The Best Way to Use Glitter in a Halloween Costume

Creative glitter Halloween costume ideas
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Glitter has gained huge amounts of popularity recently, and you might be looking for a way to include it in your Halloween costume. Even if you aren’t planning a very big Halloween costume this year, you can still use glitter to add a bit of sparkle. It can make your Halloween costume stand out from everyone else at your Halloween party. If you want to try glitter with your costume, consider these options.

Loose Glitter

This is what most people think of when they think of glitter on a Halloween costume. Although it’s one of the most direct lines to Halloween glitter, it’s also messy and difficult to pull off. If you do decide that you want to use loose glitter on your Halloween costume, you might want to do a few practice runs in the days leading up to Halloween. And of course, you’ll want to set it with setting spray to ensure that it doesn’t turn the whole Halloween party into a disco ball.

Glitter-Infused Gel

A gel makes it easier for glitter to actually stay attached to your body. Plus, you’re more likely to be able to attach pieces of glitter that are bigger, making them more obvious alongside your costume. There are lots of highly-rated brands of gel glitter that you might want to look into, especially if you’re considering it for use outside of Halloween. The only downside is that it can sometimes be a little sticky or feel tight when it dries.

Glitter Lipstick and Lip Gloss

These are a beloved part of life for people who really love glitter. Lots of lip glosses have either small specks of glitter or a shimmer in them. Although most “glittery” lipsticks are actually just shimmery, you can create a glitter lipstick on your own if you have a body-safe glitter. This can provide the perfect option if you’re looking for a really nice glitter addition to your costume.

Shimmery Eyeliner

Eyeliner can’t usually have glitter infused into it because the glitter will prevent it from spreading evenly. You can create a glittery eyeliner, but it tends to take some pretty significant skills with both makeup application and eyeliner. However, a shimmery eyeliner can provide an extra glittery pop to your outfit if you’re not interested in trying to add glitter. Use a color that matches well with your Halloween costume to make it even more of a seamless transition.

Shimmery Eyeshadow

Obviously, a shimmery eyeshadow can look amazing if you apply it just like a regular eyeshadow. But many people use shimmery eyeshadow in more creative ways with a Halloween costume. One of the most common ways to use shimmery eyeshadow for Halloween is if you’re interested in dressing up like a mermaid. The shimmer of a blue and purple eyeshadow works great for a mermaid style that’s actually remarkably easy to do. Plus, you don’t need to go the whole nine yards — put on a couple of scales, add a cute glittery blue outfit and you’re good to go. You can expand that to just about any Halloween costume.


Working glitter into Halloween looks
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With so many ways to indulge your glitter craving, there’s definitely an opening for glitter in your Halloween costume. You might even be able to take an existing Halloween costume and make it a little more glam. Glittery vampire, glittery mermaid, glittery Little Red Riding Hood — you could even create a disco punk zombie if you tried hard enough.

If Halloween has always been your jam, you might have a natural talent for makeup that extends even past Halloween costumes. Why not develop that into a career? With an Ogle School cosmetology degree, you can take your love of makeup and apply it to other areas in your life. Who knows? Maybe those Halloween costumes will serve you well in an SFX career down the line.

About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.