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.
Regardless of whether you wear glitter year-round or stick to neutrals, if there’s any time to kick up the glitz, it’s New Year’s Eve. The New Year’s Ball in Times Square is covered in 2,688 Waterford crystals and is illuminated by more than 30,000 LED lights—talk about sparkle. Here are three simple ways to get eye-catching, sparkly nails for the big night.
Swing by your local arts and crafts store and pick up the shiniest holographic glitter you can find, or use a kit like Nails Inc. Bling It On Rocks. Working one nail at a time, begin by painting the nail with a thick layer of base coat. Pour a pile of the fine-grain glitter into a small bowl or tray. While the base polish is still wet, gently press your nail into the glitter. Brush off any excess sparkles from your cuticles and skin with a small brush and seal the glitz with a coat or two of quality top coat.
Metallic flakes are one of the hottest trends in nail art—perfect for your New Year’s Eve bash. I used multi-colored flakes from the Birchbox & Color Club Nail Art Kit to get the look. After applying a base coat, use tweezers to pick up small pieces of foil and press them onto the nail until you’ve covered the entire surface of each nail. If the foil flakes are too large, just break them apart for a perfect fit. Make sure to add a glossy top coat to seal the flakes to your nail and create a smooth, glass-like finish.
Traditional Glitter Polish
For fuss-free nails that sparkle and shine, turn to your favorite glimmer-based shade. I applied three coats of Color Club Platinum Record, a super-chunky silver glitter, over my bare nail. For a more opaque look, apply your glitter polish over a colored base polish. Try a gradient look by picking up glitter on the tip of a makeup sponge and applying more polish at the base of each nail, lightening the load as you move toward the tip. Always use a quality top coat for gloss and protection. Shine on!
Need even more Holiday nail inspiration? Check these 3 festive designs that you can do with the Birchbox & Color Club Nail Art Kit.