Fear No: MAC Pro Glitter Gel Manicure Thursday 09 August, 2012

I make no bones about the fact that I love glitter. I would roll around in a tub of it if I could. And I read a tweet today by Man Repeller‘s Leandra Medine that reaffirmed my love of glitter (or at least made me feel like I have glitter allies). I quote it as […]

I make no bones about the fact that I love glitter. I would roll around in a tub of it if I could. And I read a tweet today by Man Repeller‘s Leandra Medine that reaffirmed my love of glitter (or at least made me feel like I have glitter allies). I quote it as so: “I think if more people took glitter seriously the need for Prozac would cease to exist.” End quote. And agreed.

So, my first true glitter gel manicure is worth talking about. Because, seriously, I got so many remarks—all positive, so I really should say, “compliments”—I can’t even tell you. I was stopped on the street repeatedly. I was pulled aside at events. I was hailed by taxis. (OK, not really.) These degradé glitter nails were beacons of light and happiness to so many people. And in Manhattan, I don’t have to tell you that people need some added happiness and a load of light.

 MAC Glitter Silver and Gold Mani

How did I do them? Well, I’ll divulge a little of my secret: I did an at-home gel manicure.

First: I applied the gel base coat, then cured it.

Second: Then I applied a coat of clear gel and gently pressed MAC Pro Glitter in 3D Silver into the wet gel over the entire nail. I used a concealer brush to pick up the glitter and press it in; the concealer brush is perfect because it’s not only small, but also the bristles are synthetic, so they can deal with the gel better. Then I cured it.

Third: I applied a second coat of clear gel, and then picked up MAC Pro Glitter in Marigold and pressed it into the wet gel near the cuticle area. Then I cured it.

Finally: I applied a layer of gel top coat and cured it.

The last step may require you to “float” the gel—meaning, apply it thicker so you don’t feel any of the glitter granules poking through your gel.

I like to use MAC Pro Glitter (which may be hard to find, but worth the hunt); it’s a little bit bigger than most of the glitter that is made especially for nail art. However, CND co-founder Jan Arnold always tells me to get Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter because “it’s the best.” And she should know: The woman has the most awesome, fashion-forward nails out there.

Why you too should have no fear: Because glitter isn’t just for school children. I can’t reiterate this enough. Having all 10 digits shine so brightly really does attract positive attention. But, I like to give you alternatives to some of the more outré beauty I feature, so if this is a little too much “sparkle motion” (look up the reference, I dare you) , do a “bling” finger. That is: Only do it on one nail, preferably your ring finger. Or, just gussy up the cuticle area with some glitter. And then, kick the Prozac, as Leandra tweets.

Would you wear a glitter manicure like this? How would you make it more subtle—if you had to, of course?

Karie L. Frost Signature

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