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Sequined Nails for the Holidays: Mani Monday

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.


I’ve tried quite a few 3D nail art techniques over the past year, from studs to loose glitter to the trendy “caviar” mani. But sequins? That one’s new to me. With holiday parties in full swing and New Year’s Eve just around the corner, of course I had to give it a shot.

You could certainly do a DIY version of this look with chunky glitter or small sequins from the craft store and a thick base and top coat, but I went the pre-packaged route with a kit from Ciaté. The Sequined Manicure Kit includes a pot of small loose sequins, a base/top coat called Glitter Grip, and a small brush.

Here’s how to get the look in a few simple steps:

1. Working one nail at a time, begin by applying a base layer of Glitter Grip or your base coat of choice.

2. While the base is still wet, dip your full nail into the pot of sequins. The tiny sequins blow around and can make a bit of a mess, so move carefully!

3. Gently press the sequins into your nail to secure them to the base polish, and use a small brush to dust away excess pieces that ended up on your skin.

4. Apply another layer of Glitter Grip or the heavy duty top coat of your choice to adhere the sequins to your nail. Continue with each nail until you’ve finished your mani. If your nails still feel bumpy, apply a second layer of top coat for extra protection.

My verdict? This is absolutely not an everyday look (I wouldn’t even attempt washing dishes or searching around for change at the bottom of your purse with these nails). While I won’t be sequinning my nails for an ordinary day at the office, I can’t think of anything more festive and sparkly for a holiday party or New Year’s celebration.

What do you think of the 3D nail polish trend? 

Another sparkly mani trend that we were captivated by this year? Diamond dust polishes.

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