Sparkly nails for the festive season


A modern application of glitter or shimmer can hide a multitude of sins and can be used to extend your manicure wear time as well as cover up mistakes, whether you paint your nails yourself or have Shellac or Gel applied at the salon.

Everyone should have both a light, subtle reflective shimmer, which may or may not contain some individual confetti or star particles and a more intense glitter finish encrusted varnish such as Snowflake Rose Gold from Nails Inc.

The finishes of these products can be customised, in tone, to your jewellery and they should be an essential part of your home manicure kit.

My top problem-solving tips:

1. When regrowth occurs, paint over with a clear based lacquer that has shimmering particles in it to blur the regrowth area around the cuticle and base of nail.

2. If a chip appears at the free edge or end of the nail, apply either a nail varnish with a piece of confetti or star shape blobbed over it to look like a natural accent, or take a more encrusted glitter or metallic nail varnish and use to paint a deliberate reverse French or diagonal edge to cover and create a new look.

My favourite designs:

The icicle – when regrowth is very apparent, fill in the regrowth with an encrusted glitter and then drag up with a drier brush over the nail to a point to create an icicle finish. This technique can also be done in reverse from the free edge down on either a long nail or, if you have really bashed the ends of your nail and they are looking messy.

The half moon – fill in the regrowth around the cuticle/half moon area with a completely contrasting colour to make it look like a deliberate, two tone smile shape. If needed and the contrast is too great, although I love a neon in this area applied with a thin paint brush, blur the whole nail together with a see-through top coat of shimmer.

Something different – To make your manicure look really fresh and different, take an accent colour in a shimmer or glitter formula and apply as a full ring finger (or other) and as a French paint on the other nails.

Glitters and shimmers used to be only for a certain fashion look many years ago, but they are now considered chic, acceptable and fun depending upon your application technique and I think they are a great way, without having to do a whole manicure again, to keep your nails looking immaculate at all times.

I always carry a shimmer and a glitter with me in my makeup bag and even have one in the car so that if a chip occurs before a meeting, going on air, going out, I can immediately cover it up on the go.

How do you amp up your nail look with glitter? Let me know in the comments below!

Ali x


  1. Debbie November 24, 2017 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, nothing to do with nails but do you know if QVC is going to sell Elemis Pro-collagen marine oil? Do hope so. X

  2. Sharon barmby November 26, 2017 at 8:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison my question would be how do I best remove the glitter varnishes. Thank you

  3. Helen Gilbert November 27, 2017 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali my niece age 14 gets spots between eyes after she has eyebrows threaded, they are not going away.I would appreciate advice on this matter. Thank you Helen

  4. Lucy November 28, 2017 at 12:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I do hope you get this message as I’m not on social media,but I’ve just read about your loss of one of your horses.
    I a real fan of qvc and watch your beauty hours and have learn lots,but I always love to hear about your horses more!
    I have horses and like you have bred horses,we have the privilege of having these wonderful animals in our lives and it really is the kindest decision you can make,especially when you know them so well.
    Your memories are in your heart and will stay with you foreverX

  5. Linds December 23, 2017 at 9:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali I like the hombre look and find this covers. I do paint my nails twice a week and at the weekend treat my cuticles, file my nails and do any treatmrnts. I find it makes me feel good do my nails and I have a thing about my nails looking good. Have a lovely Christmas. Linda

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