by Stepha|November 17, 2016
When it comes to holiday nails, there’s simply no such thing as too much sparkle! Amplify your glitter manicure with this quick tutorial.
Step 1: Start with a strong base.
To keep your manicure chip-free and vibrant, you’ll want to start with a base coat. We’re in love with essie First Base Base Coat. Be sure to let this layer dry completely before you reach for the key ingredient.
Step 2: Prepare your makeup sponge.
Choose your favorite glitter polish or even two or three to mix, match and alternate. Our current favorite is Zoya Nail Polish in Maria-Luisa. To really pack that glitter on each nail, you’ll need the glo minerals Finishing Sponge. A disposable beauty wedge also works well in a pinch. With the nail polish brush, paint a thick layer of glitter on the edge of your sponge. If you have small nails, you may need to cut or fold your sponge for extra precision. Once you’ve painted the polish on the sponge, wait for about 30 seconds. This is the key to letting some of the liquid polish absorb so you’re left with a high concentration of glitter.
Step 3: Get glitzy.
Transfer the glitter polish from the sponge to your nails using light dabbing motions. The idea is to slowly build the glitter layer and fill in any gaps until you’re happy with your look. Let the polish dry—this could take a while, but the wait is worth it!
Step 4: Seal the deal.
Grab a top coat, like essie Super Duper Top Coat, and add one coat to your manicure. This is essential for adding instant shine and safeguarding your holiday nails against nicks and chips. Let it dry, and you’re ready to dazzle at your next holiday get-together!
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