How to Get Body Glitter to Stick To Your Skin

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Body and facial glitter is a great way to take your look from average to amazing while making you feel that much more magical. But in order to make the look work, you’ll need to learn how to get body glitter to stick to your skin.

  • Applying your glitter tastefully to create an impact is vital as overdoing it may make you look like a disco ball, while an underdone application could go unnoticed. 
  • For glitter to stick properly, you’re going to need to create a sticky surface on your skin before applying your glitter to act as an adhesive. 
  • Glitter is an excellent way to take your look or outfit to the next level, but can be tricky to apply effectively. 

In this article, we will explain how to effectively apply glitter to your face and body so that you can achieve your desired look and maintain it for longer. 


How to Get Body Glitter to Stick To Your Skin: Applying Glitter to Your Face

As you’re probably already aware, the skin on your face is significantly more sensitive than the skin on your body. You’ll want to take extra time and care during the application. 

1. Lips

Glitter Lip Gloss

If you’re planning to make your lip color pop, then all you will require is a lip scrub and your favorite glittery lip gloss. Start by using the lip scrub to clear away any loose or dead skin on and around your lips. You want a smooth canvas to apply your lip gloss.

Apply your glittery lip gloss as usual. 

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2. Eyes

The eyes are a very sensitive organ in your body, so you want to take your time when applying glitter around the area. As an additional safety measure, you should opt to only use products that are specifically made for use in areas around the eye. 

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Eyelash glue is an excellent adhesive product for applying glitter near your eyes since they are specifically designed to reduce irritation while providing great holding power. 

Eyelash glue is applied in the same way as eyeliner and is perfect for heavier pieces of glitter such as sequins and gems. 

3. Cheeks

Your cheeks are a little easier to work with since they’re often less sensitive than the eye and lip. To apply glitter or other sequins to the area, you can use any cosmetic glitter glue. Check the label for any ingredients you may be allergic to beforehand. 

Applying Glitter to Your Body 

Glitter will not stick to your body magically. You will need to use some sort of adhesive to ensure that it stays in place. 

Glitter will not stick to your body magically. You will need to use some sort of adhesive to ensure that it stays in place. 

  • Start by cleaning and drying your skin
  • Do not apply lotions or oils as these may create a barrier between the adhesive product and your skin
  • Use a synthetic makeup brush to ensure you get an even layer of adhesive on the surface you intend to apply the glitter to
  • Thick and uneven application of the adhesive will cause the glitter to clump or move

Choosing the correct adhesive can be a little tricky. You want something that agrees with your skin while also being able to withstand sweat and time. 

Choosing the correct adhesive can be a little tricky. You want something that agrees with your skin.

Here are a few options that you should consider: 

1. Glitter glue

Glitter Glue

Perhaps the best option, glitter glue, is specifically designed for this purpose. These products can either be purchased in a plain form to which you can attach your glitter or in a pre-mixed version that already includes glitter. Applying glitter glue to your skin is extremely easy, but it is recommended to use a brush rather than your hands. 

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2. Petroleum jelly

If you need to apply your glitter on short notice and are unable to get your hands on a bottle of glitter glue, then a common household product will do the trick. Petroleum jellies like Vaseline, when applied evenly to the skin, can create the desired adhesive effect to allow your glitter to stick.

However, it’s worth bearing in mind that it does not dry as quickly as glitter glue. 

3. Hair gel

The final product that can be used to apply your glitter is a strong-holding hair gel. These products were created to hold something in place and are faster drying than petroleum jelly.

You need to work a little faster, though, since you want to apply your glitter while the gel is still wet.


Glitter is an excellent way to take your look or outfit to the next level; however, it can be a tricky piece of cosmetic to apply effectively.

The main aspects you want to focus on when applying glitter to your skin are that your skin prepped, and you have the right adhesive. Ensure that you have a safe, adhesive designed for use on the body to ensure your glitter doesn’t all come tumbling down onto the floor, or into your drink. 

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).