Loose Glitter Nail Art Tutorial

Jazz up a regular manicure by embellishing with loose glitter.
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Glitter adds a little bit of sparkle and a lot of pizzazz to a plain manicure. You can dive headfirst into the glitter trend by applying some sparkle to each nail. If you're just looking to get your feet wet, simply bedazzle one nail as an accent. Whichever you choose, be sure to apply the loose glitter over a paper plate to prevent glitter particles from escaping and to ensure an easy cleanup.

  • Paper plate
  • Nail file
  • Nail glue
  • Loose craft glitter
  • Clear top coat

1 Instructions

2 Clean and file your nails

Clean and file your nails. Wash your hands with soap and water to remove any dirt or residue, then file the tips to smooth and round the edges.

3 Apply brush-on nail glue on nail

Apply brush-on nail glue to the area to which you wish to add glitter. Take care to keep the glue from touching your cuticles or skin as it can be difficult to remove.

4 Dunk your nails

Dunk your nails one by one into the bottle of craft glitter and shake off the excess. Repeat until the desired amount of glitter covers each nail.

5 Allow the glitter to set for three to five minutes

Allow the glitter to set for three to five minutes to ensure that the nail glue dries thoroughly.

6 Apply two layers

Apply two layers of clear top coat over each glittered nail to set the particles in place. The top coat will give your manicure a smooth, glossy finish.

  • Glitter is more difficult to remove than regular nail polish. To expedite the removal process, soak your fingers in acetone nail-polish remover for a few seconds before wiping away the glitter with a cotton ball.
  • For a polished matte look, choose small particles of glitter. For a bolder and more 3-D look, choose large glitter particles. It is best to apply glitter one nail at a time to prevent mistakes.

Leigh Shan has been writing about beauty, health, fitness, home and small businesses since 2007. Her work has been published in "The Queens Courier," "Queens Business Today" and "The Real Deal" newspapers, as well as "The World Scholar" magazine. Shan holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Fordham University in New York City.