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.
So we are really happy that the first two reviews have been amazing! When we set out on a new project we always aim to deliver the absolute best quality at incredible value and our brush range has been challenging to perfect but seeing these reviews and receiving so many positive messages back from customers who have invested in them is incredibly rewarding. So rewarding in fact that we will most certainly be keeping our eye out for more brush designs to keep the collection growing and already we are planning to add more in the Summer and we may even look at creating a few special release packages towards the end of the year for gifting!
Thank you again Ellis and Jo for taking the time out to include them in your work and thanks to all of you who dropped us messages to let us know how you are loving your new brushes! Keep watching this space for more reviews coming soon from other artists who are testing them out.
I first met Ellis in Liverpool; I was stopped in my tracks by her huge hair with matching outfit and the most detailed, beautifully blended colourful makeup. I was delighted when she broke the ice outside and we exchanged social media contacts to have more in-depth chats about our mutual love of makeup. We began working together shortly after and Ellis surprised me with how she interpreted our products, effortlessly transforming into different styles and creating really unique effects with our cosmetics.
Since then I have religiously followed Ellis’s instagram, noting how she carefully presents her profile of eye candy. Each look unique, but cohesive to document progression and creativity. This artist is completely in control, taking time to learn the logistics of social media platforms, a finger on the pulse of latest trends while experimenting to introduce entire new concepts, often dropping us a message to share new ways of using our products which she has discovered!
What I really love about Ellis is the way she is so open. I admire artists who take time to inspire, push and help others on their journeys. Ellis explains how drag was an experiment (like so many of us do) to see how it felt wearing makeup. Makeup, especially years ago was a very woman only industry and social views of anyone other than woman wearing makeup were often that it was a deep desire to be a woman. I feel sometimes that anyone who experiments with makeup or drag is often questioned about being confused about their gender. When I chatted with Ellis we found common ground that before experimenting with makeup we were so deeply conditioned by this, we had already started to face personal gender confusion. However like myself, Ellis discovered the drag community which embraced the art of makeup and we found our home where we could slip in and out of drag without questions that in reality never applied.
Ellis has actively tried to make drag normal, attending events, walking down the road and hopping onto public transport in drag. Like Ellis explained to us, we are all just normal people with a fascination of makeup, we simply just love being able to step in and out of a character without the complex dissection or justification. Typically when people think of a drag queen, they usually expect a comedian, dancer, singer or mime artist who wears makeup in a pub or club. But the art of drag has evolved where it is becoming house-hold, we are seeing a rise of drag social media and YouTube stars, drag queens are becoming business owners and at the click of a few buttons you can quickly develop the art. Drag is becoming accessible; it’s no longer a secret art which is only passed on through generations where mothers’ heels are followed onto the stage. The new generation of drag have more opportunities; we can earn a respectable wage through making videos, becoming a makeup company’s representative and we can build a good career as “a brand”.
Ellis has had fantastic opportunities working in top brand makeup stores, who years ago probably would have never considered a male assistant. Consumer acceptance has changed too, many ladies are borrowing drag skills such as contouring, highlighting and baking, some of which have been claimed by celebrities as a new concept and makeup companies are producing products similar to those drag essentials which we have used for years and years. But the drag roots are surfacing, they are being credited and drag artists like Ellis are being sent fabulous goodies from makeup brands to work with and we are reclaiming our art. This is where Ellis wants to continue heading to help makeup brands embrace artists and help makeup become genderless for future generations.
When we asked Ellis for her top tip - “!@?* anyone who is negative and trust your own initiative!” Not in the sense of becoming rude or egotistical, but have faith and trust in yourself, allow your brain and imagination to guide you to where you should and want to be. She explained often we listen too much to what we should or shouldn’t do, we allow people to drain us and stop us doing what we want. But in the world of makeup and drag, if you are smart and you focus on what you want to achieve, you can do a lot more than you could ever have imagined. I think Ellis has certainly lived by that, applying for jobs which stereotypically would not have been labelled as male roles and she has made a choice to live her drag career through the internet rather than the stage.
As my own path is so similar to Ellis’ I agree with her sentiment, consider what is right for you, you can choose to lead a career in drag. I personally know myself that I don’t have the skills or persona to captivate an audience on a stage, I feel that is a special quality only certain people possess and I am fairly confident that isn’t in me. However that doesn’t kill my drag existence, I have photographic and theatrical makeup experience and that gives me an understanding of how to formulate special effect products. I have years of professional negotiation skills from the insurance industry which helps to get a foot in the door of the world’s best manufacturers and agree very best prices for the finest ingredients available. I understand the struggle of budgeting a drag career through my drag experience as a DJ and event organiser. Like Ellis I am trying to make a difference for our community, making fantastic makeup accessible and not just accepting that big brands can take what they want from our purses, we can access it at better prices! If we continue to diversify in different careers, we all benefit as a community, so go for what you want and respect others drag career choices.
We have been over the moon to see Ellis has recently turned out incredible looks featuring our new range of theatrical and star glitters. We asked Ellis which one of our products she loves the most and as you probably guessed looking at her instagram, she chose our glitter! “The size and colour range Give Face Cosmetics hold makes it difficult for any other brands to compete, there are so many different effects, reflects and finishes which are so unique, there’s just so many I haven’t seen before!” And with that.. we can breathe a sigh of relief as she has been sent and seen A LOT of glitter! Ha.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Ellis for featuring so many of our products in her fabulous looks and sharing tricks (like adding oil to the bio glitters to make liquid metal – WOW)! I love the Atlantis stamp of approval and her expertise in social media has been a huge help to us to get better (especially Instagram – arrrggghhh!)
Check out more of Ellis’ work (Instagram @ellis_atlantis) but most importantly, join her on her internet journey and show her love!
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.
Charity Kase shares secrets from amazing 365 days of drag through incredible YouTube tutorial channel!
Charity certainly knows how to delight her audience and leaves us all gagging for more! This incredible artist has done it once again, opening 2018 with a brand new YouTube channel to share transformation instructions, tips and product recommendations! The first video which we had to watch several times to take in all the visuals is shot from several angles with soft lighting. The overview footage is cut with detailed close ups and fabulous fun (even seductive) moments when Charity is appreciating the products, capturing the charm, humour and allure of Miss Kase perfectly.
So, enjoy this innovative and creative video, give it a lot of love and hit that subscribe button for future releases! And again from all of us here at Give Face Cosmetics... congratulations Charity on your 365 days... thank you for the love you give us and the art banquet you continue to feed us!
Products featured: Grimas - Eyebrow Plastic, Fix Powder, Liquid Foundation G1 and B6.
Give Face Cosmetics - Face - Foundation Powders in Porcelain and Dark, Highlighter Vivienne, Blush Dolly, Mica Glitter Fae. Eyes - Matts in Polaroid, Acid, Hoochie, Atlantis and China. Micas in Pearl and Aphrodite. Glitter Gel and Ultrafine Glitters Leia, Jasmine, Pagan and Wish. Theatrical Chunky Glitter Supernatural coloured with Mica Gig. Lips - Lip colour Meangirl. Finished with Rose water setting spray with added duo chrome Gabriel.
Also features some of new product samples including theatrical chunky festival glitter coming out in February, brushes (March), Lashes (June-July) and pencils which we hope to release in the summer. For the latest news, sign up to our news letter!
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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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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."