Hindsight Fashion: Body Glitter

28 Oct

Throughout the decades, teenagers have attempted to prove their coolness by wearing questionable accessories, hairstyles and items of clothing. Hindsight Fashion is a section about those trends that, in Hindsight, we probably wish we hadn’t worn.

This week’s Hindsight Fashion is Body Glitter.

Body Glitter (glitter in any form worn on the skin or hair) was a trend in the 1990’s embraced by mainstream pop music, the underground rave scene, and the figure skating community. Body glitter took on many different forms including lotions, powders, sprays, and gels all designed to “subtly highlight” whichever surfaces they touched. Popular targets for body glitter were the clavicle bones, cleavage, and eyelids.

There was a period during my adolescence that essentially sits in a glitter induced haze. Everything in my life was covered in glitter. This was largely intentional, but not entirely. The down side to using glitter is that it gets (and stays) everywhere. Everywhere. If you used the powders, the dust would inevitably be carried off in a glitter cloud and cover all nearby surfaces. The aerosol sprays were so powerful that one might find sparkles rooms away. And even if the application was clean, the glitter would rub off on everything you touched and be impossible to remove.

For me, a body glitter fanatic, the regular cosmetic brand glitters were not enough. I needed bigger sparkles. Better coverage. More impact. So I began using the bottles of craft glitter that are sold in hobby stores next to the crazy glue and alpaca yarn. Practically daily (yes, I even wore this to school), I would try to apply this glitter to my eyelids, only to have a giant hunk of sparkles fall into my eye, much to my Optometrist father’s chagrin. Such is the price of beauty I suppose.

Seeing as my Mother is still painstakingly trying to remove these sparkly little buggers from the surfaces of my teenaged bedroom, I think we’re safe to say that body glitter won’t ever need to make a comeback. After all, it never really goes away in the first place.

8 Responses to “Hindsight Fashion: Body Glitter”

  1. magnolia October 28, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

    haha – yes. although i have to admit that i’ve taken my teenage love of blueberry-scented body glitter from bath and body works and translated it into an adult love of MAC shimmer eyeshadows in every color of the rainbow and viva glam lipglass. my boyfriend still finds random traces of glitter all over himself. it still amuses me as much as it used to when my high-school boyfriends used to do the same thing…

    • thehindsightletters October 28, 2010 at 9:33 pm #

      Love the lipglass! That stuff is like carpenter’s glue though 🙂 Impossible to eat anything without having it permanently attached to your lips 🙂

  2. briannagoldberg October 28, 2010 at 4:56 pm #

    And do you remember the SMELL of the little gel-pots of it? FEH!

    • thehindsightletters October 28, 2010 at 9:34 pm #

      Yes!! Why was that? Why could no one make yummy smelling glitter gel pots? Perhaps we’ve found our niche…

  3. Anna October 28, 2010 at 5:06 pm #

    I’m embarrassed to say that I was going through some old stuff recently and found a TON of glittery sorts of things…

    It sure was fun to wear, though!


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