Do a stunning, simple, stellar manicure!
I love spacey manicures. Here's my take on a "galactic" glitter mani!
I used: Sephora Formula X System, Nails Inc "Hampstead Court" Fibre Optics, Sinful Colors "Starry Night", and ORLY ridge filler.
I recommend having a full arsenal of manicure tools at the ready to make sure this mani will last.
Push back and trim cuticles, if necessary.
Shape, buff, and clean nails. I prefer the sapphire nail files as they shape nails the nicest. For buffing, use a 4-sided buffer that evens out, smoothes, buffs, and shines. Clean nails after shaping and buffing. Use either rubbing alcohol or the Sephora Formula X cleanser.
Apply 1 coat of ORLY ridge filler to ensure that nails are totally smooth. Allow to dry for 2-3 minutes.
Apply base coat. I prefer Sephora's Formula X system base coat, but Revlon and Pure Ice make decent base coats as well. Allow to dry 2 minutes.
Apply 2 coats of Sinful Colors "Starry Night", waiting 3-4 minutes between coats. Let second coat dry for 3 minutes.
Starting at the middle of the nail, working toward the tip, apply 1 coat of Nails Inc "Hampstead Court" or other similar holographic glitter polish. Let dry 2 minutes.
Apply another coat of holographic glitter polish to the tip of the nail to form a glitter gradient. Let dry 2 minutes.
Apply top coat. Let dry 15 minutes.
If your glitter is sticking out past the edge of your nail, file it down. Now swipe a light coating of top coat across the nail edge and let dry for 10 minutes. This will help keep the nail tips from chipping.
OPTIONAL: Apply a new layer of topcoat every 1-2 days to extend the life of your mani.