How to Apply Glitter Nail Polish: A Step-by-Step Guide to Flawlessly Apply Glitter Nail Polish

July 07, 2023 7 min read

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Are you ready to unleash your inner shimmer and add a touch of enchantment to your manicure?

There's no denying the allure of glitter nail polish. With its captivating sparkle and eye-catching brilliance, it's no wonder that this dazzling trend has taken the world of nail art by storm. However, achieving the perfect application of glitter nail polish can sometimes feel like chasing a shooting star.

Fear not! In this article, we will guide you through the magical realm of glittery nails, showing you how to apply glitter nail polish like a pro. Whether you're a seasoned nail enthusiast or a beginner eager to dive into the world of shimmer, we've got you covered.

So, if you've ever wondered how to properly apply glitter nail polish, you can satisfy your curiosity by reading our comprehensive guide!

Prepping Your Nails

Before we dive into the captivating world of glittery manicures, it's essential to prepare your nails like a true nail artist. Just as a painter primes their canvas, prepping your nails sets the stage for a flawless glitter nail polish application. So, let's get your nails in prime shape!

Clean and shape your nails

Start by giving your nails some tender love and care. Remove any remnants of your previous manicure using a gentle nail polish remover. Trim and shape your nails to your desired length, whether it's chic and short or long and glamorous. Remember, the foundation of a stunning manicure begins with well-groomed nails.

Apply a base coat for better adherence

The secret to a long-lasting glittery manicure lies in the power of a quality base coat. Applying a base coat not only protects your nails from staining but also creates a smooth surface for the glitter polish to adhere to. Choose a base coat specifically designed to strengthen and fortify your nails, providing a solid foundation for your glittery masterpiece -- just like our All About the Base base coat.

Now that your nails are clean, shaped, and primed, they're ready to embrace the magic of glitter. Prepping your nails ensures that your glitter nail polish will shine bright and stay put for an extended period, allowing you to enjoy your dazzling manicure with confidence.

Choosing the Right Glitter Nail Polish

In the world of glitter nail polish, the possibilities are as vast as a starlit sky. But with countless shades, sizes, and finishes to choose from, finding the perfect glitter polish can feel like searching for a diamond in the rough. Fortunately, we are here to guide you through the galaxy of options and help you select the perfect glitter nail polish for your style.

Consider the size and type of glitter

When it comes to glitter nail polish, the size and type of glitter particles make all the difference. Fine, delicate glitters provide a subtle twinkle, perfect for adding a touch of elegance to any occasion. 

On the other hand, larger glitters create a bold, statement-making effect that is sure to turn heads. Take a moment to envision the look you desire—subtle and sophisticated or bold and dazzling—and choose the size of glitter accordingly.

Select colors that complement your style

Glitter nail polishes come in a kaleidoscope of colors, from classic golds and silvers to vibrant hues and even multicolored confetti-like mixes, like our vibrant Patry in a Bottle. Consider your personal style and the occasion for which you're creating your manicure. 

Are you aiming for a timeless and versatile shade, or do you want to experiment with a bold and playful burst of color? Choose a color that resonates with your mood, matches your outfit, or simply sparks joy.

See our collection of glitter nail polishes by clicking here.

Opt for high-quality brands for a longer-lasting effect

Investing in high-quality glitter nail polish is a surefire way to ensure a manicure that stands the test of time. Quality glitter polishes tend to have better glitter distribution, smoother application, and improved longevity. While it may be tempting to opt for cheaper alternatives, remember that quality products often yield superior results.

By considering the size and type of glitter, selecting colors that resonate with your style, and opting for high-quality brands that take care of the shine as much as the condition of your nails (just like ella+mila does), you're on your way to achieving a dazzling glitter nail polish look that speaks volumes about your unique personality.


Applying Glitter Nail Polish

Get ready to add a touch of enchantment to your nails as we delve into the realm of applying glitter nail polish. With a few expert techniques up your sleeve, you'll be creating dazzling manicures that make heads turn. So, let's dive into the magic and make those nails sparkle!

