2.09.2015

How To: Glitter Heart Nails

Hey you! Maybe it was the amazing weather this weekend, maybe it was that spring is on the way, or maybe that I just happen to think pink+glitter+hearts=excellent combination, but I had to recreate one of my favorite nail art ideas for Valentine's Day. It's so easy, takes a minute to do, and can be easily customized. Are you ready? Let's check out this How To: Glitter Heart Nails tutorial.



You'll Need--

  • glue pen (mine is from Amazon.com, but Martha Stewart makes a great one. This one you don't have to squeeze, you just write/draw)
  • glitter (I chose fine glitter in gold, but choose any color you like)
  • polish (this one is from SinfulColors, but choose any color you'd like)
  • clear top coat--optional
  • optional: small brush to aid in glitter removal
1-Paint a coat of whatever color polish you choose. I chose pink.

2-Using your glue pen, draw a heart on your desired nail(s). A glue pen is one of my FAVE diy items. This one is blue at first and doesn't make a thick design. I chose one nail as an accent, but you can do all of them if you like!

 3- Shake on the glitter! I use fine glitter so it's not as raised on my nail, just small and dainty. FYI: I don't like using glitter glue because it is thick and takes forever to dry. It also leaves it raised making it easier to snag and come off of my nail.

I usually shake the glitter over a sealable container so I can save the excess glitter (#teamfrugal). And then I use a small brush to brush way the glitter from around the heart. You know those tiny, unusable brushes that come in eye shadow compacts? I keep them and use them for nail art!

That's it! Add a top coat to seal the deal if you'd like. Other ideas I've done and thought you might like:

  • glitter dots--these are so cute and easy
  • glitter bows--for the more adventurous
  • glitter letters--I've done "l-o-v-e" (a letter on each nail with a heart)
  • EASIEST--Use permanent markers (like I did in this tutorial or this one) to draw the heart.
Extra Elle:
  • The weather was AMAZING this weekend. I found just about any excuse I could to be outside. How was YOUR weekend?
  • I spent Sunday cleaning my house from top to bottom--I'm talking ceiling fans, crown molding, baseboards, the curtains, all of it. Dust be GONE!
  • I leave for Walt Disney World this weekend!! I think that's why I was in such a mood to clean. I love coming back from vacation to a clean house. Are you that way?
  • I watched a little of the Grammys (I was getting caught up on Downton Abbey), but I saw Beck win Album of the Year--um, what?? And Kayne 's-fake-rush-followed-rant-afterword-stunt. -.-


56 comments:

  1. This is splendid Elle. I liked the shades you have chosen for this nail art :D

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  2. I would have never thought to use a glue pen for nail art, what a great idea! This is so adorable too!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  3. I never thought of using glue pens on nails! Cool tip, Elle:)

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  4. I never thought to use a glue pen before! Your nails look so pretty! I always clean before vacation too. I'm with you, I want a spotless house to come home to! Have a great trip!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  5. You always have the greatest ideas for the holiday, I shouldn't have expected any less for Valentine's day. Very cute! Besides, I love pink and gold. They are my wedding colors!

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  6. Such a fun manicure!!! Love the gold heart!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  7. So simple yet so chic and feminine. I love that you chose an almost-nude pink so those pretty gold hearts pop.

    Happy Valentine's Week, Elle!! Have fun and enjoy the holiday!!


    <3 Ada.

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  8. So cute! Have a wonderful time in Disney World!

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  9. That's a lovely idea, Elle! =D

    NEW POST on http://whattostyle.blogspot.com/

    xoxo,
    Jessica

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  10. That is SO cute and surprisingly easy! I love the idea of using a glue pen. You are so full of fun tricks and tips!

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  11. Simple and elegant!
    I just saw part of the Grammys. Ehh. We bought "Downton Abbey" on iTunes and binge watched it last weekend. Oh granny!

    xoxo,
    little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  12. SOOO cute! i love your nails :) i watched DA instead of the grammys..it was such a good episode! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  13. I need some hearts on my nails stat! I hope you have a great trip to Disney, I'm so jealous!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  14. Le sigh...seriously obsessing over this DIY, Elle! I must buy a glue pen stat!

    xx

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  15. This is super cute! I love coming home to a clean house after vacation, too. It's an absolute necessity for me. I watched the Grammy's last night as well, and I had no idea Beck even had a new album out haha

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  16. Perfect little Valentines Day nails!

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  17. I never would have thought to use glue, would have just tried a clear nail polish. You did a great job, that pink color is fabulous for this time of year.

