glitter prom nails

If you’re getting ready for prom and you want to make it extra special, then you need glitter prom nails. Glitter is so popular right now and there are so many ways to wear it that can really pop with your dress and make a statement.

In this post, I’ll share some tips on how to do your own glitter prom nails at home without breaking the bank or going broke from all those salon trips!

what you need for glitter prom nails

If you want to DIY your glitter prom nails, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Glitter. You can get it in craft stores or online. Make sure to use loose glitter rather than pre-glued gems.
  • Base coat and top coat nail polish.
  • Nail file and cuticle oil (optional). The oil won’t make your nails look more shimmery, but it will help them stay healthy and strong while they’re being painted with the base coat and topped off with the glittery final layer of polish! It also makes them feel nice when they’re done drying!
  • Nail clippers (optional). If you have long fingernails already, I’d recommend cutting them short before adding any polish or glittering—it’ll make applying everything so much easier! Otherwise just trim down any stray pieces once everything has dried nicely so that they don’t get caught on anything later…and please don’t bite your nails anymore either because this is about looking good at prom not getting sick from germs on dirty hands!”

1. Glitter XLNails Gel Top Coat Clear, nail polish with big chunks of glitter in it

Glitter nail polish is a great way to add some sparkle to your nails. It comes in many colors and sizes, so there’s something for everyone. Glitter nail polish can be used alone or as a top coat. To apply it, simply brush on two coats of your favorite color and let dry completely before adding more layers if you want more glittery goodness! When applying with this product, make sure that your nails are dry before applying (otherwise it will get messy). You can also use glitter as an accent by dabbing some onto the end of each nail after painting them black with regular polish or clear acrylic paint; this adds just enough sparkle without being overwhelming or distracting from whatever cute outfit you’re wearing.

You can find several types of glitters in different shapes: round balls with flat sides so they lay flat against the nail surface instead forming peaks; tiny hexagonal shapes that look like little diamonds bursting forth from beneath your fingertips; rectangular pieces that look like gemstones cut into rectangles instead of squares—the possibilities are endless!

2. Base coat (We used Orly Bonder)

There are a lot of reasons to use a base coat. A good base coat will prevent chipping, help the polish adhere to your nails, and strengthen them. It also protects the nails from staining by bonding with the natural oils in your skin. It’s not absolutely necessary, but it does make for a longer-lasting manicure!

3. Gel Nail Polish, whatever color you want to go with the glitter (we went with OPI Gel Polish in “Sweet Heart”)

Next, apply an iridescent glitter over the top of your painted nails. This gives them a more dramatic look and also makes them sparkle even more.

We don’t want to encourage you to drink and drive, so we’d suggest getting a ride if you’re going out somewhere tonight! But if not, get home safely—and rock those nails with pride.*

  • We cannot guarantee that wearing this look will help you get home safely or that it might be viewed by some as a sign of rebellion against society’s norms.

4. Glitter pot, loos

Here’s your next step. You’ll want to mix up a glitter pot that is loose and not too thick. If you have any problems with the consistency of your glitter, take a look at our tutorial on how to make loose glitter.

get your nails done before prom

If you’re on a tight budget, get your nails done before prom. You can do it yourself or go to a salon, but either way make sure to get the full set of nails done and have fun with the color.

If you want to go for something more subtle and sophisticated, choose a shade that coordinates with your dress. There are so many beautiful options out there! If you’re going for that look, try a light pink or burgundy shade (or maybe even an elegant nude).

When it comes to nail shape, think about what kinds of parties you’ll be attending after-prom: Are they formal? Will there be dancing? Will there be lots of photos? Make sure your nails are appropriate for whichever kind of event they’ll be used in by choosing one that works well with whatever activity comes up next! For example: If I’m going out tonight then tomorrow morning I’m having brunch with my parents—and then later tonight I’ll probably go bar hopping; these are all good examples because they all require different kinds of socializing. So if I wanted something thick enough where people wouldn’t feel uncomfortable holding hands—but also thin enough so people could still see my ring finger through its cuticle—then I’d go with acrylics instead since those tend not only last longer than gel polish but also don’t require buffing prior removal time frame (not everyone has time).

