There is just something about that glitz on your fingertips that puts a smile on your face. Going to a party? Going to the beach? Binge eating mochi on your couch while watching Will & Grace until you feel better about the world? Glitter nails are a hit for every occasion!
Getting the looks in this gallery may require some special tools and techniques. You need a base coat (clear), polish in the base and glitter colors you like, glitter powder (optional, but recommended if you like the textured glitter look), a top coat, a small brush (to clean polish off skin around the nail), nail striping tape (if you’re doing traditional or reverse French or nail art with hard lines) and polish remover to clean up messy edges.
If you like the ombre trend, you can layer on your glitter freehand or use a makeup sponge to apply each coat. If you like the precision nail art or French tips, invest in some nail striping tape. It will give you a crisp line wherever you want it, and the special adhesive won’t mess up the layers of polish underneath. If you’re doing a full nail you can just paint with a clear base coat, then roll the nail in the glitter while the polish is still wet. If you want more of a dusting than full coverage, you can sprinkle it onto wet polish instead. You can use your nail tape to get precision lines with this technique as well.
You know the other amazing thing about glitter polish? It doesn’t chip like regular polish does. That’s right. It’s shiny and its invincible.
Shimmery Acid Effect Pink Glitter Nails
Do you love pink nails? Do you love glitter? Do you love the 80’s? Then there are the nails for you. The neon pink color has glitter in different shapes and sizes throughout. It creates a cool acid-like effect and also shimmers and shines.
Iridescent Long Chrome Glitter Nails
The combination of iridescent chrome color with a glittery finish is a unique nail polish idea that’s bold and beautiful. This color would be awesome on long or short nails, and it’s actually pretty simple. The polish does all the work. It’s a dark chrome polish with an opalescent finish and micro glitter to make it sparkle as well as shine.
Classy Pink Polish With Textured Glitter Accent
OMG, we are in love with this cute easy nail design. This is the best neutral glitter nail design – totally appropriate for work and play. The base color is a creamy, semi-sheer baby pink. The ring finger accent nail is finished with an expertly color-matched textured glitter (probably from a glitter powder).
Neutral Ombre Glitter Nails and Pearl Accents
You’ve probably noticed that the neutral blush pink is a popular base color for some of these glitter tip nails. It lets the glitter do the talking. This manicure has some nails painted in full glitter, and some are done with ombre tips. The pinkie fingers have 3-D pearl nail art.
Electric Blue Glitter Nails With Silver
Oh, this manicure is so glossy and the blue/silver combo on the ombre nails is gorgeous! The base color is a cobalt blue with a hint of shimmer. The thick glitter is blue-to-silver ombre on most of the nails, with a cool triangle accent and diamond nail art on one nail of each hand.
Jelly Pink and Silver Glitter Nail Design
If a modern-day Disney princess got a manicure, this would probably be it. A super light shade of blush pink is used as the base color. There is a ring finger accent nail that’s full force silver glitter. On the other fingers, unexpected a-symmetrical tip art with the glitter. The effect is modern and classy while still being a little playful.
Shockingly Sparkly Prismatic Long Nail Design
This manicure means business. We’ve got long nails with full coats of iridescent glitter on every finger. But don’t stop there. A matching iridescent tone faceted gem is placed at the base of each nail. Serious bling! A manicure like this is a total show stopper.
Perfect Black and Gold Manicure
This manicure is what we need right now. Hands down, these are the best black glitter nails around. That shiny black base color is slick as heck, The textured gold foil glitter accent nail is gorgeous, and the gold sequins and beads on the second accent nail are just right. Nailed it!
Beige Nails With Chunk Glitter and Gold Tips
Layers upon layers of glitter! So fabulous. Layer one is a super light peachy pink creme hue. Layer two is a subtle gold micro-glitter ombre from tips to mid-nail. Layer three is the serious glitter. Thick multicolored pieces of glitz in ombre concentrated at the top of the nail so a bit of the gold peeks through.
Green With Envy Long Glittery Nails
These nails are totally boss. The stiletto shape is ridiculous glam all on its own, but add in the deep dark shade of green glitter that shines up and it is over the top in all the right ways. Channel your inner Elphaba with this long glittery mani.
White Wedding Nails With Silver Glittery Shimmer
Getting married? Congrats! We just found your manicure. These white glittery nails shimmer like the snow. There is really no color in this manicure. The base polish is flat white, and the glitter is silvery white, so the manicure is truly neutral. The glitter powder just makes it shine so beautifully. Perfect for a pretty white wedding dress!
Bold Multi-colored Fiesta Glitter Ombre Nails
It’s a party at your fingertips! The base color is baby pink with a hint of shimmer. Then comes the cute ombre glitter tips that are just rocking out and doing their thing. This glitter polish has big and small flecks, multiple colors, and multiple shapes. Make sure to use a good top coat to keep the glitter pieces from snagging on fabric.
Alternating Maroon and Pink Glittery Nails
This is a nail polish idea you could easily pull off at home. The thumb, index, and ring fingers are painted with a pretty deep maroon color. The pinky and middle fingers are painted with a rosy glitter polish, and the middle finger has a second layer of iridescent hexagonal glitter polish as a top coat. Simple!
Vibrant Green Iridescent Sparkly Nails
If you’re one of those ladies who likes to try bold different nail designs then this is a fun challenge! The base color is a bright green. Glitter powder with an iridescent finish creates a prism of colors, and the effect is totally unique. It’s a creative manicure that could really set off a look for a special event…or just to wear for fun!
Nude, White and Gold Glitter Nail Art
It’s not quite subtle, but not quite bold. This look is perfect for the nail addict that wants the best of both worlds. A fleshy nude creme color is the base. Then there is a bright white glitter nail design and a couple of golden nude accent nails. The eclectic nail designs are a fun riff on neutral polish.
Absolutely Perfect White Glitter Nails
Simple glitter is one of the manicure types that’s easy to do yourself and still gives you all the sparkle and glam you crave. This long nail design uses 2-3 coats of a white gold glitter in a clear base. It’s simple, beautiful, and easy to wear. This color could work just as well on short nails, too!
Ultra Glam Silver Glitter Nails
The almond nail shape and bright, glitzy glitter make this manicure worthy of a diva. There is a clear or nude polish base, topped with sparkly glitter polish in an ombre style that goes almost all the way to the nail base. The polish with larger glitter pieces combined with multiple coats makes this nail polish idea really sparkle.
Nude With Sparkly Glitter Tip Nails
Isn’t this manicure fit for an enchanted evening? You would need long nails to achieve this look. The base is a clear or nude jelly polish. The glitter is multi-shaped in silver with a colorful iridescent finish. Only the tips are painted with glitter. There is a subtle ombre at the smile line so it’s not exactly a “French” style, but its close.
Dangerously Sexy Gold Leaf Designer Nails
These ultra-glam designer nails are no joke. The long, sharp stiletto nail shape with clear tips is unique all by itself. There is a creative micro glitter gold leafing effect along the smile line. It’s super artsy with an imperfect hand-painted pattern, yet its somehow the perfect amount of polish for daringly different nail designs like this one.
Subtly Sexy Beige to Pink Glitter Ombre
Isn’t this manicure intriguing? The ombre effect hoes from micro-glitter silvery beige to micro-glitter pink. The glitter effect is toned down a tiny bit with a matte top coat. The effect is really awesome and unique. If you have a very conservative work environment this would be a great way to get your glitter fix without being too obvious about it.