Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Luck o' The Irish

Happy Saint Patrick's Day (in 2 days...)!! If you can't tell, almost all the nail bloggers out there have been beating the green stick to the bone this month. I'm no exception. Today I want to show you some GREEN GLITTER TIPS! Woo hoo!

Glitter tips are my absolute favorite. Some may call them boring, easy, too overdone... whatever. I love 'em. So, I figured I could give you a glitter tip tutorial! Here we go!!

Here is everything I used for this manicure. The nail polishes are CND Stickey, CND Super Shiney Top Coat, China Glaze In The Lime Light, China Glaze Watermelon Rind, China Glaze Sour Apple, and China Glaze Atlantis.

Glitter tips are fun because they're easy. They don't require a lot of effort. Next up, this is my essential step each time I put on nail polish. I use my brush and put acetone on the WHOLE NAIL (after washing my hands, of course).

This really helps get rid of any oils and dirt that can still be there after washing your hands. After I put the acetone on my nails, I added CND Stickey to the tips of my nails only. I only put it on the tips because it would get removed from the rest of the nail later on... so there's no point in putting it on the whole nail.

Next, I painted on 2 coats (only on the tips... messy is OK) in alternating order of China Glaze Watermelon Rind and China Glaze In The Lime Light. After 2 coats, it's a little messy and the tips are over-exaggerated and large.

If you're steady with your hand, you can leave it like that. Personally, I prefer to clean it up and make more of a curved smile line. I took acetone and my brush and freehand the smile line.

(The Hunk took this picture... what a gentleman)
 After painting the smile line onto each nail, they looked like this:

Sorry about that picture quality... it was night and my iPhone didn't like me. Now, I totally could have just left it like that. It looks really nice! BUT - they're not glitter tips if they're not slathered with glitter. DUH. So... I alternated China Glaze Sour Apple and China Glaze Atlantis to be painted over their respective light and dark greens. In the end, it turned out like this:

Fun! I had to show you the picture of my sweet spiky light-up bouncy ball. It's pretty cool, right?  So... what do you think of these green glitter tips? Are you going to test out your "luck o' the Irish" and give them a shot??


  1. great idea for St. Patrick's day nails :D

  2. Aw, I like this idea a lot!!! Thanks for this. :]

  3. Gorgeous as always! I never thought about just doing a brush-cleanup to get the great curved tip line. Duh! I am so unsteady, tips terrify me.

    You really ought to try Zoya Remove+ instead of cleaning your nail with acetone. It's pricey, but soooo much healthier for the nail!

  4. so pretty ! your tuto is great. too bad my nails are too short to do a glitter tips man ;(

  5. Thanks everyone! And thank you Ya Gotta Hand It To Me... definitely need to try that product :)

  6. Very pretty! :) I don't know if you received my email yet, but if you wouldn't mind emailing me your address in the next day or two, so I can send you the polish, that would be awesome! :)

  7. i definitely need to try that technique! thanks for the tip - i love the green glitter, and i suppose with it only being on the tips its not such a pain to remove! x

  8. Oh wow I am going to have try this, it looks very nice! :)


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