We have made changes to our website product listings to make identifying eco/bio and poly glitter easier if customers have a preference. We haven’t found any specific and detailed research to show or prove glitter causes environmental damage. You will notice most magazine articles and anti-glitter campaigners base their view on micro bead research despite it being a different structure and content, usually recommending brands who abruptly became “bio” and some even pressure big events to police customers to the biodegrable market. Other researchers suggest that traditional glitter is too insignificant to even have an impact.
So the debate goes on, we cannot find proven facts for either side, but there is a heavy mainstream spin which will always sway public opinion. However, we absolutely agree that any substitute which is COMPLETELY biodegradable and eco friendly can only be better and we will completely favour those good quality alternatives as they become available.
Last year we worked with our manufacturers and tested a new development – eco glitter. Eco glitter is economically friendly because it contains no plastic whatsoever and is made purely from mineral. Eco glitter is simply returned back to the environment it came from without the need to break down, so no harm or risk at all. When we tested it we were over the moon, super sparkly (even better than traditional) and when applied onto a crème base or directly onto the skin it created beautiful sparkle, we couldn’t resist and it’s now a customer favourite. The particles are super fine and metallic which make it even more diverse to create metal leaf effects with water based products and liquid metal with oil based products.
This year the same manufacturer returned to us with an amazing development, an iridescent eco glitter! Again it is all mineral based, so it will return to the environment with no issues. We are the first to have this incredibly beautiful alternative and it’s been an instant success since we launched it just last week. We are confident other manufacturers will now begin developing more versions. This is the first time iridescent eco glitter has been achieved and we hope the technique can help manufacturers diversify the eco range further.
Now let’s talk about the biodegrable, this glitter is different to eco glitter as it needs to break down before it can disperse into the environment. We have been in touch with the brand Bio-Glitter for a few years, they are the brand who took seven years to develop a plant based biodegrable glitter, long before other manufacturers even considered it. The first phase of bio-glitter which is readily available now in a small range of shades and plenty of different flake sizes. It comes quite close to looking like a traditional glitter but is less sparkly and metallic. They have created a great product which most glitter brands have embraced and invested in. The only reason we didn’t instantly follow suit is because the full colour range hadn’t been manufactured at the time of approaching them.
Bio-glitter is 92% plastic free, however later in 2018 Bio-glitter release its next generation of glitter… Bio-glitter Pure! The pure version will have no plastic content at all being 100% biodegradable. We are excited to see the range for its sparkle properties and colour range to decide if we convert our metallic range. We are even told that there may be ways for the next generation film to be developed further to create iridescent and holographic finishes so we can adopt those in the future. We cannot wait!
As many customers will appreciate, we have approached being environmentally friendly differently. We feel it would be irresponsible to instantly encourage mass disposal of glitter, surely that exercise would cause environmental issues?
We have reduced the amount of traditional glitter we order and stock, ready to gradually and responsibly replace as alternatives are developed. We can educate ourselves on how to use glitter more responsibly too until fully biodegrable and eco glitters can replace it. We will continue to promote responsible disposal to reduce the amount of glitter which makes its way into our water systems. We recommend removing glitter carefully with sticky tape, placing the folded tape into waste disposal. Then remove excess carefully with a cotton pad and oil or moisturiser so the remaining glitter stays on the cotton pad for disposal.
The great news is, we are absolutely working with DragWorld, and we feel blessed and lucky that they reached out to us recently to discuss our attendance. So hold back on those rotten tomatoes!
If you’ve followed our journey you will have noticed our stiletto on the gas pedal and speeding into 2018. Initially only looking at adding a few products and gently sashaying through the year, we were bombarded with manufacturer contacts in January asking if we would like to work with them. These manufacturers weren’t just anyone… they are huge in the cosmetics industry and we simply had to snatch their hands to secure some fabulous products for our customers.
In the first part of this year we added a gorgeous collection of pencils which shockingly sold out within their first weekend! We then worked with the industries finest cosmetic brush manufacturer, creating an entire 30 piece collection which received huge thumbs up from artists! The brush manufacturer kindly elbowed us to the front of the queue with the biggest beauty blender production company too. Finally we were absolutely shook to find the manufacturer of the ‘drag essential’ 301 lash where they granted us permission to add her and her sisters to our brand and when they invited us to create some new designs - you know we couldn’t resist!
Just as we started to gently cruise through the remainder of this year… our customers swerved us into the parked project - Wigs! We called our friends at Josephs Hair Team, well known in the Midlands for their hair styling, colouring and wig customization. Before we knew it, we were back in the design studio collaborating with Josephs Hair Team and a new manufacturer for a solid two months of researching and creating!
