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Weekend Mani: Add Sparkle to Your Nude Nails for Fall

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

As editor Lorelei mentioned a few months ago, nude digits were all the rage this spring, both on and off the runway. Although the bare look is ridiculously chic, I recommend punching it up for fall by experimenting with the season’s generous array of glitter and metallic polishes.

On a recent Saturday morning, I was casually watching throwback Britney Spears music videos on YouTube (don’t judge) and stumbled upon the pop star’s 2000 MTV Video Music Awards performance in which she wore a sparkly flesh-colored bodysuit. Being the thematic mani fan that I am, a light bulb went off: why not create a nail version of that infamous costume?

After applying two coats of my favorite nude nail polish in the universe, HIPPxRGB in T2 (it’s a collab between RGB and eco-friendly celeb makeup artist Jenna Hipp; this RGB shade works just as well), it was time to add some serious shine. Using a sponge, I sparsely applied sparkly flecks of SpaRitual’s Looking Glass—you can also use Color Club’s Disco Nap—on each nail. The results were as close to rocking a bedazzled bare bodysuit that I’ll ever get!

If you’re looking to create your own sparkly nude remix this weekend, there are tons of Pinterest boards dedicated to the trend. Enjoy!

Need even more polish inspiration? Check out our weekly column—Mani Monday.

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