[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! 🙂

Somebody’s Watching Me Manicure

As soon as I finished this manicure it made me think of eyes:

googly-eyes …. And then that song:

I’m not sure how I feel about the design. It’s a little bright for me but maybe with a different color combo it would look a little better. Regardless, here is an easy nail art design that everyone can do. You may want to grab some toothpicks, bobby pins, or a nail art tool to do the dotting. Choose three colors you would like to work with, a base coat, and a top coat.

sombodys watching me manicure easy nail art1. Always prep your nails before hand with a file to smooth edges and corners. Then apply a good base coat. I use Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail

Hardener.

Sally hansen Diamond Strength Base Coat2. I then follow with a ridgefiller because my nails have been peeling a lot lately. I’m hoping that’s going to reverse soon because I’ve been taking j.f lazartigue hair vitamins for the past two weeks (admittedly with a day missed here and there :/ ) and I would hope they would help with nail growth as well. I’ll be reporting on those babies later.

j.f. lazartigue revitalizing hair vitamins

Currently taking 2-3 /day. You can take up to 6!

So you apply the ridgefiller to smooth the nail bed. I like Orly’s version.

Orly ridgefiller on top of nail hardener3. Then apply your base color. I choose Essie’s Watermelon, and did two coats.

Essie watermelon

4. Then get your dotting tool ready and a plate to drop polish on.

dab the color on a plate tri color manicure5. Then take your dotting tool and dab it into the polish. Create slightly larger dots by circling around your dotting tool to create a bigger circle. You’ll want the first set of dots slightly bigger so the second set of dots are slightly smaller. Allow your nails to dry for some minutes between the drops because it can get thick if you aren’t careful.

* to make the dots look like eyes instead of “just dots”, place the second dot ( in my case, the blue color near the edge of the bigger (white) dot. Like the googly eyes up above. Do it on random sides so it doesn’t look too much like a pattern.

use your dotting tool to dot nail6. Finish with a top coat to seal the design. Lately I’ve preferred using Seche Vite Top Coat since its so shiny.

somebodys watching me manicure 2

Want to see different nail designs? Just click on the picture above to take you to my gallery

What colors would you choose? Would you possibly use real googly eyes from the craft store? I bet you can make some cute Halloween designs with those! Have yet to master the feather manicure yet–if any readers out there get tips on how to make the feather NOT lift please share!

XOXO

Claudia

Splatter Nails

Below is my attempt at splatter nail design. It required me to tape each finger up with three pieces of tape (only to expose the nail).

You should first paint your nails with a basecoat color of your choice. Then choose 1-3 additional colors to “splatter” on. You will need straws to do this. I used straws from mcdonalds and they were pretty big. I suspect a thinner straw would have been easier.

Another thing I noticed is that holographic or metallic colors look the best with the splatter technique. Well, in my opinion.

I can’t wait to do this style again, but with different colors. What colors would you choose to do?

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