Natural Beauty: DIY Glitter Nails

April 23, 2014

Nails fit for a fairy…

Arguably, glitter is always in season, but I think Spring is an excellent time to flaunt your glitter love with these sweet, easy DIY Glitter Nails.  Adding glitter spices up any classic pastel mani—perfect for the first outdoor party of the season. Using loose glitter gives each nail a different, organic look.  Admittedly, it can be a bit messy, but you actually have more control using a brush dipped in loose glitter than you do you using a glitter polish.  Plus, as long it’s anywhere on your nail, it’s hard for glitter to look “wrong.”

You’ll Need:


polish of your choice


loose glitter

eyeshadow brush

paper towel

a twinkle in your eye…just kidding. Don’t get glitter in your eyes 🙂


1.  Set up nail station by placing a paper towel under your tools (this will make clean up later much easier). Apply a base-coat and two coats of color.  I used “Erica” by Zoya, a lovely 5-free nail polish. (Learn more about non-toxic nail polish and read my review of Zoya here.)


Step 2: Pat loose glitter on wet nails.

2.  While your nails are still wet, dip a small eyeshadow brush in a pot of loose glitter. Tap off excess. Gently dab around the “crescent moon” of your nail.  Add more if necessary.  Don’t worry if you get a lot on your skin—it’s part of the process.

3.   Allow your nail polish to dry for a few minutes then gently wipe away the excess glitter from your skin with a damp cloth.  Apply a thick layer of topcoat and let dry.  Voila! Easier than it may look 🙂


No nail is exactly the same, but each one is perfectly festive.

4.  Wipe any glitter off your tools (eyeshadow brush may be washed in warm, soapy water). Carefully carry your glitter-laden paper towel to the trash and dispose. Stress-free cleanup!


I especially love this glitter mani when the weather is sunny–you’ll see what I mean when you step outside 😉

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Photos: Mary Hood

Peaceful Dumpling Beauty Editor and creator of Bisou du Jour, Mary Hood Luttrell lives with her husband in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mary is a freelance writer and writing and blogging consultant. A lover of whole foods, Mary delights in learning new ways to prepare vegan dishes. Mary also enjoys reading and writing poetry, art journaling, running, and practicing yoga and ballet. Follow Mary on her blog Bisou du Jour, Instagram and Pinterest.


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