10 Glitter Manicures for When You're In the Mood for Extra Sparkle

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When it comes to manicures, the only rule is that there are no rules. If you feel like wearing black nail polish in the summer or neon yellow in the winter, then go for it. The same goes for glitter nail polish. Although it has traditionally been reserved for the holiday season, a sparkly mani is perfect for any time of year.

One of our favorite ways to wear glitter nail polish is by leveling up nail art with some extra sparkle, whether you're into minimalist or maximalist designs. (Yes, glitter can be subtle, too). To prove it to you, we've rounded up our favorite glitter manicures from top nail artists and nail polish brands.

Ahead, nine of the best glitter ideas for nails to inspire your own sparkly manicures.

1. A Speckled Swipe

Not only is this manicure impossible to mess up, but it can also be created with any nail polish color as the base. If you're in the market for a gold glitter nail polish, Paintbox's Gilded was used to create this design, just FYI.

2. Holographic Half Moons and Tips

This holographic manicure by Hang Nguyen combines two nail art classics: half moons and French tips. To level up the design, she uses Holo Taco holographic nail polishes in various colors.

3. Fine Lines

Yep, a glitter manicure can be minimalist. Case in point: these gold fine lines by Alicia Torello. Here, she paints the nail nude and uses a nail art brush to draw a clean gold line down the middle of the nail.

4. Colorful Dots

Betina Goldstein has given the timeless polka dot update by using colorful Essie Concrete Glitter nail polishes. And the beauty of this design is that it's easy to DIY — even if you're new to nail art. Simply use the round end of a bobby pin or cotton swab to place the dots on bare nails.

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5. Flower Power

Believe it or not, glitter nails are the perfect spring accessory. Case in point: this confetti-inspired look paired with neon green French tips. Upon first glance JinSoon's Daisy nail polish looks like typical specks of glitter, but they're actually shaped like flower petals.

6. Glitter and Pastels

A swipe of gold glitter lends an unexpected twist to a classic pastel manicure. Regardless of whether you've got short or long nails, an oval shape or square, this look will adapt to any and all nails.

7. Two-Toned Ombré

This optical ombré illusion is guaranteed to get compliments. Goldstein creates the effect by painting the nail with yellow gold Essie glitter polish, then adding a swipe of rose gold to one side.

8. Glitter French Manicure

The best part about a glitter French manicure is that you don't have to worry about drawing clean, precise lines. More so, you can mix and match fun color combinations like nail artist Miss Pop does with her charcoal gray base and sparkly gold tips.

9. "Pink Glitter Party"

This lovely pink mani is giving us heart eyes. The sparkle hits the light just right and we can't get enough. While these "Pink Glitter Party" nails are actually press-ons by Olive & June, you can achieve a similar look with polish: OPI Nail Lacquer in Pixel Dust.

10. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

A nighttime sky full of twinkly stars is nature's own glitter and serves as perfect inspiration for a sparkly manicure. Manicurist Steph Stone combined Essie glitter polishes with a few star-shaped sequins for this celestial nail design.

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