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Nail Tip – The Glitter Polish “Dab, Dip & Glide” Tutorial

Chunky glitter nail polish is both a pleasure and a pain. What looks like a party in a bottle can be a total bummer to work with if you approach it like a traditional lacquer. Recently, I’ve had a few friends and readers ask me about the best way to apply glitters, complaining of lumpy, bumpy results.

What better way to explain my “dab, dip & glide” technique than to show you. Check out my quick & dirty nail tutorial with the new Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots color, Blue Marks The Spot.

The Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots limited edition colors officially launch in July 2013 but are already popping up on store shelves. Maybelline nail polish retails for $3.99/ea and a full review is in the works.

Share your favorite glitter nail polish application tricks in the comments!

Disclosure: Product samples were provided by Maybelline. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Carrie G. says:

    This is exactly what I needed…thank you, thank you, thank you!

  2. Kara says:

    I agree with Carrie G.! I have this great indie nail polish with glitter being the main feature, and I’ve been struggling to find the best way to apply it and show off its true awesomeness!

  3. hb13 says:

    Great tutorial. Thank you!

  4. Amanda says:

    What a handy tip! I’ll be sure to try this the next time I use a hard-to-work-with glitter polish.

  5. Sarah M says:

    Thanks for the good video. I learn something new about applying nail polish. Dab, Dip & Glide seem a good technique because I used to apply the nail polish without dabbing it. And I only apply it once or twice. I guess I will try different approach and try the Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots too.

  6. Shelley says:

    This is exactly the kind of tutorial I’ve been looking for! Thank you!

    Aporia x

  7. Helen says:

    Thanks for posting this! super helpful! Can you also do a guide on how to achieve glitter gradients? I never know how to place the glitter where I want it – it always “clumps up” in 1 or 2 spots!!

  8. Mary says:

    Hi! I have this glitter nail polish that’s kinda opaque. When I apply it, the nail polish covers up the glitter. What should I do?
    This is the nail polish: http://thelazylaquerista.blogspot.ca/2013/07/darling-diva-polish-bubble-time.html I can’t seem to achieve the look this blogger gets with the polish.

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      Hi Mary! I’m not familiar with that polish so I’m not really sure of the best to apply it. Have you tried emailing the brand or the blogger you linked to? Maybe she has some tips on how she applied it.

  9. Heather says:

    Thank you so much! This tutorial is exactly what I needed. I purchased my first chunky glitter polish recently and I was wondering what I was doing wrong with the application. After trying your method, I got the results I was looking for. ?

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