So… back to the question. We know exhibiting at DragWorld would be a fantastic opportunity to meet you, show our full range and give you a chance to grope the brand. But as we explained to the DragWorld team, when we do something, we do it to the very best of our ability, standing by our mission of celebrating exceptional and ethical artistry. We always aim to give our customers value, enjoyment and love. If we did accept DragWorlds invite to exhibit in 2018 we would be dropped into panic to re-stock and scurry around to produce a display which would probably be as fancy as a fold out wallpaper pasting table.
We think our customers and DragWorld visitors deserve better! We will try our best to attend this year as visitors to check out the event (it’s also a great opportunity for us to drink and party with you all). Then we can make a clear decision whether to add DragWorld 2019 to our ‘to do’ list. This will give us more time to plan, create and give you an experience rather than just being present to grab coins. So unfortunately Give Face Cosmetics will not be exhibiting (professionally) at DragWorld this year. We hope we have clarified why you won’t find us in a corner selling from the boot of our car. However, if we do grab a day to get over and you spot us, give us a shout and let’s Kiki!
Don’t forget to follow DragWorld on social media for gag worthy announcements, including a special online discount code from yours truly. Be sure to visit their website too where you can secure tickets for this spectacular event. www.dragworld.co.uk
We have almost 200 different varieties of glitter at Give Face Cosmetics and our range is ever growing as I find more amazing colours and finishes! We are often asked which glitters are best, safest, the difference between cuts and effects, and how to apply and remove them.
Biodegradable Mica Glitter - Mica glitter flakes are high sparkle, can be applied direct onto a crème base for a traditional glitter effect or mixed with an oil base to turn it into a "liquid metal"! It is so super fine it can be mixed in with highlighters and other powdered products for extra metallic shine. If applied with a water based gel or glue, the finish will be a metallic leaf effect, however it may crack and flake so oil and crème based products work best with this type of glitter.
Microfine Glitter - cut at 0.04 microfine is our finest traditional glitter, extremely rich in colour coverage and luster with less sparkle distraction. It can be used for all cosmetic purposes and excels when creating glittered lips due to its fineness. Microfine is so fine is can be mixed into other formulas for glittery effects (ie liquid glitter lipsticks, glitter soaps and glitter gels).
Ultrafine - cut at 0.08 ultrafine it is the most common glitter, readily available across many brands. Ultrafine is often used by artists as it is very sparkly and a good size to work on all cosmetic uses. Ultrafine is often used for glittering lips for stage and studio work, however it may feel less functional for normal (all day or night) lip wear.
Theatrical - cut at 0.40 "chunky" glitter has more surface to capture light so rewards with lots of sparkle! Because flakes are bigger, colour mixes work better as they are individually more recognisable. Iridescent and Holographic theatrical glitters appear multi-coloured as the flakes naturally reflect and absorb light at different angles. We call it theatrical glitter because of its use for special effect work, glitter beards and larger glitter designs, it works great on the stage and in the studio where bright lighting makes the sparkle easier to see in imagery and from distance. Depending on the use, you may need to use a cosmetic glue rather than a gel to secure flakes.
Colours and effects vary on the quality of the film used in production and sets all glitters apart across the market. Glitters are commonly one metallic colour for single colour sparkle, however there are also matt, neon, pearl, white and clear which rely on the smoothness of surface and cut to create a glossy shine. Holographic glitter is created by exposing the film to different lasers to create extra surface depths for spectral light reflection. Iridescent is multi-layered tinted film which absorbs light creating a beautiful colour depth, a different colour shift and/or light reflection can be seen when the flakes move.
Glitter use depends on the grade of film used, cosmetic grade is very thin and should feel smooth, silky and escape easily when gently rubbed between your fingertips, if your glitter feels grainy - you are most probably not using cosmetic grade. Cosmetic grade is very lightweight and different dyes and coatings are used to finish the product. One of the main issues with glitter supply is finding manufacturers who understand the use of the suppliers' customers. Unfortunately some suppliers will approach general manufacturers and unknowingly buy standard glitter (craft glitter). You can often spot this glitter is priced extremely low - good quality cosmetic film is not cheap! Craft grade is sometimes thicker and often not fully finished with cosmetic coatings, sometimes making the glitter sharper and scratchy when applying or removing, you may also notice it doesn't apply well or stay put with cosmetic gels. Craft films cut into Microfine and Ultrafine will appear to lack lustre, shine, sparkle and sometimes will appear dull and clumpy in the pot and on skin.
