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 Dana December 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm

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

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

    that. is. so. freaking. cute.

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

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

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

    This is so fun! Love it!

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

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

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

    got my supplies all ready to go!

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

    So cooolll !

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

    Beautiful nails, great post!

  • 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!

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