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How to: Three Ways to Wear Glitter Nails

Mon, 12 November 2012 5:15PM

While I was taking a glimpse at the beautiful – and sparkling – holiday offerings from YSL and Estée Lauder, I was inspired to create a little glitter of my own. Of course, in the form of nail art.

Glitter nail polish as been a longtime favourite of mine, however I often find that there is no consistency from one nail to the next. One always seems to be a solid wash, while the others have a mere speck or two, no matter how many coats I apply, and once I get to coat three, it ends up being too thick and smudges anyway.

Which is why my preferred way to apply and wear glitter nails is by using real glitter, which you can pick up at your local craft store for under $5 for a pack of five. While you can get a little over excited when it comes to colour combinations, a beautiful pale pink and soft, shimmering white gold is lovely for a everyday wear (or even for a bride!), while a nude pairs beautifully with a rich gold.

Here are the three ways you can take a little glitter a long way. Note, it can get a little messy …

The Glitter Tip

Begin by painting your nails your chosen base colour. I’m using Orly’s Nail Polish in Glow, $18.95, 1300 769 355, a soft nude. Once your nails are thoroughly dry, paint a thin coat of polish just on the tips, as if you would for a French manicure. Then, dip them in the tub of glitter, or little pile on your surface, and tap off the excess. Wait approximately five minutes, and then gently press down on the glitter to ensure that it is dry. Slick on a thin top coat and you’re done!

The Ombré Glitter Tip

This is possibly my favourite way with glitter nails, as it looks equally as fabulous as a feature or on every nail. Working one finger at a time, as you need the polish to be wet, add a thin coat of your base colour and then grab your glitter and gently tap the jar so that it sprinkles over your nail. Tip: Try and aim it so that your glitter begins to scatter from the top of your nail down towards your cuticle, so it leaves an ombré-like effect. In other words, you don’t want to just throw it down on your nail. Wait around ten minutes until your nail are dry, then apply a thin coat of top coat.

The Full Wash of Glitter

Perfect for a night out on the town, or the upcoming festive season, a full wash of glitter creates a high-impact nail finish. Begin by pouring out some of your glitter into a small pile onto your work surface. Again, working one finger at a time, paint a thin coat of your base colour, then, moving quickly, roll your fingernail in the pile of glitter, ensuring that your whole nail is coated. Gently clean up around the edges of your nail using a cotton tip dipped in nail polish remover, or sticky tape also works well. Move onto the next nail and repeat the process. After you have completed the glitter wash on one hand, go back and gently press down on each nail to check the polish is dry. Pick up your top coat and paint a thin layer.

Tell me, Primpers, do you like glitter nail polish?

Have you ever tried glitter nail art?

What are you favourite techniques and colour combinations?

Hayley x

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  • Posted by: Sarah Sayers // Mon, 12 November 2012 06:47pm

    Hayley! I love these! So pretty for Christmas day or NYE xx

  • Posted by: misschris Master Fan // Mon, 12 November 2012 10:42pm

    I love the glitter tip, definately something I would do on my own nails!

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Tue, 13 November 2012 09:22am

    I love glitter polish, i wear it less now because its such a pain to remove.
    I love the glitter tips hayley, they look awesome.
    I think a rainbow glitter ombre nail would look sweet!!

  • Posted by: adriennne Master Fan // Tue, 13 November 2012 10:24am

    Those are all pretty cool looks! OPI have some nice glitter options at the moment. I don’t usually wear glitter but I think the upcoming festive season is a good time to try it out. Also it’s easy to fix chips and smudges etc.

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Tue, 13 November 2012 01:20pm

    Love the ombre like effect glitter perfect for upcoming Christmas parties!

  • Posted by: Gloss_Geek Master Fan // Tue, 13 November 2012 02:43pm

    Beautiful :) I love the glitter tips and the ombre look, very christmas-y!

  • Posted by: Pamela - Elements Beauty Spa // Thu, 15 November 2012 01:52am

    Best removal tip for chunky glitter (including glitter polish) is to use a sponge style buff and buff it off then remove what is left with polish remover. Hold the soaked pad in place a while to loosen it. :)

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Thu, 15 November 2012 03:45pm

    I love the glitter tips!!! Thank you so much for this post. Will be rockin’ some seriously cool nails pronto :)

  • Posted by: Coral Woods // Mon, 19 November 2012 10:37am

    I find that a cheap bottle of glitter polish works well. I have found one that is so thick with glitter, three coats give me a full coverage that can look like Christmas ball balls, I often will pick it in red, silver & green and alternate my nails. Very effective. This works well for Easter too.

  • Posted by: Alex // Mon, 19 November 2012 10:58am

    I am currently wearing the Ombre effect and I love it! :)
    My base is OPI My Private Jet and Glitter is OPI Pirouette My Whistle. But I need to get some gold glitter so that I can do the Ombre effect with London Butter’s Yummy Mummy :)

  • Posted by: Its_Jess Master Fan // Sat, 24 November 2012 08:46pm

    I’m not a fan of glitter nail polishes, only because they are so difficult to remove, if anybody had some tips on easy removal I’d love to hear them… I lo ve the look but don’t have the patience to remove it!

  • Posted by: Hayley Bennett Enthusiast // Sun, 25 November 2012 09:22am

    Hi ItsJess – I find that if you soak a cotton wool ball in remover and hold it against your nail for around 10 seconds, it should work to get the majority off. Then you just repeat the process. Let me know how you go! x

  • Posted by: Stella-1335070716 Enthusiast // Mon, 26 November 2012 07:13pm

    That is such a smart idea and easy. :)

  • Posted by: cwingy83 Enthusiast // Wed, 28 November 2012 02:53pm

    love the glitter on the gives it a bit of sparkles will try it out for christmas or new year.

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Wed, 28 November 2012 06:05pm

    Glitter looks so cute but I agree with its_jess, takes so long to get off!~ I end up scraping it and damaging my nails. :(

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Wed, 28 November 2012 06:06pm

    P.S. The middle look wins for me!

  • Posted by: Tina-1291133452 Master Fan // Tue, 4 December 2012 06:14pm

    i think its really pretty look for xmas time or any kind of celebration.. its a bit too much for everyday though..

  • Posted by: CandiH Devotee // Tue, 18 December 2012 01:54pm

    I used to use a glitter glue on the tips of my nails to get that sort of french mani look, in fact I used a glitter glue pen to do all kinds of stuff on my nails, I found it heaps cleaner to do it that way

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sat, 16 February 2013 07:13pm

    i love these

  • Posted by: thecatwhosawstars Master Fan // Wed, 5 June 2013 11:41am

    Glitter just on the tips is my favourite of these ways to wear glitter. Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle.

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Thu, 18 July 2013 12:58pm

    i like the glitter tip way

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Mon, 6 July 2015 05:24pm

    Nail art can be such fun, I like the glitter approach, its pretty and sparkly.

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