One of my dear friends, who also happens to be a model, came to me a week before Valentine’s Day with an amazing idea. Instead of doing a basic lingerie shoot, she wanted to gather a couple girls and cover themselves with red, pink, and purple glitter. What a fun Valentine’s Day alternative!! I loved the idea and immediately started trying to figure out how we were going to accomplish this! It took a lot of creativity but we figured it out and now I’m sharing it with you! Just so you know, this post contains affiliate links to products. I am only linking items that I have used and approved of. I may receive a commission for purchases made through these links, but it does not impact your purchase as a buyer.
The glitter that I got and can 100% vouch for was Ben Nye Sparklers Glitter and Mehron Paradise Glitter. I found both in a small makeup store but you can buy the Mehron Paradise glitter on amazon here. They have a bunch of different colors to choose from! It was very fine glitter so it seemed like a lot, but I wish I bought one more container per color! I bought about 1.25 oz of glitter per girl, but it didn’t cover their whole bodies like we had hoped. If you’re looking for full coverage I would definitely go for at least 2oz of glitter!
For hair, we used a more chunky aloe vera based glitter gel. While the exact one we used isn’t on amazon, these are some safe similar options here and here.
Just as a quick note, be careful when buying glitter online! Make sure that it is okay for face/body use or else it can cause irritation!
2. Clear Hair Gel
This is used for turning the loose body glitter into something that you can paint on! We used this specific one and I can vouch that it worked well on everyone’s skin (even on sensitive skin). We emptied all the glitter into a container and then put about 4 spoonfuls of gel to mix. We were eyeballing it so when doing this step, go with what feels right! You can always add more gel if you need!
3. Paint brushes
To paint the glitter onto everyone, we used large paintbrushes. You will need one per person/glitter color! Here’s a good option.
4. Other items
Other items you may need include: semi-large containers for mixing the glitter and gel , spoons for mixing the glitter gel, towels for cleanup and catching any falling glitter while painting, a hairdryer to speed up the drying process!
Overall this is like one huge human arts and crafts project and it’s really fun, but make sure you’re ready to find glitter in the shoot location and on your equipment for months to come!
Here are some of my favorite photos from my shoot! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments, and if you do your own glitter shoot, let me know because I would LOVE to see how it came out!