As much as we love nail art, we’re better at admiring designs than coming up with them ourselves. That’s why we’ve enlisted Anna Norman, the smarty pants behind Glitter, She Wrote, to be a regular contributor. Every Monday, she’ll be sharing her latest lacquer inspiration—you won’t be satisfied with plain ol’ polish again.
If you’re looking for a fun new way to wear glitter, look no further than the “jelly sandwich” manicure. This nail technique has swept the blogosphere, and for good reason! It’s quick, foolproof for even the shakiest hands, and the color combinations are endless.
You’ll need two polishes to get the look. A jelly polish will serve as the sandwich’s bread, with a layer of glitter polish in between. What’s jelly polish, you might ask? These lacquers are somewhat translucent, even after a few coats, and provide sheer, glossy color. I’m using Essie True Love today, along with four different glitters to show you a variety of looks.
Step 1: After applying a base coat, paint each nail with one or two coats of jelly polish. Allow your nails to dry before moving on.
Step 2: Apply a layer of glitter polish over your base color. I like using chunky glitter, but you can use anything you have on hand. For a little extra fun, try creating a glitter gradient like I did on my ring finger by concentrating the majority of the sparkles at the base of the nail.
Step 3: Once the glitter has dried, apply an additional layer of jelly polish over the top. This coat will trap the glitter in the middle, giving your manicure tons of depth and visual interest. If you choose a white or pale jelly, the final layer gives the manicure a milky effect, which makes the glitter much more subtle. Perfect for when you want to sparkle without going too over-the-top.
Step 4: Even though jellies are quite glossy, I like adding a top coat for extra durability and protection, especially in the heat of summer when my nails take so long to dry. Super simple, right? The best part about this look is experimenting with polish and glitter combinations – you really can’t go wrong!
Looking for a jelly polish? Try these bright, buildable shades from the Zoya Blogger Collection.