Glitter is the easiest way to cover up a less than perfect manicure, or to add a festive touch to your nails. The best way to bring out the color of glitter polish is to layer over a base that is either a complementary color, or a color close to the main glitter color. Polishes with fine glitters are easier to apply. For polishes with chunkier glitters, the best method for application is the dab and swipe method. Instead of immediately swiping the brush on the nail, lightly dab the glitters into position to avoid big deposits on a single part of the surface. In general, glitters leave the surface of the polished nail with some grit. This can snag and catch onto fabric or hair, and can even scratch the skin. My favorite way to achieve a flat even surface on a glitter manicure is to use Glitter Food by Nail Pattern Boldness. A single coat of Glitter Food before your top coat of choice gets rid of the grit.
Here are some of my favorite glitter manicures. Perhaps this sampling will encourage you to wear one for Christmas!
The hardest part of sporting a glitter manicure is removal. The foil method makes the process so much easier. You may know the foil method from Math class, but to the lacquer world the foil method is a godsend for that glitter bomb manicure.
You will need:
Nail Polish Remover – I prefer using acetone for glitter manicures
Cotton balls, rounds or squares
1. Saturate the cotton with polish remover and place over each nail.
2. Keep the cotton in place by wrapping each finger with the foil strip.
3. Leave on for 10 minutes.
4. Slide it off your nails and clean up any residue.
Doing the Foil Method causes dryness, so make sure to moisturize afterwards!
All images © 2013 Ann Itoralba
Written by: Ann Itoralba
Complete the look by having some glittery eye shadow go with your glittery nails. We have the DIY article here!