Monday, July 9, 2012

Glitter Polka Dots (Nail Tutorial)

This is a fun, glittery nail tutorial. Enjoy!

{The Polish}
Mint green: Love and Beauty in the shade Mint
Top/Base Coat: e.l.f. in the shade Clear
Loose glitter: JoAnn Craft Essentials Xtra Fine Glitter

You will also need something to make polka dots. You could use the tip of a bobby pin or any other round-headed object. I used a sewing pin and stuck the pointy side into a pencil eraser so that it would be easy to hold. See the images below of my version.

{The Process}
1. Apply base coat, then two coats of the mint color (or whatever color you decide to use). Let dry.

2. Pour some loose glitter onto a plate or bowl.

3. Dip your polka-dotter tool into the clear nail polish and quickly dot onto a nail. I did three to five dots on each nail, but you could do more if you use a smaller tool.

4. Before the polish dries, dip the nail into the glitter pile. Repeat for each nail.

5. Tap the nails so that the excess glitter comes off. Once the polish dries a bit more, you will probably have to use your finger to push the remaining glitter off around the dots.

6. Apply a top coat (or two).

7. Clean up time! A few tips for cleaning up spilled glitter:
-sweep as much as you can into a dust pan
-use a lint roller or masking tape to pick up the rest of the glitter
-if you have it on hand, play-dough also works great for picking up glitter

I hope you try this nail look because it is a lot of sparkly fun and looks even better in person!


  1. We just found your blog and absolutely love it! This nail tutorial is so cute and we can't wait to try it out.

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    Kendall & Tiana

    1. Thank you...if you try it on your blog, be sure to leave a comment so I can check it out :)

  2. Oh I love the results! Great how to.
    Would love you to check out my latest outfit post :)
    Have a fab weekend Hun xoxo

    1. Thank you--I am very happy with the results, too!

  3. the nails are amaaaazing, love the glitter
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    1. Thanks, I am a sucker for anything glittery :)

  4. The nails are amazing! Love em I will def try them out!

    I invite you to check out my blog.

    1. Thanks--definitely try them; they are really easy!

  5. Wow, it turned out amazingly! I love the look of glittery nails. This is a great post!
    -Angela, from the Lipstick Clique ( Come check out our blog if you're interested!

    1. Thanks, I love glittery nails too (and polka dots)!

  6. Cute nailpolish :) You are really talented.

    Love, Anja
    Please stop by and follow my blog if you like :)

    1. Thank you--I really appreciate it :)

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    1. Thanks so much, I will definitely check out yours, as well!

  8. LOVE these! such a sweet look