So now we have covered the glitter itself, the use is extremely important. No manufacturer or supplier can guarantee that glitter is completely cosmetic safe - especially "eye safe"! It simply doesn't exist, if applied badly or care not taken any glitter can scratch the eye surface. Everyone uses glitter at their own risk, if you are worried about damaging your eyes, apply it extremely careful, not too near the waterline and check regularly you are not getting particles in or too near your eyes. One way of applying glitter more safely is to mix it with a base product such as a glitter gel before applying to so it is no longer loose. The other way is to apply the gel or glue to skin, then carefully press glitter on top, but take your time and check for loose particles on lashes or near the waterline as you go. Applying glitter without securing with a gel or glue will just result in the glitter falling off. You should avoid using glitter shapes (ie stars, strands etc) around the eye area as they may have pointed edges and may be more difficult to see and remove, they should be applied singularly and secured with a cosmetic glue away from the waterline.
If you do get glitter in your eye (this happens to me frequently because I rush and apply too much at once), wash the eye with drops to encourage the glitter to come out or - if visible and safe to - my trick is to use a damp clean cotton bud to gently pick up the particle from the surface and this saves me having to reapply washed off makeup from rinsing. Avoid rubbing your eyes wearing glitter and if you do feel a particle on the eye surface or under your eyelid do not rub because this can scratch the surface, find the particle and gently capture or rinse to remove. If you are concerned about any damage caused you should seek medical advice. Mica Glitter is considered less risky, but it is super fine and fly away, so it will have much more drop out and spread when applied loose without a crème base.
To create a glitter lip, you will need a good base product to adhere to, a complimentary coloured lip product is best. Apply your chosen product, then press a glittered fingertip on to the lips to create your desired effect. You can either leave the glitter as it is or seal in with a clear lip gloss or top coat.
When it comes to removing glitter, our artists preferred way is to use sticky tape. Carefully place the tape over the glitter and gently press to adhere, then gently peel back so the tape pulls the glitter away and dispose of the tape responsibly to reduce the environmental issue of glitter going into water waste. Once you have removed most of the glitter with tape, use makeup remover on a cotton wool ball to gently and carefully remove any remaining glitter. Trying to wash glitter off with soap and water can sometimes just spread it further around the area and it will go into water waste which we do not encourage. Mica Glitter is biodegradable and can be removed like normal everyday makeup.
We have been extremely busy throughout December working with one of the world's most respected and popular cosmetic tool manufacturers to bring our customers a set of ethical and vegan cosmetic tools which give outstanding quality with affordability.
Our brush range is hand crafted using renewably resourced wood finished in crisp white with silver aluminum ferrule and blend of super soft Nylon and Taklon fibres. Each brush is bonded with vegan-sourced adhesive to ensure every brush is both ethical and kind.
We have produced twenty four different brushes, which have been uniformed with matching synthetic hair, ferrule and handle as well as complimenting beauty blender to help you create your own bespoke professional kit.
We have now approved all proofs to go into production and we hope to have them available for purchase towards the end of February to mid March, just in time for the Spring clean!
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You know what’s annoying with big brand and celebrity makeup? The colours they choose and put into expensive packaging to seduce us, to uniform us with the seasonal or “limited edition” colours and creating fashion fads and clones craving the same eye and lip combos. Do we have money to waste on a palette for a few colours to borrow someone else’s look? Do we want to look like we all just got ready together in the dressing room from one bag of makeup? Artists must be different to succeed and create their own looks; people like to discover something new to inspire them and not just continue to wear the same generic influencer pushed shades applied slightly differently.
There is always one person that stands out, the illusionist of makeup, the one that breaks the mould and inspires others, they are unique and invest in their art wisely. They don’t achieve results by copying everyone else or having masses of money; they use skill and knowledge, tricks of the trade and the right tools. That’s how Give Face Cosmetics was naturally formed; we were those artists who understood the financial struggle and the deep desire to achieve outstanding colour and special effects without blowing the budget.
We take pride in the diversity and affordability of our makeup, the huge range of every colour imaginable and the flexibility of buying colours individually to build your own unique kit. Our products can be mixed and blended to create something totally unique to you, stand out from the crowd and get people asking... what is that YOU have created?
There’s nothing more satisfying than having several people stopping you for a photo and the chance to ask about the eye popping pigments and glitters you are working.
Director: Johnny (aka drag queen Dirti Denise)
"I founded Give Face Cosmetics in 2016 working in my editorial photography business Outside the Box Photography, I researched and sourced incredible ingredients to create an amazing range of vegan and cruelty free products designed especially for artists who need amazing pigmentation and effects with no additives to reduce allergic reactions and irritation. I want to bring artists affordable, amazing quality."