Polished: The Glitter Manicure


Let’s be honest, some of the manicures out there are a little labor intensive. (You know this if you’ve ever searched for “nails” on Pinterest.) Rather than showing you how to recreate The Starry Night on your pinky nail, I thought I would share one of my favorite, less demanding manicures. Ladies, put away your tiny paintbrushes because for this manicure, we forgo nail polish all together. All you need is a base coat, fine-grain glitter and a topcoat. So without further ado, I give you the glitter manicure in three simple steps:


Step 1: Apply a base coat to one hand.
Step 2: Before that hand has a chance to dry, dip each finger in a fine glitter (which you can get at any art supplies store). Repeat on the other hand.
Step 3: Apply two top coat layers. (the second layer is to give you a smoother surface.)

Tip: Once your nails are dry, you can use clear tape to remove stray glitter around your cuticles.

For more manicure how-to’s shop my book, Lauren Conrad Beauty. And if you’re just dying to break out your tiny paintbrush, check out my floral manicure.

What manicure will you be wearing this weekend?

XO Lauren

Photo: Lauren Conrad Beauty
Categories: Nails
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  • Ana Lucas

    This is a really cute idea and seems super easy to do. Maybe for the removal you can try to use the gel manicure removal technique? Leaving on nail polish remover on your nail for a few minutes and then peeling it off?

  • LaurenConrad.com

    Oh yes! That would work well. But you wouldn’t have to leave the nail polish remover on for too too long. Wouldn’t want it to try out your cuticles and weaken your nails!

  • Maya Miteva

    great and fun nail polish Lauren. Will try i guess next time as i just did my nails today! For this weekend i opted for a clean feminine pale pink.

  • Angie Hogge

    This looks pretty and seems easy to do. I have been wearing OPI’s Skyfall with their topcoat called Man With the Golden Gun. It has real gold leaf in it and although it’s pretty subtle, it’s easy to remove (unlike a lot of glittery polish). I need to pick out some pretty spring colors now!

  • Ashley McDougall

    I love this idea. The texture is so cool too.

  • Kelly

    Love the idea, but I am worried that I will be finding glitter *everywhere* for weeks lol! I don’t have much luck using loose glitter…! :p

  • Kelly

    P.S. right now I am wearing E.L.F. Purple Pleaser and E.L.F.’s gold color (not sure of the name) all nails are half and half either straight across or diagnally (and opposite on each hand), besides the rings fingers which I did polkadots on! So if it lasts until the weekend I’ll be happy, if not I’m giving my nails a break this weekend and just going with a mani/clear nail polish!

  • Ruth Gurgul

    such a good idea, but if you dont want time or mess any Barry M glitter nail varnishes are really good! I advise i top coat to stop it from chipping!

  • Miri

    Such a cute idea!


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