Glitter Nails, Three Ways


Holiday season means a few things: parties, presents, stress..and glitter. Yes, glitter. I’m pretty sure by now you know I love nail polish, and I love glitter nail polish even more. Soooo, I figured I’d show you a few ways to make your nails dazzle (a little more) this holiday season. Here are my three favorite ways:

Glitter Top Coat

Supplies: Deborah Lippman’s Boom Boom Pow.

Step 1: I painted a base coat and two coats of nail polish.

Step 2: And then one top coat of glitter nail polish.

It’s really that easy-peasy! Sometimes I like to lay on two coats of glitter nail polish if I’m going for crazy sparkly.

Glitter French:

Supplies: OPI’s Crown Me Already, Orly White Tip Guides and plain ol’ nail polish remover.

Step 1: I securely placed the white tip guides on my nails. I always do a bit under the white part of my nail since mine is a little small.

Step 2: One coat of glitter nail polish on the tips only.

Step 3: One more coat.

Step 4: And then I removed the stickies. They never come off perfect for me. Ever. So I took an old (firm) eyeshadow brush, dipped it in nail polish remover and cleaned up the french part just a tad.

Step 5: I then painted one coat of Mademoiselle just on the nail bed. With this color, if you get it on the glitter part, no big deal–it’s pretty translucent.

If you want to have the nail bed another color (which I often do), simply paint the entire nail the color of your liking, let it dry completely, add the stickies, and then paint the tips glitter.

Glitter Gradient:

OPI’s Drip Dry (optional), Essie’s School of Hard Rocks, OPI’s Crown Me Already

Step 1: I painted two coats of polish

Step 2: And then, starting just above where the nail polish meets the cuticle, I applied one very thin coat of glitter nail polish.

Step 3: I applied a second thin coat about 1/2 inch from where I started the last one. If you have super thin glitter nail polish, you might have to do up to four thin coats, working your way up.

Step 4: Taking my nail polish, I dabbed the tips of my nails with a thickish coat of glitter nail polish, so none of the green color comes through.

Three super easy ways to have your nails all glitterfied this holiday season. YAY!

P.S. Wanna make French Onion Soup while painting your nails. Of course you do! I did it last year here.

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  • Reply Helen March 27, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I was looking for the perfect way to have my nails for our daughter’s wedding ..
    **** DONE **** The glitter over the top will be just awesome πŸ™‚ Have to admit I am wearing artificial nails for the day though. But this design will set them off beautifully .I will practice before the day. Thank you so much .

  • Reply peaceloveandsmoothies March 2, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I too love to do my own nail designs and post them on my site. Glitter nail polish has always been a fave of mine!

  • Reply Nadette@Eat, Read, Rant! December 28, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    You’re one of those girls whose really good at painting their own nails. I LOVE nail polish, but when God made me, I was obviously not paying attention, and skipped “how to paint your own nails like a competent adult” line. I just can’t ever manage to not get nail polish on my cuticles. And then they’ll surely be chipped in a day or two. #sigh. But I’m sooo planning on doing glitter nails, even though I’m sure I’ll make a bigger mess than necessary.

  • Reply Lindsay December 24, 2011 at 8:27 am

    YESSSSSS! I have literally been crossing my fingers forever for this post from you!!! πŸ™‚ MORE MORE MORE!

  • Reply Thee-Own-Ee December 17, 2011 at 12:32 am

    I just painted my nails like the red one above. Funny story I couldn’t find gold glitter nail polish in my town and was complaining to a friend of mine so he went to the store a poured gold giltter into clear nail polish for me, and it actually worked!

  • Reply Becki's Whole Life December 15, 2011 at 10:49 am

    So cute – love them all, but I really love that gradient look. I might need to run to Ulta today to get some good glitter polish! Perfect for the holidays!

  • Reply Pretty. Good. Food. December 13, 2011 at 2:19 am

    Super cute!

  • Reply Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) December 13, 2011 at 12:07 am

    I am obsessed with the glitter gradient ones! So cool! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Cynthia December 12, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Very cute!!! I want to do this now!

  • Reply Kate December 12, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Do you seriously know how to do EVERYTHING?! Gah, girl, I love everything about this πŸ™‚ Such happy nails for such a happy time of year!

  • Reply Maria December 12, 2011 at 5:58 am

    I love your nails! The fanciest thing I’ve ever done is plaid.

  • Reply cindy December 11, 2011 at 2:22 am

    L-O-V-E nail polish and glitter polish!! I definitely did a few nail polish posts over the summer. you should get your sponged glitter tip and half moon mani on! I’m loving those gradient and french techniques!

    • Reply Adrianna December 12, 2011 at 2:35 am


  • Reply Marie December 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    So so pretty. And like what was said above, I like being a girl. Your nails are always well done. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Reem | Simply Reem December 10, 2011 at 5:50 am

    Such beautiful and fun ideas for nails…
    God I need to sit down and have a date with my hands… LOL

  • Reply BMarie December 10, 2011 at 4:02 am

    The gradient nail is so beautiful, I was looking to do a winter mani and you have inspired me. Simply amazing.

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