Friday, August 28, 2015

Using Glitter Powder and Hexagons Together

We've talked about hexagon glitter manicures, but what about hexagon with glitter powder? You should never have to choose between your favorite powder and hexagon! Combining the two creates an awe inspiring texture. Take a look at our favorite hexagon and powder mixed looks and how to make them yourself.

Here's a beautiful brown gradient mani with a combo of hexagons and glitter powder. We're loving this one because it's the perfect color for the upcoming fall season!

All You'll Need:

  • Hexagon glitter
  • Glitter powder
  • Different shades of brown polish
  • Blending sponge
  • Sealing and Bonding Formula

We're head over heels for this cheetah print made with glitter powder! Lots of cheetah print has been done, but we've never seen glitter used to create it. 

All You'll Need:

  • Hexagon glitter
  • Glitter powder
  • Polish of your choice
  • Blending sponge if you choose to create a gradient
  • Sealing and Bonding Formula
  • Charm (if you choose to)

For our final favorite of the week, we have silver glitter used on this popping purple mani! Glitter powder and hexagons are separated on different nails. Have to admit, this look is pretty cool to look at.

All You'll Need:

  • Silver hexagon glitter
  • Silver glitter powder
  • Purple polish (or any color you prefer)
  • Silver polish
  • Nail tape to create the checkerboard nail
  • Sealing and bonding formula
Below are some more looks that we just couldn't bring ourselves to leave out this week!

This blue geometric #mani looks great with silver #hexagonglitter!#silverglitter

Posted by Glitties Nail Art on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Polish Topped Glitter Nails

You can find plenty of polished nails with glitter designs on top, but you can also find glitter nails with polish designs. Both are eye popping looks, just a little different when it comes to execution. Starting with a base of glitter and then adding on a polish design is the simpler of the methods. Grab your glitter and some nail tape and let's get started!

What You'll Need:

  • Glitter
  • Sealing formula
  • Bonding formula
  • Frankening supplies (if making your own glitter polish)
  • Orange sticks
  • Nail tape
  • Nail polish
  • Tooth picks

Aren't you just dying over this dinosaur glitter mani? We've never fallen so hard over a silver glitter nail art design before! Here are some pretty simple tips on how to recreate this one:
  • Start with glitter. You can either make your glitter nails by applying directly to the nail bed, or you can create a glitter polish and apply it as a polish. Creating your own polish by frankening will take a little more effort than by applying glitter directly to your nails, but it's tons of fun to make your own glitter polish!
  • Make sure you use a good amount of the sealing formula to create a smooth surface to paint onto.
  • Use nail tape to create your triangular designs and paint them with the color of your choice.
  • Use tooth picks with polish to draw on your dinosaurs.
  • Apply a top coat.

Sailor Moon glitter nails aren't just for the pros. Once you have the glitter mani mastered, you're on your way to fun designs like this one.

  • Follow the instructions as shown above to create your glitter mani. You can use glitter powder as shown in the picture, or you can use any different type of glitter you could think of.
  • Use a tooth pick to create the stars as shown.
  • Nail tape can be used to create the moon and woman shapes. 
  • Apply a top coat once your designs are complete.
Now check out the looks below for even more inspiration. Make sure you share your personal creations with us, we love sharing work!

Silver hexagon glitter nails with black hexagon designs to top!#silver #hexagon #glitter

Posted by Glitties Nail Art on Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Friday, August 7, 2015

Adding Charms to Your #Mani

This blog post goes out to all you attention getters! Sometimes a creative mani just isn't enough to stand out when it's one dimensional. Nail artists are using charms, studs, and beads to their nail art creations more and more often. Now you may wonder why anyone would want to add something to your nails that could just fall off the same day you apply it?! Well we've got some tips that will you can use to make sure your favorite nail art add-ons stay put!

What Will I Need?

You may not need everything on this list depending on the method of application you choose, but if the method you choose ends up not being what you expect it's best to be prepared!
  • Nail polish
  • Glitter
  • Top coat
  • Bonding formula (if applying glitter directly to the nail)
  • Sealing formula (if applying glitter directly to the nail)
  • If creating your own glitter polish, frankening supplies
  • Studs, charms, beads
  • Nail glue
  • Gel polish

How Do I Apply My Add-Ons?

There are various methods of adding on your charms, studs, and beads. They range from easy to time consuming, long lasting to a little more temporary. 

The Top Coat Method

If you're wanting a quick and easy application we recommend applying directly to your top coat.
  • Paint your nails with the polish of your choice.
  • Add on a clear top coat that isn't quick drying.
  • Using tweezers or an orange stick, place your add-ons to your wet nails.
  • Once the coat has dried and your add-ons are secure, add one more clear top coat to seal the deal!
  • Easy, huh?

The Nail Glue Method

Now this method takes a little more hand stability and a little more time. You'll want to use this method if you are working with large add-ons or want to make sure your charm mani lasts longer.
  • Paint your nails with the polish of your choice. (Or glitter your nails :))
  • Add a dot of glue to the area you want your add-on to be.
  • Place your add-on on the glue dot.
  • Use an orange stick to hold your add-on in place. (You will not be happy if your add-on slips and slides!)
  • Allow glue to dry.
  • Apply a clear top coat.

The Gel Polish Method

Gel polish also works well with larger add-ons without the stress of dealing with glue! You may want to try both out to find your personal preference.
  • Apply two coats of gel polish to your nails and cure.
  • Apply your add-on.
  • Add a top coat of gel polish. (Make sure you apply it over your add-ons)

Which add-on method is best? Only you can decide that for yourself! Try these out and share your best works of art with us! We always love to share great nail art :)