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 Heather (Heather's Dish) December 9, 2011 at 5:14 am

    ohmigosh i’m so jealous of your beautiful nails…i literally JUST broke one of mine down to the quick and it hurts so bad! the red ones are TOTALLY my fave. so sassy!

  • Reply Mira Jakobsen December 9, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Beautiful nails, great post!

  • Reply Tamari December 9, 2011 at 10:48 am

    So cooolll !

  • Reply Jessica @ How Sweet December 9, 2011 at 11:51 am

    got my supplies all ready to go!

  • Reply The Chic Teach December 9, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Since I work in the education field, I held off for sooooo long on using glittery polish. Now, I use it all the time, and my kids FREAK OUT when I do! Why did I care for so long?! All the fun I’ve been missing out on…love these nails!

    • Reply Adrianna December 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm

      Kids love glitter! They dig fun!

  • Reply Abby Flynt December 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    I am going to have to try the gradient! Swinging by ulta today.

  • Reply Heather Michelle @ A Sweet Simple Life December 9, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Cute!!! And so sparkly!!! Add glitter nail polish to my shopping list.

  • Reply Katrina December 9, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    This is so fun! Love it!

  • Reply Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau December 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    The french tips and gradient is so darned cute – pinning it!

  • Reply Apollina December 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    I love it! You have such pretty nails:) I gotta find a way to grow mine out!

    • Reply Adrianna December 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm

      Thank you thank you!

  • Reply Bev Weidner December 9, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    that. is. so. freaking. cute.

  • Reply Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy December 9, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Love glitter, the only thing I hate is how hard it is to remove!

  • Reply Allyn December 9, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I have so little patience when it comes to painting my nails, but maybe that can be my goal on my lazy day tomorrow.
    Glitter is super fun! It always makes me squeal a little.

    • Reply Adrianna December 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm

      Definitely need a little bit of patience. I’m the worst at this. That’s why those fast dry drops are so helpful.

  • Reply Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine December 9, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    This is so fun! I am all about the glitter gradient one…may need to do that today! 🙂

  • Reply Dana December 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Great looks! I love the glitter french!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Lori @ RecipeGirl December 9, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    CUTE! Love this glittery girl post 🙂

  • Reply carly {carlyklock} December 9, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    i can’t wait to keep showing you my awesome nails! thanks for sharing, dear.

  • Reply Jen of My Tiny Oven December 9, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I LOVE the sparkly french tip! I want to do that for Christmas!! Thanks for the pointers!!

  • Reply Sarah - Dodeline Design December 9, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    So fun! I’m so hard on my nails I never paint them. Maybe I’ll try this for the special season though!

  • Reply Kasey December 9, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Your nails are so pretty! Can I come over for a mani? 😉

    • Reply Adrianna December 9, 2011 at 6:42 pm

      Yes! Duh.

  • Reply Amanda (onceuponarecipe) December 9, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Cool! I love these ideas! I am SO glad that I’m a girl. 🙂

    • Reply Adrianna December 9, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      ME TOO! Way more fun.

  • Reply Tina December 9, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I have to try the gradient glitter nails, they look frosty & fabulous!
    Also, I swear by Sally Hanson quick dry top coat (it comes in an orange bottle)–not only does it make your nails dry to the touch in seconds, but it also evens out any mistakes. Brilliant stuff!

  • Reply Stacey! December 9, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Yay! Thanks so much! I’ve had OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques on for about 3 weeks straight, but I’ve been dying for some glitter action! My biggest problem is that I am never patient enough to let it dry all the way, and always manage to mess it all up. I definitely need to look into some quick drying action.

    • Reply Adrianna December 9, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      I loooove that color. The drops help a whole lot.

  • Reply nicole {sweet peony} December 9, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    you are too cool. i hate having long nails so mine never look pretty. but i’m sure lots & lots of glitter will fix that 🙂 either that or make me look like a toddler that goes behind the couch while mommy is on the phone doing things i shouldn’t be doing.

  • Reply Kayla @ Sheriff of the Kitchen December 10, 2011 at 12:01 am

    As a fellow nail addict, I love these ultra cute nails! I have my eyes on the french glitter tips lets see if I can make them look as good as yours!

  • Reply dragon fruit December 10, 2011 at 12:50 am

    I love this post! and I am OBSESSED with doing my nails, manicures basically take up my entire twitter. haha. thanks for the tutorials 🙂

  • Reply Maura December 10, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Love these! Just found this on Pinterest yesterday, thought you might like it! 🙂

    • Reply Adrianna December 10, 2011 at 3:45 am

      Oh whoa. I looooove that!

  • Reply Lauren @ FoodIsTherapy December 10, 2011 at 1:09 am

    I’m always so envious of your nails – they’re always so beautiful and fun! I can’t seem to keep polish on mine…ever.

  • Reply Tina P December 10, 2011 at 3:47 am

    OMG! Your nails are sooo amazing. I choose the gradient. 🙂

  • Reply Lisa December 10, 2011 at 3:47 am

    All of these options are so fun. Pinterest is just full of nail tutorials. PINNING THIS!

  • 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.

  • 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 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. 🙂

  • 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 Maria December 12, 2011 at 5:58 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

    I am obsessed with the glitter gradient ones! So cool! 🙂

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

    Super cute!

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  • 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 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 Lindsay December 24, 2011 at 8:27 am

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

  • Reply [email protected], 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 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!

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    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 🙂 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 .

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