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7 Ways to Add Glitter to Nails ...

By Lisa

Are you bored with your current nail polish and looking for ways to add glitter to nails? There’s something about glitter that makes us feel happy and extra girly! And if you love the sparkly substance but you’re not into wearing glitter in your makeup or clothes, polish is the perfect way to go so take a look at some excellent ways to add glitter to nails!

Table of contents:

  1. Glitter top coat
  2. Glitter gradient
  3. Reverse glitter ombre
  4. Glitter accent nails
  5. Glitter french tip
  6. Diagonal glitter nails
  7. Diy

1 Glitter Top Coat

Wearing glitter as a top coat over your favorite solid color is a really fun and festive look. This is one of the easiest ways to add glitter to nails. You can jazz them up for an evening out or just add some sparkle to your look! I like to add a glitter top coat to my nails after I’ve worn the polish for a bit and I need to touch it up but don’t have the time. Glitter can easily camouflage a not-so-perfect mani or a few chips!

2 Glitter Gradient

Gradient nails are one of my favorite ways to do nails because they’re subtle yet they look so pretty and feminine! To do your own gradient nails, all you need are a glitter polish, solid base color, tip color and top coat. There are many variants to this method and you can use a makeup sponge and use more than one color but this is the simplest way. For a picture tutorial, go here

3 Reverse Glitter Ombre

A similar yet unique way to achieve this glitter gradient look is to do reverse glitter ombre nails. This way to add glitter to nails is to use the same techniques as the gradient nail but you apply the glitter at the bottom of the nail and not at the top. Simple is better with this technique so one solid base color and your favorite glitter will suffice!

4 Glitter Accent Nails

Doing glitter nails doesn’t have to be hard. Accent nails are a fun and easy peasy way to add some sparkle to your everyday look! Pick whatever nails or nails you want to be your accent nail, some people like to do the index and ring finger but you can choose wherever you want. Paint your nails a solid color then paint a glitter top coat or use an opaque glitter polish on the accent nails, add a top coat and you’re done!

5 Glitter French Tip

French tip nails are very ladylike but if you want to amp up the glitz and glam, try some glitter on those tips! This way to add glitter to nails is very easy to do, even for shaky hands! Grab a base color, a glitter polish and tip guides or tape. Apply the tip guide or tape on your nail to create a straight line at the top of your nail, apply glitter polish, remove the tape and apply the solid base coat. You can also do the glitter tip after the base coat; just make sure you take off some of the glue on the tape so it doesn’t remove the base color after you remove it.

6 Diagonal Glitter Nails

Get creative doing your glitter nails and try making some fun shapes on your nails! Diagonal nails are simple and don’t require having to acquire any extra tools. You can leave your nails bare or use a solid color as the base. Then, tape off a diagonal section on your nail, paint the space with glitter polish and carefully remove the tape and apply a top coat. You can remove some of the glue on the tape by sticking it off and on your hand a few times. This will help prevent your base color from peeling off during the process.


What better way to add glitter to nails than to make your very own nail polish?! There are lots of DIY tutorials online on how to make your own polish but the easiest way is to add glitter to clear polish. All you have to do is buy some glitter, funnel it into your clear polish, mix it with a toothpick and voila! You can also add different colors and types of glitter to a glitter polish you already own!

There are lots of ways to add glitter to nails and I’m sure you can think of some pretty awesome ideas of your own! Glitter is so much fun to wear and you can use glitter polish for so many other things like decorating bobby pins or using it to jazz up your keys! What’s your favorite way to wear glitter polish?

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