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The Unexpected Nail Trend That Will Be Everywhere This Summer

With nail salons back open for business, my Saved folder on Instagram is rapidly filling up with manicure inspiration for the season ahead, and I’ve noticed one unexpected look that’s trending right now: glitter nails. Yes, while pastel hues and cute nail art still look set to be classic summer staples, the coolest girls are dressing up their nails with sparkly polishes and pops of shimmer. And I’m not mad about it. After all, while glitter nails have traditionally been popular during the winter months, the fact that party season was nonexistent last year means that glitter is coming out to play this summer instead.

Glitter Nails

Photo:

@betina_goldstein

Still need some convincing? While glitter nails might conjure images of 7-year-old you at a birthday party, this nail trend is surprisingly wearable. In fact, from minimalist hints of shimmer to full-frontal sparkle, there are so many ways to embrace twinkly nails. Ahead, I’ve pulled together some of my favourite glitter nail looks right now and the polishes you’ll need to re-create them at home.

#1: Negative-Space Shimmer

Glitter Nails

Photo:

@betina_goldstein

The grown-up way to wear glitter? With a negative-space manicure, of course. Leaving lots of natural, glossy nail shining through means this glitter nail look feels fresh and ready for sunshine season. 

Glitter Nails

Photo:

@thehangedit

Placing the glitter polish at the sides of the nails rather than the tips gives this mani a modern feel.

Glitter Nails

Photo:

@paintboxnails

Keeping the centre of the nail bare means that mixing and matching your glitter polishes at the tip and base of your nails doesn’t feel too much.

Glitter Nails

Photo:

@varnishlane

Gold glitter tips look sparkly and fun.

Get the look:
Nails Inc Plant Power Plant Based Vegan Base Coat
Nails Inc
Plant Power Plant Based Vegan Base Coat
£15
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My Mood Nail Polish Attitude
My Mood
Nail Polish Attitude
£5
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Wet n Wild Shine Nail Color in Kaleidoscope
Wet n Wild
Shine Nail Color in Kaleidoscope
£2
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Nails Inc Call of the Discoball Holographic Nail Polish
Nails Inc
Call of the Discoball Holographic Nail Polish
£11
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#2: Full-Frontal Glitter

Glitter Nails

Photo:

@oliveandjune

There’s nothing like an opaque slick of glitter nail polish to put an instant smile on my face. It looks so good and surprisingly chic in the sunlight.

Glitter Nails

Photo:

@oliveandjune

Why not opt for just one glitter-adorned nail if a full manicure feels too much?

Glitter Nails

Photo:

@betina_goldstein

The glitzier, the better. Look out for nail polishes with a chunky texture for an embellished glitter nail effect.

Glitter Nails

Photo:

@harrietwestmoreland

Glitter isn’t just about the silvers and glitters, you know. This lilac glitter nail look screams the ’90s to me. So fun.

Get the look:
Essie Gorge-ous Geodes Limited Edition Nail Polish in Semi Precious Tone
Essie
Gorge-ous Geodes Limited Edition Nail Polish in Semi Precious Tone
£8
£6
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Orly Inexhaustable Charm
Orly
Inexhaustable Charm
£12
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Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Colour in 258 Shooting Star
Sally Hansen
Insta-Dri Nail Colour in 258 Shooting Star
£5
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Nails Inc Showstopping Spitalfields Confetti Topper Nail Polish
Nails Inc
Showstopping Spitalfields Confetti Topper Nail Polish
£8
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#3: Nail-Art Sparkle

Glitter Nails

Photo:

@imarninails/

With salons reopening, nail art is having a huge resurgence in popularity, and glitter nails are up front and centre as one of the biggest trends. From sheer sparkly bases to intricate metallic designs, glitter adds both colour and texture to summer nail looks.  

Glitter Nails

Photo:

@paintboxnails

This half-and-half look is so cute, and the colour combination possibilities are endless.

Glitter Nails

Photo:

@paintboxnails

You have to look closely to spot that this simple nail design is created using a sparkling silver polish. It looks so beautiful when it catches the light.

Glitter Nails

Photo:

@hollyfalconenails

This psychedelic, ’70s-inspired manicure teams a two-tone glitter base with a bold flower design layered on top.

Get the look:
Barry M Nail Paint in Diamond Glitter
Barry M
Nail Paint in Diamond Glitter
£3
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OPI Bling It On! Nail Lacquer
OPI
Bling It On! Nail Lacquer
£14
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Nailberry Stardust
Nailberry
Stardust
£15
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Ciaté London The Cheat Sheets Nail Stickers Garden Party
Ciaté London
The Cheat Sheets Nail Stickers Garden Party
£16
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#4: Tinsel Tips

Glitter Nails

Photo:

@paintboxnails

This has to be one of my favourite ways to wear glitter nails—just a sprinkling of sparkle at the very tips as a subtle homage to the trend. 

Glitter Nails

Photo:

@harrietwestmoreland

This neat, rose gold–tipped French manicure looks so chic.

Glitter Nails

Photo:

@hollyfalconenails

These golden tips prove that glitter can really shine in the summer.

Glitter Nails

Photo:

@oliveandjune

A subtle dusting of sparkle at the tips of this glossy manicure will look good even as your nails grow out.

Get the look:
Rimmel London Glitter Low Coverage Nail Polish in Disco Diva
Rimmel London
Glitter Low Coverage Nail Polish in Disco Diva
£4
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Kure Bazaar Diva Glitter Nail Polish
Kure Bazaar
Diva Glitter Nail Polish
£15
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Nails Inc Santa Monica Beach Nude Nail Polish
Nails Inc
Santa Monica Beach Nude Nail Polish
£8
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Barry M Glitter Topcoat Nail Paint Fortune Teller
Barry M
Glitter Topcoat Nail Paint Fortune Teller
£3
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Up next, 72 nail-art pictures we’ve saved for our next trip to the salon.

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