This Genius Trick Makes Putting On Glitter Nail Polish So Much Easier

Glitter nail polish: so pretty to look at, such a pain to put on. Anyone who’s used nail polish at least once in their life there know this struggle. Getting a perfect application that doesn’t come out gloopy, patchy, uneven, or take hours to dry can feel nearly impossible. And let’s not even talk about the removal process.

So it was like fate that I stumbled upon this glitter-nails video on YouTube. I wasn’t expecting it to change my life (as so many tutorials promise to do), but after trying it, I’m pretty confident this sorcery will both shock and mesmerize you. Now, if you’re a nail technician, you might already know this trick. But for the at-home-manicure-challenged, you’re going to want to keep reading.

The secret? If you paint on glitter nail polish as you would any other color in your collection, you’re doing it wrong. At least according to nail vlogger Kelli Marissa. But the good news is, if you want it to look as good and intensely glittery as it does in the bottle, she’s got an epic tip for you.

Here’s the breakdown from her video.

PHOTO: YouTube: Kelli Marissa

1. A base coat
2. Liquid latex (optional, but recommended)
3. Your favorite glitter nail polish (scroll down below for our favorites!)
4. A cosmetic sponge5. A top coat


1. Apply your base coat as normal.

PHOTO: YouTube: Kelli Marissa

2. Line the skin around your nails with liquid latex so it won’t get covered in polish.

PHOTO: YouTube: Kelli Marissa

3. Apply the glitter nail polish of your choice onto the edge of a makeup sponge.

PHOTO: YouTube: Kelli Marissa

4. Dab the sponge onto your nail. (FYI, this is where the real trick lies. The sponge soaks up most of the actual nail polish leaving just the glitter behind, so it goes on dense and opaque in one fell swoop.)

PHOTO: YouTube: Kelli Marissa

5. Peel off the liquid latex.

PHOTO: YouTube: Kelli Marissa

6. Apply your top coat so the glitter doesn’t chip off as easily.

PHOTO: YouTube: Kelli Marissa

7. Admire.

PHOTO: YouTube: Kelli Marissa

Mind = blown. Watch the full (completely brilliant) how-to here:

Looking for the perfect glitter nail polish? Check out a few of our favorites below.

The Most Gorgeous Rose Gold

SHOP IT: Essie Luxeffects Glitter Top Coat in A Cut Above, $9, ulta.com

The Coolest Mirrored Silver

SHOP IT: Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer in Glass Souls, $18, amazon.com

The Perfect Chunky Gold

SHOP IT: OPI Nail Lacquer Collection in Gold Key to the Kingdom, $10.50, ulta.com

The Best Mermaid Glitter

SHOP IT: Base Coat Nail Polish in N’awlins, $20, amazon.com

The Best Shattered-Glass Effect

SHOP IT: Jinsoon Nail Lacquer in Soirée, $20, nordstrom.com

The Prettiest Muted Shimmer

SHOP IT: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Nail Color in Rock Candy, $2, walmart.com

And for more on need-to-know nail stuff, don’t miss:
What the Most Popular Nail Polish on Pinterest Looks Like on 3 Different Skin Tones
20 Cute Nail Polish Colors and Trends You’ll Want to Start Wearing Now
How to Get Holographic Nails at Home

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