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?