pieces that end up where they shouldn’t as well as for the clean-up afterward. But be sure of all times to go to bed with make-up on, do not let this be one of them! One spec of glitter on the nose in the morning is one thing, but streaks or spots of glitter on the pillowcase, in the hair or stuck on the lashline are not the problem or look anyone wishes to create.
Brands Incorporating Glitter for Spring
For eyes, look to M.A.C., Nars, Sephora, Hard Candy, and Urban Decay. For nails, check out the Lippman collection and O.P.I. (the creations for Alice and Wonderland specifically). Otherwise for a dusting on shoulders and other body parts below the neck check out Guerlain or other dusting powders at the nearest makeup counter. Locations for the listed brands are typically that of Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Macy’s, all of which are typically in local malls as well as online.
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