If any part looks like it could use some extra sparkle then definitely add glitter! Pick something bright like iridescent white glitter which will show up nicely against any color base coat underneath

choose a color that coordinates with your dress

The first thing you should think about is what color your dress is. If you’re wearing a black dress, your nails should be dark colors. You can go for a dark shade of red or purple—or even black! If you are wearing a white dress, choose light colors for your nails. Light pinks and blues are perfect for this situation; try something like Tiffany Blue or Sea Organdy if they’re more in line with your style.

choose a nail shape

Choosing the right nail shape for your glitter prom nails is a crucial step for making them look good.

Square nails are very popular, but oval nails are also popular. Oval nails can be a great choice if you want to show off your beautiful hands but don’t want to draw too much attention to yourself.

use an iridescent glitter for extra sparkle

You can use an iridescent glitter for extra sparkle. Iridescent glitters are a type of glitter that changes color depending on the angle you look at it from, and they come in a variety of colors. They’re great for gradients, ombré nails, and just about any other design where you want your nails to look like they’re glowing with rainbow light!

You can also combine iridescent with other types of glitter for even more sparkle. For example, try mixing it with holo (which has a holographic rainbow effect) or matte (which is just plain shiny).

do an ombré gradient for a cool look

As you can see, there are many ways to get a glitter manicure. No matter what method you choose, be sure to have fun with it and don’t hesitate to experiment!

try doing fades or gradients with glitter

One of the best ways to jazz up your glitter manicure is to use tape. If you’re feeling ambitious, try creating a geometric design on one of your nails using tape and then paint over it.

When using tape for nail art, remember that not all tapes are the same. Make sure the brand you choose isn’t too thick or crinkly so that it doesn’t show through when applied to your nails. Try using different brands until you find one that works best for you!

Another way to get creative with glitter is by layering it over other colors of polish instead of just plain white or black base coats. When doing this, make sure both bases have dried before applying any top coat as well as remove any excess brush strokes before drying completely so they don’t cause smudges later down the line (this can be done by simply holding each finger up against light source).

use tape to create a geometric design

While you’re waiting for your nails to dry, consider what design you want to use on your nails. Tape is a great way to create a geometric design on your nails. You can use tape to create a geometric design on your nails and let the tape serve as part of the nail art itself. Tape can be used in several ways when creating nail art, including using it as a stencil or leaving space between pieces of tape so that they appear like tiny bubbles floating in space against an empty black background. If you want to make sure you don’t get any paint in between the spaces in this method, put down some paper towels first before applying the paint!

use rhinestones for some added glamour

To take your nails to the next level, use rhinestones to add glamour. Rhinestones are a great way to accent your nails and make them look fancy. They can also be used to decorate your nails or make them sparkly so you can stand out from the crowd.

get the best base coat you can afford to help keep your manicure on as long as possible

The first step to a lasting manicure is getting the best base coat you can afford. Base coats help protect your nails from the harsh chemicals in nail polish, and they also help prevent staining on your natural nails. A good base coat should be applied before putting on any color polish, so it’s important to make sure that you have one handy before starting your manicure! You can find quality base coats at most beauty supply stores or online from various brands like Essie and OPI.

gold glitter looks stunning on every skin tone

While gold glitter is a great choice for prom nails, it’s also a wonderful alternative to more traditional and predictable colors. If you’re looking for something that flatters your skin tone, gold glitter is a timeless choice. Gold is universal, and will look gorgeous no matter what your complexion is! This can be worn with any outfit – whether you prefer short and sweet or long and luxurious.

There are so many ways to wear glitter prom nails

There are so many ways to wear glitter prom nails. Create a glitter gradient on your cheeks, or add a few sparkles to your eyes for an extra bit of glitz. You could even make them the focus of your look by adding them around the edges of your lips!

Just make sure not to overdo it with too much glitter—it’s best when used in moderation (and only on one nail). You don’t want people at prom saying “what’s up with her face?” instead of “how beautiful are those nails?”


If you want to wear glitter nails, don’t be afraid to try different styles. You can use glitter on your fingers, toes or both! If you have an idea in mind, just go ahead and do it. There are so many options when it comes to glitter prom nails; there is something for everyone!

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