DIY Glitter Nail Mani

I’ve been obsessing over all of the nail designs on Pinterest lately, so I decided to try some out! Here is my Glitter Mani I did myself. It’s A LOT easier than you may think!

For this manicure what you will need is:

  • 2 different nail colors (your choice) I used Sally Hanson #113 in Sand Storm and Sally Hanson Gem Crush #06 Razzle Dazzle
  • Q-tips and Cotton balls
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Tape

Time estimate: 1.5 hours

First what you will want to do is clean off any old nail polish so you are starting off with a clean slate.


Then take what ever color you are using for your base coat and paint one hand. I suggest painting your dominant hand first. This will make it easier to finish off the manicure.

Since this nail polish was quick drying, it only took about 5 minuets for my nails to dry. I suggest doing two thin coats to give you even coverage and also to ensure your nails won’t be tacky.

I waited about an hour in between coats. My nails were dry, but I wanted to make sure that they were completely dry before I added my top coat.


Next you are going to take the tape and cut it into 10 strips, one for each nail and long enough that it covers the whole nail. You will need to stick the tape on the back of your hand to make the tape less sticky. If you don’t do this, you will peel off the base coat. You will want to tape all of your nails first. This will make it easier as you paint them.

20140219_144341I decided to do my nails in a simple stripe pattern, so I taped my nails like so-

Next, apply your top coat. I wanted something with a little pizzazz, so I chose a nail polish with sparkles, because let’s be honest, who doesn’t love sparkles?! Don’t worry about it being messy, it’ll look great once you take the tape off.



I waited another 30 minuets for the top coat to dry before I peeled off the tape. I found it easiest to pull the tape straight up an off, that way it won’t accidentally peel off any nail polish. Take the Q-tips and clean up any nail polish that may have gotten around your nails and then you will be all set to rock out your new awesome manicure!

This is my finished product. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out! I’ve gotten lots of compliments and people asking me where I got my nails done. They’re all surprised when I tell them I did it myself, and they’re even more surprised when I tell them how easy it was!


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