Recently I’ve been scouring Pinterest for nail art ideas… SIMPLE ideas, I’m no artist at all! I came across a few photos that showed glitter on nails by using a paint or make-up brush. Now, when I clicked on the photos to see the tutorial, there was not one. I found like 4 different photos of this same thing with no link to a blog or tutorial to show it in detail, bummer!
I find this interesting… of course there are glittered polishes but I thought I’d like to try this with a brush. I have a wide range of colors of fine glitters so if this looks good, it really will open up some options for me with my polishes!
So we are going to learn together and see if this works.
The supplies I started with were…
- base coat
- top coat
- color polish (I’m using a very VERY dark purple that looks almost black)
- glitter (I chose white as an offset to the dark polish)
- nail polish remover
First I started with freshly manicured nails and painted a base coat, followed by one coat of color polish. This color has such great coverage there was no need for a second coat – if your color is a bit sheer you will want to apply a second coat.
(I went outside to take a photo of this color – Padma – to see if you can see the actual purple in the color… but it still looks black in the photo)
Next, polish the nails with a coat of the top coat – but do each nail one at a time. Take the glitter and pour out a pile on a scrap of paper so you can use it easily. Use a brush to dab in the glitter and dab on the nail in the wet top coat.
This is hard to show on camera, but there is a video at the end of this post where I showed it on video on YouTube.
The photos I saw on Pinterest (which of course I can’t seem to find anymore, but it’s in my head!), the glitter was more concentrated towards the tip of the nail so that is what I attempted to do as well as I dabbed the glitter on my nails.
Lastly, put a final top coat on the nails. Julep’s Freedom Polymer Top Coat is by far my favorite… I’m almost to the bottom of the bottle and that will be the first time I’ve completely used up a nail polish before it dried up.
And that’s pretty much it! Depending on how thickly you dabbed the glitter on, you may need a second coat of the top coat to seal it all in.
I can see this done for a wedding or maybe prom – very pretty and elegant, but simple, especially if you use a lighter base coat like a champagne or gold and then use a pale glitter.
Here is the video – it is much easier to see the process in the video…
I hope this gives you all some ideas!