Cute Christmas Glitter Nails You Need To Try

My favorite color is GLITTER. And the holidays actually require glitter. Yup, it's a fact, I just decided. But seriously, the holidays give us an excuse to throw a little glitter on everything, and nails are no exception.

But with everything that has gone on this year, my celebrations this Christmas are a bit more subdued. I wanted something easy, fast, classic, but definitely with some sparkle. Enter the nails you've got to try: Christmas Glitter Nails.

I have tried this idea about 8 different ways over the past year, and this method is my favorite, and the best.

You'll need-

  • red polish (I prefer the orange-reds, as they make a good contrast to the gold glitter)
  • fine gold glitter
  • glitter pen (try Amazon. I use this pen all the time, for lots of crafts)
    • clear top coat
    • receptacle for catching the extra glitter
    • small brush
    • baby wipes, tape--for stray glitter bits
How to--
  • Paint your nails red and allow to dry fully. I've done this with white, green, gold, and silver polishes as well, but kept coming back to the red.
  • Take the glue pen and draw your shape. This glue looks blue at first and then turns white. I've tried all sorts of shapes and such, but trees looked the most recognizable.
  • Shake a tiny bit of glitter (I went a little crazy in the pic above, so don't add that much!) over the glue design.
  • You know those brush applicators that come in compacts? You'd normally throw them away, right? Use the small brush to sweep away the glitter, leaving you with the cutest gold glitter tree. I wait a few seconds after dusting the glitter to remove the excess.
  • Seal with a top coat, if desired.
How cute are these? They're super easy, I promise. I find it best not to think too hard on this to make it perfect. When I do that, it never looks like I want. Don't think, just do.

But Elle, I messed up--HELP:
  • Glue didn't turn out how I'd like:
    • Wipe it off. Boom. Draw again.
  • The glitter design doesn't look right:
    • I do not suggest outlines of shapes or words in cursive. These are too tedious to clean up.
    • Again, wipe it away. You shouldn't have to repaint your nails. 
    • Try less glitter next time. I know, I can't believe I typed that sentence.
Don't forget:
  • Use different colors of glitter. Use different shades of polish. Choose whatever design you'd like--a snowman is super cute. Design every nail. Glitter just one nail, like I did.

Extra Elle:
  • Finally decorated for Christmas! 
  • I had LOTS of big plans Saturday, but I slept through all of them, including seeing my niece (she turned 2 on Sunday) and nephew. That's how you know I was sick. I never nap. Feeling MUCH better.
  • Watched the Frank Sinatra 100th birthday tribute last night. It was SO good and everyone brought their A game. Stellar performances.


  1. great result..i love this nail art

  2. Love it! Its indeed perfect for Christmas. Love the result.

  3. They turned out so cute! I'm not very good at nail art but I might have to give this a try! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  4. This is just so adorable and easy to make. Im inlove! Hope you have a lovely day.

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  5. Yes! Christmas requires alllllll the glitter! This is such a good idea!

  6. You always make nail look so easy! Love the gold tree, too cute! Glad you're feeling better!


    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

  7. I wouldn't have thought to try regular glitter and a glue pen on nails! What a great idea and super cute!

  8. Glad you're feeling better, and YES to the Frank Sinatra special last night - amazing! Loving your nails, and my favorite color is glitter too <3

    Green Fashionista

  9. These are so cute! Great idea Elle :)

  10. These are just the cutest! Love the idea of add a glitter tree to the basic red nails! I feel like I would totally mess this up though haha! It looks perfect on you!!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  11. Super cute indeed:) And good to hear you're feeling better, Elle. XOXO

  12. cute nails! i wouldn't have thought it'd be that easy really :) glad you're feeling better!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  13. I need to grow my nails out just a bit more to be able to do this!! Such a cute nail art design Elle! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  14. Yay for finally decorating for Christmas!! Sad to hear you missed out on Saturday but I've learned I must listen to my body when I'm down for the count. That craft pen is one of my favorite things for quick glue but I never thought to use it for nails. Score!

