Glitter Tattoos: The Glimmer Body Art booth boasted a long line of people of all ages and genders, and by day two of Cosmoprof, nearly everyone I saw was sporting a glitter tattoo. Including me. The California-based company does a lot of Hollywood parties and has worked with the Teen Choice Awards. The company was at the show trying to convince salons that it was a quick and easy treatment to add to their menus.
Just like it seems perfectly normal to wear a silly hat on New Year’s Eve or the mouse ears at Disney World, it felt right to get a glitter tattoo at a beauty conference in Las Vegas (mine, at left, is on my ankle.) Thinking I was being funny, I tweeted a pic of the tattoo saying they were “happening.” The tweets I got back worried me, people! With the exception of one sane woman who deemed glitter “tacky,” the vast majority of tweets I got back were about how cool it was and where they could get one.
The process is simple and cheap: you choose a pattern, place a stencil on your skin, paint over the stencil with hypoallergenic skin adhesive, remove the stencil, then “paint” dry glitter with a brush over the glue. It dries in less than a minute and lasts for about a week if you’re careful not to scrub it (mine’s on day 8 and still looks good).
Is this a trend in the making? Is it the nineties again? Will these catch on with people other than the under-15 set? My glitter tattoo got a lot of compliments from people from all walks of life. A trend to watch, perhaps…