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December 9, 2013

Glitter Nail Polish for Grown-Ups

I’m not a real razzle-dazzle kind of lady, and yet “all glitter everything” becomes my mantra every holiday season. From twinkle lights to sequined sweaters, if it doesn’t sparkle, I’m not interested. This philosophy extends to my choices in nail polish. For festive fingertips in a flash I forgo trendy (not to mention time-consuming) nail art and opt instead for glittery, layered manis.

glittery holiday nails for grownups

The thing I love most about this look, besides all the SPARKLES, is that you can’t get it wrong! Start with a couple coats of whatever base-color moves you—metallic, matte or sheer polishes are all fair game—wait a few minutes to dry, then swipe on one to two coats of the glittery polish of your choice. Complementary colors are cool, but there’s no harm in experimenting in the name of glitz. Seal it all up with a clear top coat to prevent chips and catches. To showcase the most festive of polishes, I took to—where else?—my local drugstore aisles, and called up—who else?—my favorite girls to model and photograph six combos ideally suited for the holiday party circuit. Without further ado, let’s get glittery!  –Meghan {w/ photos by Sara Montour}

eliecomboBase: Maybelline Color Show Holographic in Blue Blaze ($3.99)
Glitter: China Glaze in Your Present Required ($7.50)

meggiecomboBase: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Ruby Do ($7.99)
Glitter: Essie in A Cut Above ($8.50)

angiecomboBase: Revlon Nail Enamel in Posh ($4.99)
Glitter: Milani Jewel FX Nail Laquer in Gold ($4.49)

danacomboBase: Revlon Brilliant Strength Nail Enamel in Hypnotize ($7.99)
Glitter: Wet ‘n Wild Nail Color in Party of Five ($3.99)

meghancombo1Bases: Essie in Ballet Slippers ($8.50) and OPI in Gargantuan Green Grape ($8) on pinkies!
Glitter: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Snow Globe ($7.99)

meghan2Base: NYC Quick Dry Minute Nail Polish in Tribeca Silver ($1.99)
Glitter: Wet ‘n Wild Fergie Nail Color in Glamorous ($3.49)

Do you break out the glitter polishes this time of the year, too? What’s your go-to combo? Better yet, tag your sparkly polish pics @beautybets so we can appreciate your creativity in action!

A special thanks to photographer Sara Montour for her gorgeous handiwork! 

  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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