{DIY} Glittered Nails for Fall

You guys are the best…thank you for sharing in the excitement of our possible House Crashers! It felt great to knock out a bunch of projects over the weekend, but my jazzy manicure paid the price. It’s a fun look for Halloween, and fortunately, I took pictures last week!

Glittered Nails

First of all, when did my hands morph into my mom’s?! And secondly, have you ever tried to take a picture of your own hand, without it looking like a claw?! I think the camera really does add 10 pounds.

It’s hard for me to pay for manicures when it gets wrecked every weekend, so I almost always do it myself….hence the jacked imperfections. But here are the details for my Halloween hands…paint your nails as usual, with a base coat and two coats of color. Let them dry completely, then paint only the nails you want glittered, and cover them with a generous amount of sparkle. Once that’s dry, just run your hand under water to rinse off the excess glitter, and finish with a top coat.

Glittered Nails

The top coat makes the glittered nail smooth to the touch. And the funny thing is, my weekend of sanding and painting completely ruined every nail except my glittered ones! Sure you can find glittered polish, but every good DIYer has glitter laying around already! Do you like to play with your manicures? Have your hands recently started looking just like your mothers?!

{Details: First coat, Sally Hanson Thinking of Blue | Second coat, OPI Suzi Skis in the Pyranees | Glitter: Martha Stewart Fine Glitter Hematite}

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  1. Love the idea of using regular glitter on your nails. I've only used the glitter polish before.

    Some days I am shocked at how old and dry my hands look. What??? I'm only 29. *cough*


    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  2. Yep, I have old lady hands. Not so much in person as in pictures.

    I don't get manicures, and I am incapable of painting my own finger nails. I do pay for pedicures monthly. That's my one "me" splurge, other than getting my hair colored. But I don't consider that a splurge. That's just regular monthly maintenance.

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  3. Hannah wrote:

    So freaking cute! I'll have to try this asap.

    Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  4. my hands are hideous – you can bet you'll never see a pic of them 😉 they're really veiny – ewwww – i almost bought some glitter nail polish the other day – now i'm just gonna go raid my craft closet – thanks girlie!

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  5. awesome mani! And listen…I took pics of my hands yesterday for my Friday post, and I believe my hands look like they are around 94 years old. Veins are bulging that I never even knew I had!

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  6. Love that dark nail color! And what girl doesn't love a little glitter 🙂


    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  7. Super cute. I have tried and cant stand my hands in all photos. It is such a weird thing!

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  8. Mary wrote:

    So cute! I have been pinning tons of nail inspirations lately. How hard is the glitter to get off when you're ready for a new color? I know regular glitter polish is always a bear. Just wondered.

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  9. Ok, this totally makes me laugh because just the other day I was sitting next to my mother, looking at our bare feet side by side. No!!!!! I'm starting to get her feet 🙁 Frick, frick, frick…

    Love the nails 🙂

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  10. Oh I need to repaint my nails so badly!

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  11. Simply LKJ wrote:

    Love the glitter and the color!! Looking at my hands so makes me regret not slathering them with sunscreen growing up!!

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  12. I just feel bad for my own nails, they totally get used and abused…but hello fun glitter nails!!! I love the idea of making any color *glittery*. I'm on board.

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  13. emily wrote:

    Your nails look great! I did the glitter top coat on my ring fingers over bright pink polish one time I did shellac. I unexpectedly had to go out of town for work (and couldn't take it off) and the client kept commenting on my pink glitter nails! Thankfully, I don't think they were offended, but maybe not the most professional look!

    Posted 10.24.12 Reply
  14. Megan wrote:

    I repinned this on Pinterest! Love it!

    Posted 10.25.12 Reply