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The Glitter Polish Trick That’s Saving My Mani

You know that feeling when you power strut out of the nail salon feeling like a million bucks because of your fresh new mani? Right after I walk out those doors, I showcase my nails any way that I can. I drink my tea with my pinky up and throw up an unnecessary number of peace signs. Now fast-forward to about a week and a half later, when my gel polish is starting to grow out and my mani is looking a bit lacklustre. I know how to extend that fresh-out-of-the-salon feeling for another week, and it’s all thanks to glitter! I do a cool glitter ombré look on my nails to cover those pesky nail beds, but you can use it to glam up your manicure when you’re just craving a change.

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What you’ll need:
• Glitter nail polish (I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Grape Shifter)
• A clear topcoat (I used Essie Second Shine Around Top Coat)

Step 1

Step 1:
First push your cuticles back, which gives you a smoother nail bed to work with. Apply the first coat of glitter polish on the full length of your nails. Don’t worry about being super-precise; it doesn’t have to be perfect.

Step 2:
When the first coat is dry, apply the glitter to only the bottom half of your nails. Try to get as much glitter as possible onto your bare nail bed.

Step 3:
Now it’s glitter time! Take the nail polish brush and carefully apply more polish onto the edge of your nail until your nail bed is completely hidden.

Step 4:
I cannot stress how important it is to finish with a topcoat. I find glitter to be not as long-wearing, so if you want to protect all your handiwork, paint on a few layers of a good topcoat. The topcoat also helps to keep the thickness that you get from a salon gel manicure.

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You can keep doing this for weeks after your manicure if you want. This means I don’t have to go to the salon as often, and I can update my look and save my money!

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Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Grape Shifter

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essie second shine around top coat

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Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Grape Shifter

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essie second shine around top coat