Apply a thin layer of glitter polish

How to apply glitter nail polish evenly? Here's the secret to achieving a stunning, multidimensional glitter effect: less is more. Start by applying a thin layer of glitter nail polish to your nails. The goal is to create a solid base of glitter particles while still allowing your natural nail color to peek through. Gently brush the polish onto each nail, starting from the base and working your way to the tip, ensuring an even application.

Build up layers for a more intense effect

If you desire a more intense and captivating glitter look, don't be afraid to layer it up. Allow the first coat to dry completely, then apply additional thin layers of glitter polish until you achieve your desired level of sparkle. Layering also helps to enhance the depth and brilliance of the glitter, creating a truly mesmerizing manicure.

Use a toothpick or small brush for precision

When it comes to intricate designs or precise placement of glitter, a toothpick or a small brush can be your secret weapon. Dip the toothpick or brush into the glitter polish and carefully apply it where you want to add extra sparkles or create unique patterns. This technique allows you to unleash your creativity and achieve stunning nail art that truly reflects your individual style.

As you master the art of applying glitter nail polish, remember to be patient and let each layer dry completely before adding the next. This ensures a smooth and flawless finish.

Maintaining Your Glitter Manicure

Congratulations! You've achieved a dazzling glitter manicure that's sure to turn heads and make a lasting impression. Now, let's ensure that your sparkling masterpiece remains flawless and radiant for as long as possible. With a little TLC and these simple maintenance tips, your glitter nails will continue to shine like stars in the night sky.

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Avoid activities that may cause chipping

Glitter nail polish, while mesmerizing, can be more prone to chipping compared to regular nail polish. To prolong the life of your manicure, try to avoid activities that may cause unnecessary stress on your nails. This includes tasks like heavy-duty cleaning, typing aggressively, or opening packages without using proper tools. By being mindful of your activities, you'll help maintain the integrity of your glittery nails.

Apply a fresh layer of top coat every few days

Just like with a knight protecting a treasure, a fresh layer of top coat acts as a shield for your glitter nails. Every few days, apply a thin coat of high-quality top coat to seal and protect your manicure. This not only enhances the longevity of the glitter polish but also revives its sparkle and shine, keeping your nails looking dazzling and pristine.

Use cuticle oil to keep nails and surrounding skin moisturized

Glitter nail polish can sometimes be a bit drying to your nails and cuticles. Combat this by regularly moisturizing them with our special Oil Me Up cuticle oil that will steal your heart with its heavenly lavender fragrance. 

Gently massage a few drops of cuticle oil onto your nails and surrounding skin to keep them hydrated and nourished. This not only helps maintain the health of your nails but also adds a natural luster that enhances the overall beauty of your glitter manicure.

By following these maintenance practices, you'll be able to extend the lifespan of your glittery nails and enjoy their mesmerizing allure for an extended period. So go ahead, flaunt your captivating manicure with confidence, and let your nails steal the spotlight!

Removing Glitter Nail Polish

Removing glitter nail polish can be a bit more challenging than in the case of regular polish, but we have some clever techniques to make the process easier and gentler on your nails.

Soak nails in polish removal

Drench a cotton ball or cotton pad with soy-based nail polish remover. Begin by gently wiping each nail, ensuring that the remover has a chance to soak into the polish for a minimum of 20-30 seconds. 

Continue wiping each nail until every trace of polish is fully eliminated. It's crucial to ensure that the nail bed is clean and completely dry before applying a fresh coat of polish.

Moisturize nails and cuticles after removal

Glitter polish removal, although necessary, can be slightly drying to your nails and cuticles. To replenish moisture and restore hydration, generously apply a nourishing cuticle oil or a hydrating hand cream. Massage the oil or cream into your nails and cuticles to help restore their natural moisture balance and keep them looking healthy and vibrant.

Unleash Your Inner Glam

The world of glitter nail polish is a captivating realm where creativity knows no bounds. By following the steps we've outlined, from prepping your nails to choosing the perfect glitter polish and mastering the application and maintenance techniques, you can achieve breathtaking manicures that shimmer and shine.

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