How to: Glitter Nails Tutorial

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I have always admired how lovely ladies like Lauren Conrad could pull off black nail polish so well, because every time I try it, I either look like I’m emotionally disturbed or a biker chick. However, I figured that Halloween was the perfect week to wear black nails without being judged too much by those around me. In an attempt to make black nails a bit more girly, and thus wearable, I experimented with some black glitter in lieu of traditional nail polish. This was the result. Also a result? The glitter that has now found a home in every nook and cranny of my apartment after this manicure. Oh well. No pain, no gain.


Step 1: Pick out your glitter.  I used black in honor of this Halloween week. Next, apply a thick coat of top coat or clear polish to ONE nail.


Step 2: Place your hand on a piece of printer paper or a paper plate. While the clear polish is still wet, sprinkle glitter on the nail until it is completely coated. Wait a minute, then tap your finger onto the paper or plate to shake off the excess glitter. Repeat with all nails. When you are done, simply fold up the paper or the plate and funnel the excess glitter back into the container.


Ta-da! You can apply a top coat if you want. It will certainly make the surface of your nails smoother. However, I found that the top coat took away some of the sparkle of the glitter, so I stopped using the top coat after 2 nails. Once the polish is completely dry, just use a nail file or cuticle stick to scrape off the glitter that made its way to the skin surrounding your nail. I’m not entirely sure how long this manicure will last, but I’ll keep you posted on its durability as the week goes on. The nice thing about this manicure is that it is really simple to do, even if you don’t have a real steady hand.
On a somewhat unrelated note, fellow blogger, Catherine of Small Town, Big Wardrobe, was kind enough to feature me on her blog! Check out her post here.


Have a great Tuesday!

EDIT: You absolutely need a topcoat over the glitter. Otherwise, you will leave a Hanzel/Gretel-like trail of glitter everywhere you go. I had to redo the manicure on Tuesday night because I lost so much glitter without the top coat that my nails were nearly bare within 12 hours. With the topcoat, it’s been 3 days, and the glitter manicure is holding up nicely.


  • Reply
    Sugar and Chiffon
    November 16, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Corinne, I hope you like it! Are you going to use black glitter, too? I’d love to see your finished manicure….post a picture on the Facebook page or tweet me!

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    Corinne Monique
    November 16, 2011 at 3:02 am

    Thank you for this post!! I can’t wait to try it!

    Corinne xo

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    Tina @ Fashion Dynamite
    November 4, 2011 at 3:49 am

    congratulations on Links A La Mode with this great post!!!

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    Katy @ Sugar and Chiffon
    November 3, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Thank you, Liz! I found out about the top coat the hard way…I’m still finding glitter in my apartment!

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    November 3, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Love this!! I do gel glitter manicures all the time- and you MUST do a topcoat unless you want to glitterize everything in your home

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    The Dolls Factory
    November 2, 2011 at 8:20 am

    looks inspired from the vulcano theme of chanel fw2011
    great post
    Always following
    The Dolls Factory

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    October 28, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Thank you, Joyce!

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    October 28, 2011 at 5:13 am

    So sparkly! Love it 🙂

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    October 26, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Thank you, Catherine and Tina! I have finally figured out my costume…I’ve got to admit that it is a little lame, but it takes very little effort and only cost me $6. Pictures next week!

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    Fashion Dynamite
    October 26, 2011 at 4:21 am

    oooh…those are very fabulous! Did you figure out your Halloween costume yet?

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    October 25, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Thanks for the shoutout! 🙂 Black nails rock – they’ve officially moved away from the punk/goth girls. Thank goodness. I did glitter only on my ring finger this week – nice to have a little sparkle. Love the tutorial!

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