Friday, June 26, 2015

Adding a Glitter Accent to Your Mani

One glitter mani trend that is just as gorgeous to look at as it is easy to create is the accent nail design. You can create any consistent nail art pattern and alter one nail by covering it with glitter. One nail can completely change your look!

What You'll Need:

  • Base polish
  • Nail polish
  • Glitter
  • Bonding Formula
  • Sealing Formula

This one is pretty simple:
  • Start by polishing your nails an even coat with the color of your choice (blue is used in this example).
  • Paint a second coat, and make sure to get the edges of your nails to prevent chipping!
  • Create the chevron look by placing nail tape and painting with your second color.
  • Create your glitter accent nail! We love the use of silver hexagon glitter on this. You can do this one of two ways:
Here's a fun one:
  • Once again, polish those nails!
  • Give your nails a second coat and paint the edges.
  • To create the colorful polka dots, use a dotting tool. Don't have a dotting tool? You can actually use a Q-tip, but your polka dots with be a larger size.
  • Create your glitter accent nail by following the same guidelines as shown above.

The perfect look for an ombre lover:
  • Create an ombre effect by putting the two colors you want on a makeup sponge and blending with a brush.
  • Take the blend on the sponge and apply it to your nails
  • To create the glitter accent design, tape off the sections you don't want the glitter on with nail tape.
  • Apply glitter. We recommend applying glitter directly to the nail with this one!
Still want more? Here a few more glitter accent nail looks we're in love with!

Friday, June 19, 2015

4th Of July Glitter Mani

It's about that time to get those red, white and blue nail polishes out and ready! But why stop with simple polishes when you can use glitters of all shapes and sizes to spice up your patriotic nail art? We've found some amazing 4th Of July nail art inspirations that show how you can utilize your glitters for the upcoming holiday!

What You'll Need For These Looks:

  • Base polish
  • Red, white, and blue nail polishes
  • Glitter
  • Bonding Formula
  • Sealing Formula
  • Orange stick

  • For this Independence Day look you'll want to start with a base of the color of polish you'd like for each individual nail. We see some variations of reds and blues, it works really well!
  • Use nail tape to create clean cute lines needed for the flag accent nail and for the stripes on the blue nail.
  • Create a silver glitter polish or apply the silver glitter directly to the nail.
  • Don't forget to add that star glitter wherever your heart tells you to!

This 4th Of July mani is perfect for any lovers of hexagon glitter! 
  • Follow the same basic steps as above for the polish and glitter powder nails
  • Use your own creative glitter mix by following the instructions here
  • Place white (or any color) hexagon glitter on your blue polished nail by using an orange stick

Don't worry, that's not all! We've got plenty more looks for you to check out and recreate down below! You've got plenty of time to practice any and all looks catch your eye before July 4th arrives. Which nail art design are you dying to try? 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Make Your Own Chevron Glitter Mani

Not sure what to do with your nails this weekend? Well look no further! We're going to show you an easy way to create your very own glitter chevron mani. The best thing about the chevron designs is that it doesn't look like they will be going out of style anytime soon. :)

What Will You Need?

  • Base polish
  • Bonding Formula
  • Sealing Formula
  • Nail polish 
  • Glitter/Glitter polish
  • Orange Stick
  • Nail tape/scotch tape

Start With Glitter

You can apply the glitter to your nails one of two ways: a glitter polish, or directly to the nails. Don't have a glitter polish and want to make your own? Our Gradient Glitter Nails blog post has all the details on making your own glitter polish.

So if you choose the glitter polish the application is pretty self explanatory. Apply a base coat, allow to dry, apply glitter polish. Not too difficult, right?

However, if you want to apply glitter directly to your nails it's gonna take a few more steps:

  1. Apply base coat to prevent discoloration and let dry.
  2. Place hand on heavy piece of card stock to catch excess glitter.
  3. Apply Bonding Formula.
  4. While Bonding Formula is still wet, sprinkle a generous amount of glitter onto your nails. With your finger, push the glitter gently into the bonding coat. Repeat the process until all 5 fingers are complete. Shake excess glitter onto the paper. Using an orange stick, carefully remove excess glitter from around the nail.
  5. If the glitter doesn't stick to a small area, or you desire your glitter color to be darker, repeat step 2 and 3 to the entire nail
  6. Complete the steps above on other hand and let nails dry for 3-5 mintues.
  7. Apply a second layer of Bonding Formula over the top of the glitter. Again, include the front edge.
  8. To save excess glitter, fold the paper in half and let the extra glitter slide into its jar.
  9. Apply Sealing Formula and let dry for 3-5 minutes.
  10. Apply second layer and let dry for 3-5 minutes.
  11. When nails are dry, brush or wash off any excess glitter.

Get Your Chevrons On!

Now that your nails are "glittered" it's time for the fun part! This is when you'll want to pick out whatever color combos your heart could possibly desire!

  1. Apply nail tape (or scotch tape) in a "V" shape as many or as few times as you want.
  2. Paint your nails! 
  3. Remove nail tape from nails
  4. Love your nails!
Pretty simple, huh? Now you and your nails are ready for the weekend!


Friday, June 5, 2015

Glitter Eye DIY's

As glitter nails and makeup continues to grow in trend, we are seeing a lot of glitter eye looks! We're sure you've seen them too. Have you been wondering how you can pull off the glitter eye? Or do you just assume it would be too hard to create the look? We've got some pointers that just might help you out!

Cosmetic Glitter- First things first, you have to make sure you're using cosmetic glitter! Why? Well, why would you want to use glitter that was designed to be put in nail polish or on crafts for your skin? Using the wrong kind of glitter can give you a rash. Yuck!

Now How Do You Apply It?

DO NOT apply your glitter directly to your skin! Applying directly to your skin increases irritation to the skin and the glitter just won't stay put the way you want. 

A very simple and easy way to apply glitter to your eyelids is by mixing your glitter in a creme-based eyeshadow. You can use any color eyeshadow your heart desires! A flesh toned eyeshadow will make your glitter stand out more, but you can always match your glitter color with your eyeshadow for a more subtle sparkle. This is a great way to create your own unique eyeshadow!

Choose Your Eye Glitter Style!

Now's the fun part, deciding what look you want for your eye makeup!

You can completely cover your eyelid for a straight forward in your face look. This is definitely for those who are bold at heart.

Not so in love with the completely covered look? Maybe lining your eyelid the way you would with eyeliner is more your style. Much more subtle, but just as eye popping!


Unfortunately, wiping with water on a damp rag will not remove your glitter makeup. If you're planning on getting into the glitter eye look, it would be a good idea to invest in an oil based makeup remover.

We hope your glitter eye endeavors are a success! Don't be afraid to experiment to find the perfect look you can love! :)