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!