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Nail Art Tutorial: Winter Glitter Nails

Nail Art Tutorial: Winter Glitter Nails

12.09.14

By James

In the midst of rain, snow, or sleet, may your nails always shine bright! Click through to see this glitter tutorial by Instagram’s @lemmingspolish.

  • Materials needed:

     

    • Fast Drying base and Top Coat (CND Stickey Base Coat and Seche Vite)
    • Clear polish to use for adhereing glitter (NYC Extra Shiny Top Coat)
    • Silver foil or metallic base polish to help hide any holes in the glitter (Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Celeb City)
    • White base color (O.P.I. My Boyfriend Scales Walls)
    • Striping Tape or Scotch tape to help make clean lines a
    • Extra Fine Loose Glitter in varying shades of blue and white or sliver (Martha Stewart Crafts glitters)
    • Clean up brush (E.l.f. Cosmetics Concealer Brush)
    • A couple of pieces of scrap paper to help gather excess glitter to be returned to their containers

     

    SLIDE 1 OF 13
  • Step 1:

    Paint nails with base coat and base color.

    SLIDE 2 OF 13
  • Step 2:

    After base color has dried completely (a layer of a fast-drying top coat will make it go faster), place a piece of striping tape horizontally on the nail where you want your first stripe of glitter to end.

    SLIDE 3 OF 13
  • Step 3:

    Carefully apply clear nail polish to area underneath the striping tape. Try to avoid getting any on the striping tape or too close to the cuticle, so they do not end up flooded with glitter. Shake the glitter over the nail. Be generous; you can always add it back to the container. Firmly press the glitter into the area underneath the striping tape to help with sticking. Next, tap finger on the paper to remove excess glitter and dust off the rest with a clean up brush. If you find that the glitter did not stick everywhere, simply add more clear polish to those areas and repeat the process.

    SLIDE 4 OF 13
  • Step 4:

    Repeat steps 2 and 3 with that same color of glitter on all nails.

    SLIDE 5 OF 13
  • Step 5:

    Repeat the taping higher up, and prepare nails for next color of glitter.

    SLIDE 6 OF 13
  • Step 6:

    Repeat step 3 with second color of glitter.

    SLIDE 7 OF 13
  • Step 7:

    Repeat steps 2 and 3 with second glitter color on all nails.

    SLIDE 8 OF 13
  • Step 8:

    Repeat the same two steps (2 and 3) with third color of glitter on all nails.

    SLIDE 9 OF 13
  • Step 9:

     Repeat steps 2 and 3 with fourth glitter color on all nails.

    SLIDE 10 OF 13
  • Step 10:

    Because the white glitter tends to pick up some of the color that it is placed over, I decided to paint the tips of my nail with a white base color to help with the opacity of the glitter. For the white stripe of glitter, you can even use the white base coat as the sticky surface for the glitter, rather than the clear coat.

    SLIDE 11 OF 13
  • Step 11:

    Repeat step 3 with white glitter. Silver glitter can be used in the place of the white glitter as well and still give your nails a winter look.

    SLIDE 12 OF 13
  • Step 12:

    Clean up. Rinse hands with warm water. Add a layer of top coat (or two -- until glitter smooths out). Usually a layer of base coat will help because it is designed to smooth, and you're done! You could make it your own by adding a couple of snowflakes or even snowmen. You could also do any color palette imaginable, I've done these before with the colors of the rainbow and they turned out great.

    [Courtesy of Imani Morgan]

    SLIDE 13 OF 13
  • Materials needed:

     

    • Fast Drying base and Top Coat (CND Stickey Base Coat and Seche Vite)
    • Clear polish to use for adhereing glitter (NYC Extra Shiny Top Coat)
    • Silver foil or metallic base polish to help hide any holes in the glitter (Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Celeb City)
    • White base color (O.P.I. My Boyfriend Scales Walls)
    • Striping Tape or Scotch tape to help make clean lines a
    • Extra Fine Loose Glitter in varying shades of blue and white or sliver (Martha Stewart Crafts glitters)
    • Clean up brush (E.l.f. Cosmetics Concealer Brush)
    • A couple of pieces of scrap paper to help gather excess glitter to be returned to their containers

     

  • Step 1:

    Paint nails with base coat and base color.

  • Step 2:

    After base color has dried completely (a layer of a fast-drying top coat will make it go faster), place a piece of striping tape horizontally on the nail where you want your first stripe of glitter to end.

  • Step 3:

    Carefully apply clear nail polish to area underneath the striping tape. Try to avoid getting any on the striping tape or too close to the cuticle, so they do not end up flooded with glitter. Shake the glitter over the nail. Be generous; you can always add it back to the container. Firmly press the glitter into the area underneath the striping tape to help with sticking. Next, tap finger on the paper to remove excess glitter and dust off the rest with a clean up brush. If you find that the glitter did not stick everywhere, simply add more clear polish to those areas and repeat the process.

  • Step 4:

    Repeat steps 2 and 3 with that same color of glitter on all nails.

  • Step 5:

    Repeat the taping higher up, and prepare nails for next color of glitter.

  • Step 6:

    Repeat step 3 with second color of glitter.

  • Step 7:

    Repeat steps 2 and 3 with second glitter color on all nails.

  • Step 8:

    Repeat the same two steps (2 and 3) with third color of glitter on all nails.

  • Step 9:

     Repeat steps 2 and 3 with fourth glitter color on all nails.

  • Step 10:

    Because the white glitter tends to pick up some of the color that it is placed over, I decided to paint the tips of my nail with a white base color to help with the opacity of the glitter. For the white stripe of glitter, you can even use the white base coat as the sticky surface for the glitter, rather than the clear coat.

  • Step 11:

    Repeat step 3 with white glitter. Silver glitter can be used in the place of the white glitter as well and still give your nails a winter look.

  • Step 12:

    Clean up. Rinse hands with warm water. Add a layer of top coat (or two -- until glitter smooths out). Usually a layer of base coat will help because it is designed to smooth, and you're done! You could make it your own by adding a couple of snowflakes or even snowmen. You could also do any color palette imaginable, I've done these before with the colors of the rainbow and they turned out great.

    [Courtesy of Imani Morgan]

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