- Orange Wood Stick
- Yellow Block Buffer
- Nail File
- Aveda’s Beautifying Composition
- Aveda’s Cuticle Control
- Cotton Rounds
- Nail Polish Remover – I used Zoya’s “Remove +” (it nourishes your nails as you use it)
- Base & Top Coat – Zoya’s “Anchor” & “Armor”
- Nail Polish Color
- Fine point paint brush
Prep time: 5 minutes
Polish time: 30 minutes
Art design: 20-30 minutes
Drying time: At least 30 minutes to be safe.
Step 1: File nails with your nail file. When finished, apply a Cuticle Control to your cuticles, I always use Aveda’s. Let sit on for 5 minutes, then rinse off. Push back cuticles with an orange stick.
Step 2: Apply a hydrating oil to cuticle area and massage into nail beds to add hydration. Buff nails with your yellow block buffer as this will allow for a smooth surface.
Step 3: Prep nails for polish with nail polish remover. This step is really important! Any oil or lotion that is on your nail won’t allow the polish to adhere and dry properly. Next, apply a thin base coat.
Step 4: Apply 2 color coats to nails, giving about 10-20 seconds to dry in between each layer. Applying thin coats is important so it can drop properly and evenly. Let nails dry for 5-10 minutes before starting art.
For this design, I used the following colors:
Step 5: Using your paint brush, make the outline for your glitter by painting a diagonal line down. Then fill in by painting downward to the tip of your nails. Give it about 30 seconds to 1 minute to dry and then layer another coat of glitter. Continue until you achieve your desired look.
Step 7: Once your art has set for about 5 minutes, apply a thin top coat. Make sure to cap the edges of your nails to seal everything in, too! This step helps your polish application to last a lot longer.If you did use the Zoya system, Finish with Zoya’s drying drops to help speed up drying time. Give nail polish about 30 minutes to fully dry, though Zoya sets in about 10 minutes.