I’ve been making a lot of glitters lately. (Surprise!) Although I’m a glitter troll, it has to be a very specific kind of glitter. I’m not crazy about rough glitter and I generally prefer smooth to chunky. My favorite is fine glitter in a jelly base, like China Glaze Emerald Sparkle or Ruby Pumps. They have the formula dead on. But aside from a couple colors, there’s not a lot in this formula. What to do…?
The secret is to make a translucent base and to get the right kind of glitter. The base has to be a bit see-through, or else the glitter will clump up and you won’t be able to see it. But the base also needs to be colored, or you’ll have bare spots on the nail. Try to make a base that is colored but allows light to pass through. You should be able to see your nail line in one coat but with a distinct color on the nail.
After you’ve gotten the base color down, choose a coordinating color of smooth, fine glitter. Test your glitter first-many glitters will turn silver when they react with the nail polish- the chemicals strip off the glitter color. The price of the glitter does not seem to be related to the colorfastness. I have had excellent luck with MAC Glitters but they are pricey.
Here’s an orange glitter jelly that I made with 3 drops Essie Jelly Apple, 8 drops of OPI Lemonade Stand by Your Man, and then mixed. I added about 5 drops of clear polish. So the mix is 30% red, 70% yellow, and then add half that much clear polish.
I then put in the glitter. Here’s what I got:
The finish was totally smooth. I used two pretty thick coats, no topcoat because I wanted to mattify it!
Here it is with a coat of Essie’s Matte About You:
I couldn’t stop playing with this one! I did some Konad and added clear polish to the tips, but the Konad wasn’t really sticking properly to the matte: