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Glitter nails are a very popular choice for a manicure. They are effortlessly glamorous and party-ready, and there is nothing more fun than bringing a bit of sparkle everywhere you go!
Whether you are wanting simple glitter nails inspiration and ideas or wishing to find a fun new trend that incorporates sparkles, we have you covered. There are so many amazing ways to wear glitter nails, and I am going to look at the sparkliest manicures out there.
When picking what glitter nails to include on the list, I tried to find designs that can be recreated at home for those of us who love a DIY manicure. I have also made sure that all the manicures are done by the best nail artists out there right now to the highest quality.
So, let’s look at some amazing glitter nails to give you some ideas for your next manicure!
Simple Glitter Nails
To kick things off, I thought we would look at some simple glitter nails. These are nails that can be done at home, and show the wonderful different trends when it comes to glitter nails.
Gold Glitter Nails
Gold glitter nails are a classic choice, and you really can’t go wrong with a manicure like this. They always look good and go with a whole range of outfits. The nail artist has kept this manicure short, with a square tip that oozes sophistication.
Glitter French Nails
French nails are a sophisticated choice for a manicure, and adding glitter to the tips is a great way of mixing the trend up a little. These nails are beautifully done, with a really small French tip design. They are a great option if you want to add glitter to your nails, but are unsure if you want the glitter on all of the nails.
If you want to recreate these at home, you can buy some French tip tape that can be applied to the nails before painting on the tips. It means that you will create the shape and make sure only the tips of the nails get painted. After removing the tape, finish the manicure off with a top coat.
Silver Glitter Nails
Silver is another classic choice for glitter nails, and I am in love with this manicure! The glitter is amazing, and I really like the short almond shape of the nails.
Rose Gold Glitter Nails
I really like manicures that mix glitter with solid colors, and this is a stunning yet simple manicure. The nail artist has mixed a light pink gel color with a rose gold glitter color, matching the two colors perfectly.
The coffin length of the nails is really sophisticated and complements the colors of the manicure.
Colorful Glitter Nails
We mostly see glitter nails in silvers and golds, but if you are a fan of color, there are still some great choices out there for glitter nails!
Let’s look at some colorful glitter nails that will give you a whole load of inspiration for your next manicure.
Purple Glitter Nails
This manicure is pretty extra, but it really showcases the different ways we can use glitter in a manicure. Each nail is absolutely stunning, and the purple colors are beautiful.
I love the marble effects on two of the nails, incorporating shades of purple and glitter to create the effect. Plus, the gems make the nails even more glam.
Okay, you probably can’t recreate these nails at home, but they were just so amazing I needed to include them!
Rainbow Glitter Nails
You don’t need to stick with one color when it comes to glitter! This manicure uses a range of colors in glitter to create a really interesting manicure. I really like how the artist has used small lines of different colors just on the tips, leaving the rest of the nail natural.
You can recreate this at home with your favorite glittery colors and thin nail brushes! Remember to apply a bottom and a top coat in order to make the nails look healthy and shiny.
Feature Glitter Nails
Opting for a feature nail is a great choice when it comes to glitter nails, as it means you can incorporate different colors and gels into the manicure. This manicure uses beautiful shades of pinks and purples to create a gradient of different colors that are coherent and vibrant.
If you think glitter is only for winter, this manicure definitely shows us that glitter can be very summery!
Rainbow Ombre Glitter Nails
Ombre is a popular choice for glitter nails (more ombre in the next section), and I love the different colors used in this manicure. The coffin shape is sophisticated, yet the colors add a pop of playfulness to the nails.
Each nail has two different glittery colors mixed together in a gradient to create a super cute and summery look!
Yellow Glitter Nails
I am in love with this stunning manicure that uses neon yellow French tips with glitter. They are summer party ready, and the exaggerated French tips are properly cool.
Hot Pink Glitter Nails
Hot pink is a bold color choice when it comes to manicures, and I mean this in a good way! I love the hot pink color and the OTT length of the nails. The artist has placed glitter onto two of the nails to make the manicure even extra. I am feeling pretty envious of these nails right now…
Glitter Ombre Nails
Ombre nails refer to when there is a color gradient on the nails. Usually using two different colors, the tips of the nails are often a different color from the base, and the two colors are blended together to create an interesting look.
Ombre nails are a pretty popular choice when it comes to glitter nails! This is because you can use different colors alongside the glitter, and mix things up a little.
Let’s look at some beautiful glitter ombre nails for some manicure inspiration.
Golden Glitter Ombre Nails
This is a really simple and sophisticated glitter ombre look, using a nude background to really make the glitter pop.
