It’s the holidays, and you want a glitter mani because #festive. Who doesn’t?! But, if you’re like us, you’ve ditched the idea regularly because a) one coat of glitter polish yields barely any sparkle and to get full-on disco-ball nails you need like, 13 coats, or b) it’s impossible and maddening to fish for the glitter chunks with the polish wand, and c) the only way to remove it is to lose your mind scrubbing the glitter pieces with acetone, or by peeling it off along with the top several layers of your nail (ouch).
Raise your hand if you’re ready for stress-free glitter nails. The two supplies you’ll need besides your regular base coat, top coat, and glitter polish are these makeup sponge wedges and a bottle of Elmer’s glue.
Once your nails are prepped, apply a thin layer of Elmer’s glue to your nail. Keep it thin! You don’t want chunky glue under your chunky glitter, as that will spell flaking-off disaster. To apply the glue, you can use an old polish brush (cleaned, of course!), an eyeshadow brush or one of those previously mentioned makeup wedge sponges.
Next comes the base coat, whatever your fave is.
Then grab a makeup sponge wedge and the glitter polish. This is where the magic really starts. Wipe the loaded polish wand on the tip of the sponge. You can do this several times to get a good amount of glitter going, then simply dab the sponge onto your nail.
The glitter will be opaque with no clear spots showing through!
If you get polish outside of the nailbed (use the corner edges of the sponge to try to avoid this, or get a fancy latex barrier for the nail perimeter for easy clean-up), simply touch up with a Q-Tip and acetone before it dries completely. If it does dry completely, no worries, the glitter should flake off the skin pretty easily.
Finish with your favorite quick-dry top coat (an awesome drugstore pick is NYC Grand Central Station – only $1.89!) and you’re done!
Rock those nails all over town this holiday, and when ready for a new color, simply peel the glitter off a-la your elementary school days when you peeled glue off the back of your hand (without destroying your nail).