DIY glitter tipped mani

One DIY that I especially love to do during our monthly photo shoots has to be manicures. It could be because I’m such a fan of switching my polish color on a regular basis, or that I find it pretty fun to try out new trends on my Team LC ladies. While most of us can agree that getting a professional manicure are a great “treat yourself” or special occasion kind of thing, at-home manicures are my favorite way to unwind and have a little me time. So during my latest home spa nail treatment, I decided to break away from my usual monochrome manicure and try out something a little more colorful.

If you’ve been following over the years, you can probably tell that my team and I have a sweet spot for user-friendly nail tutorials. To add to our expanding Nail Files list, let me introduce you to my latest nail obsession: the DIY glitter tipped manicure. I guess you could call this a shimmery spin on the classic French mani, but way more fun. Keep scrolling to see how you can achieve this look right in your own bathroom…

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a base coat
  • nude nail polish
  • glitter nail polish (I used Ariel Gordon’s Candy Crush)
  • a top coat
  • a makeup sponge or paint sponge
  • tape

Here’s how to do it: 

1. Begin by painting your nails with a base coat and a neutral shade, like you would a classic French manicure.

How to create your own glitter tipped mani

2. Tape off each tip of your fingernails so that you get a nice clean line for the glitter nail polish. I left about 1/3 of the nail tape-free.

3. The best way to apply glitter nail polish is with a sponge. That way when you apply the polish to the nail, you’re getting as much glitter as possible. I painted glitter nail polish directly onto the tip of the sponge I was using and then applied it to the nail. It’s amazing how much glitter transfers onto the nail by using this technique.

DIY glitter mani tutorial

How to create your own glitter dipped mani at home

4. Once you’ve painted each nail, be sure to let your glitter polish dry completely before attempting to take the tape off. Gently remove the strips of tape from the nails.

How to create a disco glitter tipped mani at home

5. Once you’ve removed all of the tape, apply a top coat to each nail. Let them dry and you have yourself one cute and colorful manicure!

Simple glitter tipped mani tutorial on

I don’t know why, but this manicure makes me want to celebrate!

If you’re a fan of doing your own nails, be sure to check out these chic and simple tutorials that you can do at home too…

Nail Files: 3 Subtle and Sparkly Manicures
Primp Tip: A New Twist On The French Manicure
Polished: The Glitter Manicure

Will you be trying out this glitter tipped manicure?

Let me know if you do in the comments! 🙂

XO Lauren

Photos: Valorie Darling for