This manicure is perfect for so many different occasions, as it isn’t too dramatic, yet brings a bit of bling to your look! A great choice if you are hesitant to go full-on glitter, but still want a few sparkles.
Purple Glitter Ombre Nails
The first time I ever got my nails done in a salon, I got a manicure exactly like this but in pink. I was in love with them, so manicures in this style have always got a soft spot in my heart.
Mixing plain colors with glitter and including one ombre nail creates a stunning look that is fancy and interesting. With a manicure like this, you can afford to keep your nails short, as the glitter and colors do all the talking!
Starry Ombre Glitter Nails
This manicure uses star sequins in the glitter to create a beautiful look. The glitter and sequins are super delicate, and I love the long shape of the nails.
If you want to recreate this manicure at home, get some silver nail glitter and some stick on stars. Using a brush, apply the glitter to the ends of your nail, spreading some glitter towards the base of the nails. Then, apply some stars.
Glitter Coffin Nails
I am obsessed with these pink shard glitter that creates a holographic 3D effect. The nail artist has used a mix of small glitter with bigger glittery shards to create a showstopping design, with a baby pink color as the background.
This manicure is OTT, and I am here for it, enhanced even more by the dramatic length of the coffin nails.
Glitter Nails With Designs
If you are a fan of the glitter nails but want to incorporate other trends into your manicure, there is so much to choose from!
Let’s look at the amazing things that nail artists have been doing with glitter to give you a whole load of ideas for your next manicure.
Flame Glitter Nails
Ah, flame nails. Probably one of my favorite nail art trends right now because of its nostalgic noughties vibes.
These neon glitter flames are incredible, and I love the dramatic length of the nails. If you want to recreate this look at home, make sure you have the best nail brushes in order to paint on the flames!
Summery Glitter Nails
These short glitter nails are so cute, and the designs are hand-painted by the nail artist! They have applied a baby pink background to the nails, then added the designs and the glitter to create a really lovely design.
If you are not good at hand painting nail designs (I know I am not), check out the different stickers and decals you can buy to add to the nails. I swear by nail art stickers, as they allow me to create different looks without having to put in too much effort. Both smiley faces and rainbow stickers can be found online, allowing you to recreate this look at home.
Mix and Match Glitter Nails
These glitter nails are probably my favorite on the list because of their stunning colors and different techniques used. The nail artist has used glitter gel, holographic gel, and gems to create this amazing manicure. I am in love with the eye that have been hand-painted on, it is super cool and really goes with the beautiful blue hues of the nails!
Pastel Stars and Glitter Nails
Are you unsure of going full glitter nails, but still want to incorporate some sparkle into your manicure? This beautiful manicure uses a mix of pastel colors and glitter to create a really interesting design. The stars are hand-painted on, and it really showcases the talent of the artist. With a decent set of nail brushes and gels, you can try and recreate this look at home!
Negative Space Glitter Nails
Negative space is a big trend in the nail art world now, and this artist has used glitter and star designs with this trend to create a super exciting manicure.
The blue glitter used in the nails is gorgeous and gives me big outer-space vibes. The artist has then painted stars on a few of the nails, leaving the rest of the nail without paint.
Pastel Glitter Nails
This manicure uses a pastel ombre effect with glitter to create a really interesting look. It is sweet, summery, and cute, and I really like the 3D effect used on the middle finger.
Glitter Nails FAQs
Let’s look at some questions you might have about glitter nails.
Answer: I honestly think that glitter nails will never not be in style! Glitter is a classic choice for a manicure, and who doesn’t need a bit of sparkle in their lives?! Glitter nails are definitely in style 2022.
Answer: French glitter nails are when just the tips of the nail are painted with glitter. It is a great choice if you are wanting to add some glitter to your look, but are not wanting to cover the whole of your nails.
Answer: You can buy gel polish that includes glitter, but you can also buy glitter that can be put on top of gel polish. After applying a few coats of your choice of gel color and curing, add the glitter to the nails. You can do this by sprinkling the glitter onto the nails or using your finger or a tool to dab the glitter on. Then, apply a top coat so the glitter stays in place!
Answer: Most reputable nail salons will have a range of glitter polish and glitter powder, so you can get glitter nails from loads of places. Make sure they have the glitter you want before booking in for your manicure.
Get Glittery This Season!
I hope you have enjoyed this article on glitter nails and have got a whole load of inspiration and ideas for your next manicure. Glitter nails are always a great choice for a manicure and you can get glitter in so many different colors and styles.
Which glitter nails are your favorite?