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Polka Dots with Glitter!

Polka Dots with Glitter!

City Lights!

City Lights!

This was a requested design for a city design. It’s more of a silhouette, just to keep it simple. *This is being shown upside-down!

1. Start with your background. I’m using Wet n Wild’s Give Me a Price Quote.

2. With black and a small brush, make buildings of different heights.

3. With white and a small dotting tool (or toothpick), make dots for the lights on the buildings. To make it look more realistic, keep the lights close in some spots and spaced out in others.

Add your top coat and you’re done!

I was asked to do a tutorial that could be done on smaller nails, so I made something simple but pretty. Polka dots and glitter!

1. Start with a glittery background. I’m using Wet n Wild’s Cost is No Issue.

2. With black and a dotting tool (or a toothpick or rounded end of a bobby pin), make your dots. Make your dots by starting from the middle of the nail and work your way out.

Add your top coat and you’re done!

After posting the Glitter Mixing Tutorial, I received many questions, such as:

  • How do you apply nail glitter?
  • How do you put it on? Do you put a coat of polish on then sprinkle it on, or do you mix it with a clear polish, or what?

While examining the mass messages, some of which answered their own questions without them even knowing it, I decided to do a tutorial to help out those of you who don’t know how to apply glitter. There are three ways of going about it: Clear coat/Sprinkle, Glitter/Coat mix, and Adhesive.

1. Clear Coat and Sprinkle.

This is the most basic way of applying glitter. It’s fairly simple; paint on a coat of clear polish (or whatever you’d like to use, clear’s easier) to your nail, then sprinkle on your glitter. In this example, I’m using Sally Girl Sparkle Effect Loose Glitter in Lavish Lavender from Sally Beauty.

To sprinkle the glitter on, I’m using a paint brush that I dipped into my jar of glitter (I did NOT SCOOP the glitter out, it’ll make a mess!). To get the glitter to fall on the nail, I held the brush above the nail and tapped the handle of the brush.

Once you’re satisfied with the amount of glitter that’s on your nail, let it dry, then add on your top coat. Finished!

2. Glitter-Polish Mix

This is a way of putting on glitter if you really just get a joy out of painting on glitter (I do, sometimes).

Simply put your glitter with your polish and mix it together. I’m mixing mine on paper, but if you want to make a glitter polish, you can pour the glitter into a bottle of clear polish/topcoat. The glitter I’m using is’s Microglitter in Lemon Grass, but you can use whatever color that makes you happy!

Then paint it on your nail! To paint mine on, I’m using an inexpensive paint brush that I bought from a craft store.

3. Adhesive

This is my preferred way of adding glitter to my nails, mainly because I like to have control of where I want my glitter to go. The adhesive I use to apply my glitter is actually my nail foil glue that came with my order from You can certainly use craft glue (dilute it with a little bit of water so it’s not so thick).

(In actuality, you can do this with clear polish. You just don’t have to wait for it to get tacky.)

With a paintbrush that I cut to make it thin, I paint on my glue in whatever shapes/areas I want. When I’ve let it dry and get tacky, I dust on my glitter and seal it with a top coat. The glitter I’m using is a glitter that I mixed myself (want to learn how to mix glitter? CLICK HERE for the tutorial).

Result? A glittery heart, from me to all of my followers and readers. How sweet, right? :)

My current nails. It’s been a while since I’ve played around with nail foil!

My current nails. It’s been a while since I’ve played around with nail foil!

I was in a craft/hobby store and saw these collections of pretty glassware. It looked like pieces of shiny, highly-reflective glass and I had to paint it. I even took a picture of it to take home with me. Someone had also requested a design with matte polish, so here it is!

1. Start by painting the whole nail a dark brown (China Glaze’s Midtown Magic).

2. With a gold/brown mix (Jesse’s Girl in Riff Raff and Wet n Wild’s The Gold and the Beautiful), make small random shapes on the entire nail.