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  18. That glitter heart is the cutest Elle!! And you used glue? So cool!

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  19. You make that look so easy!! I do NOT have a steady hand for nail polish! Wish you were around to do mine! <3 - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  20. LOVE this! Looks like I need to get myself a glue pen - and how smart are you to save those useless eyeshadow compact brushes for nail art?! Genius. I watched all of the Grammy's so I have to go back and watch last night's Downton ... was it a good one? Happy Monday! (psst - so jealous you're headed to Disney! The hubs and I are considering going there for our anniversary in the fall).

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  21. These are the cutest thing ever!! And it looks simple to do!! Where do you get your glue pen? Is it specifically for nails or just a regular glue pen? Have a ball at Disney! That is our favorite place!! Susan

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  22. This turned out so cute! I wish i was this good at nail art.
    Beautetude

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  23. SO cute! I really want to play around with nail art for Valentine's Day!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  24. Such a cute idea! Now I need to try this for V-Day!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  25. So cute. I want to do this!

    I'm glad you're enjoying nice weather. Up here in NY, it's cold and miserable. I'm going to visit Atlanta in three weeks but, sadly, I won't have a chance to see you. Normally I get a hotel room and rental car when I travel for freedom of movement but this time I'm staying with a friend at her house and she's planning the entire trip. I'll see you next time for sure.

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  26. I loved the glitter heart, so sweet! And the base nail polish you wore, one of my favorite colors! You are leaving to Disney, soooo cool! You are right, who doesn't like coming back to a clean house? Besides, having all cleaned from time to time in one go is very good to the soul!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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  27. This is soooo cute! I am totally loving neutral and gold nails right now!

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  28. This is such a fun and cute idea! The weather was amazing here this weekend, too. I definitely hope an early spring is on the way!

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  29. Such a cute way to add a little design. I totally missed the Grammy's watching the Walking Dead but Julian Edelman, yum! Walt Disney World!! Fun!

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  30. I will totally be rocking these this week! Thanks for the tips Elle. Though I'm a bit defeated that I didn't think of that one myself. (;

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  31. So stinkin' simple!!!! And looks great. What a fantastic idea.

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  32. LOVE this! I rarely take the time to do my nails, but I might just have to do this one, it's so fun! I need to get your cleaning energy...you're right coming home to a clean house is the best. Have fun at Walt Disney!

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  33. That is such a cute tutorial, Elle and an easy one too! Love it!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  34. so adorable!! the weather this past weekend was amazing, it definitely made me want to be all spring and pastel like lol

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  35. I plan on doing my nail like this tomorrow. I love coming home to a clean house after vacation

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  36. Have fun on your Disney trip this week!! Are you planning to go to all the parks? I'll be at Epcot on Saturday!

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  37. This is such a cute idea!! Great way to paint your nails for Valentine's Day if you don't have anything to wear that has a heart on it!

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  38. Such a perfect DIY Elle!! we're loving it, and will of course have to give it a try!

    xx 365Hangers

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  39. Ahhh your little glitter heart is so cute! The weather was just amazing this weekend, wasn't it?? I was wearing 3/4 sleeves Sat and a short sleeve top yesterday. Just awesome!

    I am totally jealous of your trip to Disney. I am with you on wanting to come back to a clean house! That is just the best feeling.

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  40. Wow I love this mani, the Sinful polish is just gorgeous. I would have never thought about a glue pen before, great tutorial :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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  41. I love any nail art tutorials that don't require me to be an artist lol. This is so super cute and glitter is always good!

    Ivy xx
    Style Life Lovely

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  42. I'm going to attempt to try this! Hope it turns out as good as yours :)

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  43. I'm going to attempt to try this! Hope it turns out as good as yours :)

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  44. Cute nail tutorial! Great idea to make decorating with glitter easy! :-)

    <a href="www.frommyvanity.com/>Katie // From My Vanity</a>

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  45. This is so adorable! I love the glitter heart!

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  46. This is adorable and a great idea. You always give so many helpful tips and tricks that you have, that make this seem doable to me. Trust me, I am horrible at DIYs and nail art, but I love the tips you give. With some practice and your advice I think I can pull this off! I agree that the fine glitter is beautiful and love that you explained that it was much better than thicker glitter or glitter glue!

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

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  47. this turned out so well, thanks for the guide Elle!

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  48. So cute! Will have to give this a try. I wonder if regular ol' Elmers will work.

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  49. cuuuute!! love the gold on pink.

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