19 July 2011

Glitter is Always a Good Idea

I did my nails last night. At first, I thought of painting them a bright, summery color (coral, anyone?), but then I thought, "Why not try something sparkly?" I was totally inspired by Pugly Pixel's glitter tape tutorial and I figured it would be a great concept to apply to my nails. After all, glitter is always a good idea.

What I Used:

  • Gold Nail Polish (Revlon Metallic nail polish in Gold Coin, from Rite Aid)
  • Clear Nail Polish (Revlon Extra Life No Chip Top Coat, from Rite Aid)
  • Extra-Fine Glitter (Tulip Fashion Glitter from Michaels craft store)

  1. Cut/shape your nails as usual. I recommend cleaning them with nail polish remover, even if you don't have any old polish on. This helps the new color stay on better.
  2. Apply one coat of gold nail polish. Don't worry if it isn't perfect; it'll be covered!
  3. While the gold nail polish is still wet, cover the entire nail with lots of glitter. Be sure to hold your hand over a bowl or a plate to avoid making a huge mess!
  4. Flip your hand upside down and tap off any excess - again, make sure to keep your hand over the bowl or plate.
  5. Repeat with each finger on one hand. Allow to dry.
  6. Apply two coats of clear nail polish to seal the glitter. Allow to dry. Tip: Wipe off the nail polish applicator on a clean sheet of paper to remove any glitter that may stick to it. Otherwise, it'll end up in the bottle!
  7. Repeat on other hand.
  8. Admire your new sparkly nails!
I apologize for not taking any pictures of the process. It would have been pretty hard to take pictures and paint my nails at the same time. :)


  1. I absolutely love your glittery nails! And your header is so pretty!

    star-crossed smile

    Also, I'm having my Blog Birthday Giveaway right now and I'd love for you to enter if you'd like :)

  2. I never thought of using real glitter!! Great idea!


  3. I love this. What a creative spin on the 'glitter' nail. How messy was it though?


  4. @MissRockwell It actually wasn't as messy as I thought it would be. As long as you have a big enough container to tap off the glitter, you should be fine. :)


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