In the wise words of Jessie J; I’m feeling sexy & free… Like Glitter’s raining on me!
I have a confession to make… My name is Louise Henry and I am a glitter-holic.
There are many different methods of applying glitter to a manicure or pedicure but my favourite is probably the glitter fade. It makes it look like glitter is raining down over your nails. You can use it to add an element of sparkle to pale pink bridal nails or bling up a set of neon holiday toes. It’s SO Versatile!
All you need is your nail preparation kit along with a base coat polish, your chosen colour of polish, an extra sparkly glitter polish & your top coat. I would recommend Barry M’s glitter polishes – very reasonable prices and great finish.
Prep and prime your nails as always. Once your nails are prepped apply your base coat and 2 layers of your chosen colour… don’t be afraid to be a little adventurous! Allow these layers of polish a good 15 mins to dry as you don’t want to smudge them when applying the special layer of glitter.
After you have allowed your coloured polish to sufficiently dry you can go all out with the glitter. Using the nail polish brush, apply a thick blob of glitter polish either at the cuticle end of your nail or else at the free edge of your nail, doing only one nail at a time as you need to move quickly – when I say blob I really mean it, keep that polish thick and the glitter dense!
Now you need to wipe ALL the excess polish off your brush & using this brush slowly wipe the glitter down the nail in small strokes, allowing the glitter to rain down your nail like a sparkling snow fall. Be gentle with this part as you don’t need much pressure.
Repeat this step on all of your nails. You will get more confident as you go along. Don’t be too fussy as the glitter does most of the work and that’s the joy of this style of nail art! Once all of your nails have been adequately jazzed up, pop a thin layer of shiny top coat on and a slathering of cuticle oil… now you can sit back and admire your handy work.
Easy peasy lemon squeezey, amazing isn’t it?!
Send me in some of your attempts via facebook/email or tag me in your pictures on Instagram, I’m happy to help if you have any trouble following the guide. I’ll leave you with a few pictures of some glitter fade gel manicures I have done on my clients. L xx
Article by Louise Henry
Louise joined The Beauty Cloud team in May 2014 as our Nail expert. She is a fully trained & qualified Nail Technician running her own little nail bar in Bangor, The Nail Room at Salon75.
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