Glitter has been particularly prominent this year, making some very distinctive appearances, predominately in the Instagram world: in the form of sparkly beards, glistening roots, and even glimmering armpits. But what has made this messy craft material a 2015 beauty trend? Glitter was especially notable in 90’s fashion trends, donned on the likes of Britney, Christina, and Gwen, who lead the trend for glitter being worn all over the body and hair, in the form of body glitter, hair mascara, eyeshadow, and lipstick. Which were easily available at the time and owned by everyone who aspired to be like their favourite pop stars and 90’s icons.
We saw Chanel take on an innovative use of glitter in their 2012 ready-to-wear show in Paris, where models such as Cara Delevingne and Miranda Kerr made a statement with their glitter donned brows.
And although beyond outlandish catwalk looks and the likes of Lady Gaga, glitter eyebrows never really made it mainstream, there is hope for the look in 2016, as the use of glitter has exploded on social media in recent months.
We first saw the return of the glitter trend in November, when people began glamourising the roots of their hair with the sparkly substance which very much reflects the 90’s style as it is often featured on 90’s hairstyles, such as those involving middle partings….. It’s been used to cover dark roots and add a bit of festivity to your ‘do and has also been adorned by stars such as Miley Cyrus, which certainly says it’s an outlandish style, but doesn’t really say much as far as fashion goes.
And then we saw the rise of glitter beards shortly after, a small percentage of those with beards were seen adding a bit of the ol’ razzle dazzle to them, adding a new shimmering sub culture to individuality to the hipster trend. Even those without the ability to grow facial hair were seen sporting the glitter beard…. And now glitter pits have made their showcase. Due to the cold weather I doubt you’ll notice this trend in the street, or even outside Instagram, but it’s definitely catching on online. Could it be a matter of making problem areas more appealing? The ombré trend may made having visible roots fashionable, but for many, dying, bleaching or generally just covering up roots is done in haste before anyone can see them. So maybe glitter is a way to embrace the parts of women that are so often shamed by society.
The beard trend however, could possibly be a new tactic to draw attention to the facial hair. After word spread that some people find beards attractive, everyone with the ability to grow facial hair had a lumberjack beard and it no longer became something that expressed individuality.
It could possibly be an artistic statement, or maybe people just like sparkly things, if anything it definitely screams festive vibes so it’s popularity is very likely to soar on Christmas and New Year’s with it’s striking festivity. So if you’re looking to glam up your NYE outfit, consider experimenting with glitter.
But before you do start playing around with glitter, make sure you check out how to remove it.