By Kathryn M. D’Imperio

There’s so much more to nail art than nail polish alone. From glitter nail designs to nail decals, nail gemstones, and Fimo nail art, you can create countless colorful and unique manicures and pedicures all year long. You can add rhinestones, pearls, and other adornments for your nails using nail glue or sometimes just applying them before the nail polish dries and sealing with a topcoat. This article focuses on loose nail glitter for manicures and pedicures.

Sunrise Glitter Nail ArtGlitter nails are easy to achieve with the normal nail supplies (nail polish and nail polish remover for touchups) plus a small jar or container of your desired loose glitter product. You can find cool nail art glitter in stores offering beauty supplies, or you can use almost any kind of cosmetic glitter you can find. You can also use sparkly rhinestones to make glittery nail designs.

To create your own glitter nail manicures and pedicures, consider these tips and tricks.

Pink and Orange Glitter Nails
Glitter Nail Tips Using Loose Glitter
Pink and Orange Nail GlitterGlitter nail art can be just about anything you want it to be, from a simple solid colored manicure with a glitter topcoat to individual glitter nail art designs – tiny painted designs with glittery colored nail polish. Often the amount of experience you have with nail art can help to determine which styles of glitter nail art you paint or create.

To create a basic glitter manicure or pedicure, follow these steps:

Sparkly Pink Orange Manicure1.    Paint two coats of your desired basecoat. If you plan to use a light colored nail glitter, use a dark color of nail polish to add contrast, and vice versa for dark colored nail art glitter.
2.    Once nails are dry, paint one more color of desired base coat. Do not wait for it to dry.
3.    Gently sprinkle nail art glitter on top of each nail as you finish painting it with this third coat. You can apply the nail glitter to the entire nail or you can apply it just to the tip of the nail for glitter nail tips.
4.    Once this coat dries, apply a clear topcoat to seal and protect your glitter nails.

Tips for Glitter Acrylic Nails
If you would like to get glitter acrylic nails done, you can visit your local salon for a wide selection of professional glitter nail styles. If you are more of a do-it-yourselfer, you can find countless cool nail art supplies online to buy, including glitter acrylic nail powder, acrylic liquid, acrylic nail brushes, and everything you would need to create your own glitter nail art.


You can also create glitter acrylic nail designs using the acrylic powder, acrylic liquid, brushes, and acrylic nail art molds. With this method, you would create the acrylic nail art shapes and then apply them to your nails for a special and unique glitter manicure or pedicure. You can find the 3D nail art molds at a reasonable price on eBay if you are interested in trying this method yourself, but don’t forget to order the powder, the liquid, the brushes, and of course, the 3D nail art molds.

The more you practice your nail art, manicures, and pedicures, the more comfortable you will become with new and exciting nail art styles and techniques. Don’t be afraid to try something new – you can always remove what you create if you don’t like it. Besides, starting a new manicure or pedicure is half the fun!