Glitter

Glitter was a popular fashion accessory in the 1980s. It was used to complete a wide range of looks and was an important trend that contributed to pop culture at this time.

Glitter is a material that has been popular during certain periods throughout history, because it can be used for decoration or to attract attention. In the 1980’s glitter became very popular as an item of clothing and accessories and it even made its way into household items such as hair brushes and combs!


The popularity of glitter originated from the punk rock movement in London, where musicians wore their hair spiked up with large quantities of hairspray and cut-up pieces of tinsel glued onto their faces as makeup. With such outrageous appearance, their fans wanted to emulate their looks and started wearing glitter to concerts. Eventually, this fad spread beyond the punk rock scene’s fans; it was worn by many young people in London during that time.

Glitter was a popular 80s makeup accessory for women

Why was glitter so popular in 1980s?

There was a very large group of people who found the look of glitter to be not only eye-catching but also aesthetically pleasing. The shiny material reflected light, making whoever was wearing it seem even more glamorous. Women especially appreciated this aspect of glitter, because they were always looking for ways to attract attention and shimmering accessories made them look much more attractive. One woman from the time stated that “men love to see girls dressed up in glitzy outfits with sparkling hair clips or hair bands”.

Glitter didn’t just make women appear attractive; it was also used as an accessory by men during concerts because it would help them stand out in the crowd. Men often wore sparkly shirts over simple jeans and sneakers so that everyone could immediately identify them during a concert instead of having to walk right up and talk to them.

Even men in the 1980s used glitter as a fashion accessory

It was also associated with glamour and wealth, which was something many people who were growing tired of the economic recession at the time could hope for. Plenty of advertisements at this time featured models wearing glittery lipsticks. These products weren’t just bought by women; it became much more socially acceptable for men to wear lipstick in the 1980s than it had been in decades past! This helped spark enthusiasm in many people about using items that contained glitter.

Celebrities like Madonna used glitter to accentuate their fashion

Glitter was also extremely easy to find at the time because it could be removed from craft supplies such as sequins or even glued onto paper with glue sticks. It could then easily be attached anywhere on the body with the use of hairspray, a technique that many women found to be quite convenient.

However, glitter was also very difficult to get rid of because it couldn’t just be wiped off like most other material. Hairspray wasn’t strong enough to remove this stubborn accessory from skin or even clothing, so girls who wore glitter would have to wait until they showered before washing it away. As a result, there were countless complaints about glitter being uncomfortable and inconvenient because it would often stain bedsheets and other surfaces in people’s homes.

People eventually stopped using glitter at the end of the 1980s because the fashion world had started favoring simple designs over ostentatious ones; people wanted fashion items that could easily be removed and wouldn’t stain other clothes in their closet. Even makeup companies stopped producing glittery kinds of lipstick because the general public had become tired of this trend!

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