[How to] Do Holiday Sprinkle Glitter Nails

A friend of mine found a fabulous manicure photo on pinterest and asked for a tutorial.

holiday glitter nails

Purdy, dontcha think?

Materials needed:

Base Coat Nail Polish & Nude Base Polish & Clear Top Coat

Loose glitter (optional) & Glitter polish (finely milled, chunk, or a combination of both)

Make-up sponge wedges & Scissors

Materials used. *no loose glitter in this tutorial, sorry

1. Always start with a base coat polish. Base coats help to smooth out ridges, protect your natural nail from staining, and can extend the life of your polish of choice. I am using one from Orly that has added proteins for strength. I would use a ridge filler but my nails are in pretty good condition right now.

2. Follow with 1-2 coats of your nude polish. A single-coat opaque nude color would work best to keep the polish thin. Allow to dry.

Sephora OPI Dear Diary Swatch

Sephora OPI Dear Diary used

3. Get your glitter polish bottles and roll them between your hands to mix well. Even if you think their mixed–do it. I was surprised how much glitter I was missing out on from not properly rolling and shaking the bottles to get the glitters to fully remix instead of settling on one side the bottle. Once you’ve mixed get your makeup sponge and turn it on its side:
how to do glitter nails Paint the corner with the glitter polish and then dab the makeup sponge corner onto just the edge of the nail. You can slowly build up the glitter on top of each other because you are doing it in thin steps. You can alternate glitters so it has a different look also. The key is to treat the glitter portion like you are doing a gradient. More glitter towards the tips, and

less towards the cuticle.

glitter nails

I used two types of glitter and layered them on top of another

glitter nail tips

Loose glitter version*:

Pour your loose glitter of choice into a very small dipping cup. Paint your nail on just the tips (can be uneven/jagged/’like-a-richter-scale-messy”) so the glitter catches in and gradient way. You can add more clear polish to the tip area so it catches more. Quickly dip your nail into the glitter or dump over the nail to completely cover the wet polish. Blow excess glitter away and allow to dry for several minutes.

4. Top your glitter design with a nice shiny top coat, like seche vite. It gives it a nice glossy look and will seal in your design.

glitter nails glitter nail tips nude glitter

Have another way of completing this look? Let us know! 🙂

[How to] Clean Up A Manicure In Three Ways

Hey Everyone, I always have trouble cleaning up my manicures and I’ve been trying to gather tips on how to make it look as clean and presentable as possible. I think many of us could benefit from a little instruction, and if you have any tips that work for you, please share! Enjoy!

Method two:  Sally Hansen No More Mistakes Manicure Clean up Pen. See here

These wonderful little pens are perfect for minor touch-ups and lighter polish.  I made the mistake of using it for darker colors and had difficulty using it later on.  Still good to have on hand and come with refillable tips.

Method two:  Nail Polish Remover and a brush

I love the little glass dipping cup that they have at manicure shops.  I went ahead and got one of my own for my own manicures.  Here I use a little acetone and a nail art brush in a chisel tip and point tip to clean around the edges.  Brushes are good for major goofs and getting underneath the nail.

Method three: Nail Polish Remover and an Orange Stick

By far, the best way to clean up the cuticle and make a clean, professional manicure.  Dip the orange stick in the nail polish remover or acetone and trace the cuticle along the nail bed.  This one requires the most pressure put on the nail/skin. A Ginormous thanks (for the hot tip) to the Owner of Kell’s DIY Nails on Facebook. 😉

Voila, A New Clean Manicure…..

OPI Teenage Dream and Zoya Roxy

Do you have Manicure clean up tips that work really well for you?  Please share, we all could use the extra advice 🙂