Nail Polish Sunday #3–Red glitter with a side of red glitter!

It’s that time once again! Nail polish Sunday. This week I’m doing red glitter nails in honor of Christmas. While it’s tempting to do an elaborate design to celebrate the festive occasion, I also have a pile of presents to gift wrap (which is my favorite part of Christmas!) and a fridge of food to prepare. So today’s nails are both quick and easy to do, and simple and durable enough to last through all the preparations.

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I’ll be using two very similar shades of red glitter polishes. On the left is China Glaze Ruby Pumps, a jewel-red jelly with red micro glitter. On the right is OPI Gettin’ Miss Piggy With It, which is a mix of large and small flecks of red glitter with bits of large silver glitter mixed in.

I started out with two coats of Ruby Pumps on the whole nail. This color is gorgeous by itself! If you look closely, you can still just make out the tips of my nails in the photo. So, if you do wear it alone, I recommend using 3 coats for full coverage.

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Two coats of Ruby Pumps

Next, I applied two coats of Gettin’ Miss Piggy With It to the tips of the nails. The large flecks of glitter in Gettin Miss Piggy With It are great for catching the light, but can be a bit overwhelming when worn across the whole nail. It also tends to drink in the top coat, leaving the nails feeling slightly rough after they dry. So, I applied it as if I were doing a french manicure. Since these two colors are so similar, there’s no need to worry about keeping the line tidy or consistent. Just brush a couple quick coats onto the tips and voila…

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The end result is that the tips of the nails have an extra flash of sparkle in the light, and the polish still retains a smooth, glossy finish once its dry.

Are you doing a festive manicure for your nails? Leave me a note in the comments, I’d love to hear about it!

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