3. (OPTIONAL) I decided to use some nail foil on some of the pieces (!), so I used Gold Crush. I didn’t want the foil to be perfect, so I applied the foil lightly in a scratchy-like way. Gold glitter works as an alternative!

5. Put your top coat over the whole design.

4. Using a matte top coat (China Glaze’s Matte Magic) and a small brush, paint over some of the gold pieces.

You’re finished!

Mix and Matte — brown with gold pieces in its normal, matte, and foil forms! Inspired by a collection of glassware at a craft store.

Mix and Matte — brown with gold pieces in its normal, matte, and foil forms! Inspired by a collection of glassware at a craft store.

(Check out the rhyme in the title.) I’ve finally gotten around to doing a nail foil tutorial so you can see how they work and how they turn out. For this, I’m going to apply foil to the whole nail, but you can apply it in different sizes and shapes.

*Due to the fact that the foils are HIGHLY reflective, the color of the foil is NOT going to be accurate. It’s very shiny, but bright. Also, I apologize in advance if it seems I’m being ‘wordy’. I’m just trying to be more detailed, which was asked of me.

1. The first thing you want to do is prepare your foil. I cut a piece that’s big enough for the size of my nail. The picture does not seem like it’s fuchsia, but trust me on this one: it’s fuchsia.

This is something I discovered that helps the foil adhere so much better. Flip the foil over, and you’ll notice the tan residue. With a Q-tip or cotton pad with acetone/polish remover, wipe the brown away. This will make the process so much easier because the foil will stick better..

2. You don’t have to have nail polish on your nails to do foil, but I do use a color similar to the foil because it aids in hiding the spots that you may miss. I’m using only one coat of Sally Hansen’s Wild Life.

3. With a thin coat, apply the foil adhesive. The adhesive is runny and milky, with a smell of Elmer’s glue mixed with a hint of a dry-erase marker. The consistency is not of nail varnish, so you don’t need much. When it is first applied, it will look blue and cloudy.

How will you know when the glue is ready? When it dries clear. DO NOT TOUCH THE GLUE, otherwise, it will ruin the smoothness of the foil application. If you want to be on the safe side, I’d wait 3 minutes for it to dry. Don’t wait too long, or the foil won’t stick very well.

4. Take your foil and place it on top of the nail, design-side up. The foil will grab on to it.

In vertical motions, rub the foil down on the nail, starting from the middle of the nail and go out, one side at a time. Some people use orange sticks to rub the foil down, some use Q-tips. I’ve done both, and I like the Q-tip better because it covers more surface area, but the preference is yours.

5. Gently peel off the foil and you’ll end up with something like this:

If you have some spots that didn’t get covered, you can stick the piece of foil back on, rub it down and pull it off. If it doesn’t stick, it means the glue dried up, so you’ll have to put glue in those spots and repeat putting the foil on. However, if you have color underneath the foil, and if the spots are small, they won’t be noticeable so you may leave it as is.

6. Since foils do NOT wear very well, you need to have a top coat on this. I know that there are top coats that are specially made for foil, but you don’t need that. Do NOT use fast-drying or fancy top coats( you can, but it’s not always best). My suggestion is to either use a basic clear polish or get an inexpensive top coat, like Wet n Wild or NYC. I’m using a clear by Sally Hansen.

The key to this is to do it in as few strokes as possible. I make sure to have a good amount on my brush and lightly go down the middle, so that it ‘pours’ down the sides. Then I fill in the little of the sides that didn’t get covered.

Why do I say all of this? As you can see, the foil is going to wrinkle and lose some of its crazy holographic shine. It’s just a chemical reaction between the polish/top coat and the foil. If you follow my directions and let it dry, the reaction will end and the foil will mostly smooth out again (it may not seem like it in the photo below, but in person, it will be smooth!).

That’s how you do it! You can add another coat of clear (you may even use your fast-drying top coat) for added protection if you’d like. You can also either leave it as is OR you can paint designs on of that. The ideas and options are endless!