[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 🙂

Tutorial: Splatter Nails! I swear its not hard!

Hey Everyone!

My first attempt at splatter nail art was a hit amongst my friends, and as per their request I have created a tutorial so you can re-create the look yourself. My next goal is to do this on my toes…but I may need to stretch a bit first. 😉

base coat nail hardener, 1st color, 1st splatter color, 2nd splatter color, top coat, scotch tape, cuticle pen and manicure correcting pen

First things first, let’s get your supplies all together. You will need:

  • A nail polish to use as your base color
  • 1-3 additional colors you would like to splatter
  • top coat & base coat
  • A straw for each color you plan on splattering (not a coffee stirrer and not a boba straw, something in between will work fine)
  • scotch tape
  • q-tips or a manicure pen to clean mistakes.

I like to start my manicure with a base coat specifically with a nail hardener in it. I file my nails square-shaped and they tend to break right at the corners. This at least gives them a fighting chance.

I always start with a base coat. Preferably with nail hardener in it.

Next, you’re going to do your base color. I needed two coats with this light blue color.

First color used Revlon: Cloud

Next, you’re going to use scotch tape to tape up each finger. You will need to work on a single hand at a time. It’s too difficult to handle everything with all your fingers taped up. You will need one piece of tape across the cuticle, and then one piece of tape for each side. I try to line up the tape with the nail/cuticle edge and then press the tape all around so its more streamline.

See the steps of putting tape on your fingers

After you tape up your fingers. Your going to set up your splatter area. Keep in mind this can get a little messy. When I first did this I used a plastic baggie, this time I used a piece of cardboard. You may also use a paper plate. Place 5-7 drops of polish in a little pool on the cardboard or plate. Dont try to spread it around, just drop the drops right on top of each other. Then dip the straw into the pool of polish.

Dip the straw into the polish. You will need a straw for each color you use.

Now quickly with a quick puff (like a blow dart in Indiana Jones) with your mouth through the straw to blast the polish. Now this is where you will just have to experiment with how big of a puff you give it. The best way was a quick directed puff close to the nail. Too far and you get it everywhere, too close and you get a giant splatter on the nail. Sometimes it looks cool, other times it just looks like a mistake. You may need to add additional drops of polish as the pool dries.

As you can see, splatter can get messy. That is why we use tape! Color used is Sally Hansen: Instant Iris

You’re almost there! LOL Now give your hand a minute to dry some before moving to your second splatter color. You will essentially recreate the process by making a pool of polish of the second color, dipping your straw and giving each finger a quick puff.

You may notice that your splatter looks “goopy” in areas. I thought I made a mistake while doing this but after two go arounds I know that the paint does still dry–but you must give it time! Patience is key with goopy polish globs. Second color used: Wet N Wild: Heavy metal

After giving your hand a moment to dry, you can now take the tape off your fingers and throw them away. Be careful! If your nails are still wet you could smear your splatter and it will be more difficult to fix since your other hand already has polish on it! Next step is cleaning all the splatter that still got on your hands. Get your nail polish remover ready! I switch between using a q tip for bigger areas and a manicure correcting pen when I want to get really close to the cuticle.

I stripped down the q tip a little more so its more precise. See how my other hand is still only base color?

Last step is giving your dried polish a nice shiny top coat. I learned about Seche Vite from the gals at Beauty Collection. It’s one of those top coats that extra special by bonding with the layer of polish below to strengthen the polish and prevent it from chipping off. Once dried, you can repeat the process with the other hand and Tad-ah! You’ve got yourself a new manicure design.

Final Result: Splatter Nails

Do you have a cool nail design? I’m always looking for new ones tor try out. If so, please share! I just started a community page on facebook to share our photos- I hope you will come and check it out.

Catch ya later! 😉