Make Your Own: Glitter Gloss For '90s Babes

If you want a glitter gloss done right, you've got to do it yourself.
Publish date:
July 22, 2014
90s, glitter, lip gloss, DIY, wet n wild

Since we’re bleeding the '90s dry for beauty inspiration this summer, I’ve been wracking my brain for things I did back then, beyond ultra-thick Kinderwhore eyeliner and the never-to-be-rebooted pearl white shadow/raisin lips combination.

History tends to distill the style of past decades into the most garish, cartoony examples--as if everyone in the '60s was going to work dressed like Sir Elton John.

We weren't all wearing leather pants, crop tops, tiny backpacks, and bleached hair in the '90s, but most of us were. And while I won't be baring my midriff any time soon (I would never), I am nostalgic for the space age-y time when the Internet was a baby, the future was NOW, and anything seemed possible.

My '90s makeup routine hinged on a few things: butterfly clips, applied in a Predator-esque configuration, all the black eyeliner, and of course, lip gloss. But that wasn’t enough, I needed glitter in everything.

I used to dump chunky craft store glitter into my hair gel, lip gloss, and nail polish. I used the latter to decorate nearly everything I owned, because, why not?

I'm no cosmetic chemist (I’ll leave that to Kevin!), but I love glitter and the '90s, so I came up with a quick and easy DIY that's slightly more affordable than some of the new glitter glosses out there.

How To DIY Glitter Lip Gloss

I started with an old standard, Wet n’ Wild Megaslicks Lip Gloss. They're $3 and they aren’t too sticky or slimy. You can pile the gloss on for a wet shine, or use less for a moisturized look.

For glitter, I went demure, opting for ultra-fine glitter in gold, peach, pink, and lavender. You can find loose glitter in your local craft store's scrapbooking section.

Now that you have your glitter and gloss, dip the lip applicator in a pile of glitter (just two or three dips) and pump it into the gloss. Be careful on glitter use--too much will make the gloss grainy.

I wanted some sheer color in my gloss, so I added some Wilton gel colorant to a few of the tubes, but it’s not necessary. I added a tiny dab of red for a sweet I-just-ate-a-popsicle look, and then went on to ruin a tube by trying to make violet gloss happen.

A glitter lip can work for a nighttime or daytime look--either paired with a smoky eye or even a clean face--and it’s cute without being a total throwback.

What do you think? Should I be tried for my crimes against glitter? What '90s trend are you still sporting today?