  15. I just love this! so festive! I'm not sure I could do it myself but maybe the hubs could. Hehe! I'm with you on the big plans for the weekend...I didn't get much accomplished either. Glad you are feeling better, though!

  16. Love your nails!!So fun and festive.

  17. This is super cute Elle!! I agree that glitter is a must during the holiday time, and I love the little Christmas tree design! Gold is my favorite :)

  18. Love the little tutorial! I have an entire box of different glitter vials, many of which are the Martha Stewart brand actually! The glitter is so fine and sparkly! I love using it.

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  19. Your nails are adorable and so festive! I'm going to have to try this!

    Doused In Pink

  20. WOW, what a fabulous design. You are soooo talented, lady!

  21. My favorite color is also glitter! I love this idea and wish I was coordinated enough to do it!

  22. What a fun and easy idea! I love it! I'm sorry to hear you were sick, but I'm glad you're feeling better now. Happy holidays!

  23. Such a beautiful red shade! This looks like nail art even I could do. (; I hope you feel better real soon!

  24. What a cute manicure and perfect for the season too! Glad you're felling much better, Elle, being sick is no fun. Hugs!

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  25. Pretty color!
    Have a nice evening!
    Angela Donava

  26. Your nails look so cute!!! I think I am going to try this out for the week of Christmas! Glad that you got your decor up and are feeling better :)

  27. I missed many of your posts, due to the eye pain that comes from time to time, but now I saw that you were sick and now feeling better - I hope so! As for the nails, since you promised this is easy to do and it looks so cute, I will give it a try! I loved the result and I like red with gold!

  28. So cute! I need to get myself a glue pen! I have all of the other supplies :) All of your nail decor posts are so fun and easy!


  29. This is so cute! I never would think to use glue and glitter on my nails!

  30. This is super cute! I haven't even thought of my Christmas mani for this year. lol

  31. Glad you're feeling better! Sometimes I think our bodies just need rest and we need to sleep. Those nails are so pretty; you are so talented to be able to do that!

  32. that is so cute. i would have never thought about the glue!

  33. Now, this is the one of the cutest manicures I've seen for the holidays. Simple and stylish.
    Stylish Foodie 2.0

  34. STOP GIVING ME IDEAS FOR NAILS!!! Seriously, I want to try everything you suggest.

    Glad you hear that you're feeling better. Being sick on a weekend is absolutely no fun at all.

  35. Now how did you know I love me some glitter nails Elle? lol. I absolutely can't wait to try out this tip. This should be a fun weekend.

    Kia / KTS

  36. Glitter is my favorite color too! You have now identified the ONE case where more glitter is not better ;) I watched part of the Frank Sinatra tribute too. I thought everyone did a great job!

  37. How festive is that?!?!!? ... I'd have to go with something VERY simple - like just a glitter nail :) haha

    Glad you're feeling better!

  38. Very cute design. Very festive. I like the snowman idea. Sorry you are sick again.

  39. Super cute and festive! Hope you are feeling better Elle!

  40. I love, love, love these! So Christmassy! Perfect with the glitter!

  41. Such cute and festive nails. I need to re-do mine tomorrow. Have a great week.


  42. This is so cute, and I love that shade of red.

  43. Such a cute idea and looks fairly easy too. Win - win!

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  44. How fun are these nails?! I love the glitter!


  45. This is seriously the cutest thing ever! I need to try this for the holidays!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  46. My favorite color is glitter too! But yeah this is such a fun thing and I have never tried this before and it seems so easy. This is definitely something I need to try.

    Curvy Mod

  47. This is adorable!! Such a fun tutorial and I love that you could really make it work for any time of year (like a little heart for Valentine's day!). Love it. Sorry you were sick this weekend, but I'm glad you're feeling better!

  48. This just might be something I can actually do. Haha!


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