Makeup Monday: How To (Properly) Apply Glitter Nail Polish

❤ By Hannah Blu

We can’t help but go gaga for glitter, especially when it comes to nail polish. But the messy, time-consuming process of applying (and removing) glitter lacquer often deters us from rocking the blinged-out shades we love. It’s downright exhausting having to meticulously maneuver each glitter particle into place!

With Halloween and the holiday season approaching, we needed a solution, stat. So when we learned about this amazing manicurist hack, we just had to share it! The trick is to apply glitter polish with a sponge rather than the included brush. The sponge soaks up excess polish, resulting in a perfectly opaque glitter layer. Follow these easy steps for swoon-worthy sparkly nails!


What You’ll Need: 

  • A smoothing base coat
  • A peel-off nail polish barrier (we used Kiesque Liquid Palisade, but any brand of liquid latex will do)
  • A triangle makeup sponge
  • Glitter nail polish (we used Deborah Lippmann “Happy Birthday”)
  • A high-shine, quick-dry top coat


What You’ll Do: 


Step 1: Apply a layer of base coat. This gives the glitter something to adhere to, upping the longevity of your mani.


Step 2: Apply a peel-off nail polish barrier to the surrounding cuticle.


Step 3: Paint a generous amount of your favorite glitter nail polish onto the edge of the sponge.


Step 4: Dab the glitter polish onto your nail with the sponge and repeat until you’re satisfied with the coverage.


Step 5: Carefully peel off the nail polish barrier.


Step 6: Apply a generous layer of top coat to smooth out and lock in the glitter.

…And that’s it! You can finally achieve the accent nail of your dreams – life-changing, right?

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