Sparkly Nude Nails

Nude nails with gold glitterI’ve been on something of an accessories kick recently, but the one fashion detail I haven’t mentioned are pretty painted nails. A manicure makes whatever you’re wearing look polished. Ditto for toenails if one is wearing sandals. In my twenties and thirties I loved traditional colors and would go on long quests to find the “perfect” nude, white or red. Over the last few years I’ve found myself buying polish in a wider range of colors. I’ve dipped into bright blue, teal, shimmery sea green, and navy blue as well as tomato red, bright pink and a whole bunch of glitter polishes. As much as I like the wild colors I always seem to find my way back to my favorite simple nude shades.

Wild nails colors and incredible nail art are a big trend at the moment, however, and those classic nude colors can seem a little dull in comparison. When I found this photo of nude nail polish with big flecks of gold glitter, I knew I had to try the look myself. It’s neither too boring nor too wild.

For the nude base coat I painted my nails with two coats of “Private Viewing” by Wet n Wild. Its a fairly opaque peachy-flesh-colored polish with a tiny amount of shimmer. This brand lasts for days on my nails without chipping so I thought it would be a good color to use to keep the polish on all weekend. (Indeed, you can see from the images that it had already started to grow out when I took the shots.)

The obvious choice for the random sized gold glitter top coat was the fabulous “Boom Boom Pow” by Deborah Lippmann. Unfortunately it’s kind of expensive, but I’ve looked for a dupe at the drugstore for ages without any luck.  Sephora sells a polish that looks almost the same called Only Gold for Me. I waited until the nude color had dries completely and then painted two coats of the gold glitter on top.

Nude nails with gold glitter

Nude nails with gold glitterWhat did you wear on your nails this weekend?



24 Responses to Sparkly Nude Nails

  1. Pam
    January 28, 2013 at 5:08 am #

    Now these are fun!! Thanks for sharing!
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  2. Jeannie
    January 28, 2013 at 7:13 am #

    This is pretty!
    Not over the top for someone like me who doesn’t wear any nail polish for the most part. I wish I had the time to pay more attention to my nails….actually, I’m just too lazy. 🙂
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    • Heather Fonseca January 28, 2013 at 10:12 am #

      I love getting my nails done, but painting my own has been something of a challenge. I try to paint them every Friday, so they look good for the weekend.

  3. nofearoffashion January 28, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    Unfortunately nothing on my nails. Forbidden by the docter as I have a nasty bacteria, lying in wait to attack my nails. So I am very careful not to do anything with my nails.
    Used to have gel nails, bright red, for 10 years. Sigh….
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    • Heather Fonseca January 28, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

      Aw, sorry Greetje! I know you told me you can’t wear polish anymore.

    January 28, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    Pretty with your complexion! Your simple gold band is the same as my white gold one.

    Re: Your comment – Yes, I know The Divinitus blog; it is excellent. I have been a follower for years.

    My nails are bare. I’ve been working in the studio which is not always conducive to nicely polished nails.

    • Heather Fonseca January 28, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

      Yeah, I know what you mean about working in the studio. I usually keep my nails bare during the week, because I can’t keep most polish on for more than a couple days with all the work I do with my hands.

  5. SACRAMENTO January 28, 2013 at 11:43 am #

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  6. Suzanne January 28, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    Very pretty and subtle! Must try this:)

    • Heather Fonseca January 28, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

      Thank you Suzanne. I’m glad you like the look. I was pleased with it.

  7. Nanne January 29, 2013 at 2:37 am #

    Pretty! I’ve seen some similar versions on other websites and it’s definitely something I’d like to try. My nails are natural this week, but I’ll give myself a thorough manicure in the weekend:)
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    • Heather Fonseca January 30, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

      I always try to paint my nails for he weekend. It always makes me feel a little more special. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  8. mystyle January 29, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    Hi there! Your nails look great-sparkly and stylish, a lovely colour choice!
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    • Heather Fonseca January 30, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

      Thanks! Glad you like the colors.

  9. Spashionista (Alicia)
    January 29, 2013 at 9:33 am #

    Alas, I’m not coordinated enough to do my nails. Because of my Cerebral Palsy I end up with painted fingers at best. It’s actually pretty comical to watch…hmm, I think I see a potential YouTube video idea ;-P
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    • Heather Fonseca January 30, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

      I’m sorry Alicia. I suppose you could have them done?

  10. Alexis Grace January 29, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    I got a mani/pedi today for the first time in forever- and I finally feel a little bit more like me! My mom and I talked about how important it is to feel well groomed… and doing so with a bit of personality is the great thing about painted nails!

    I went with a VERY soft soft pink with a bit of sparkle on my fingers and a dark grey-purple on my toes! I love your nails! Quite pretty!
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    • Heather Fonseca January 30, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

      OH, it’s so nice to have a mani-pedi. I think it’s one of the great pleasures in life.

  11. Stacey - Total City Girl
    January 30, 2013 at 6:34 am #

    Nothing but my daughter went to a spa and sushi b’day party this weekend. I only stayed for a few minutes as she was picking out her nail color. To my surprise she picked a medium pink and a dark pink. So not her! When I picked her up after the party, I noticed black nails! Definitely her!
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    • Heather Fonseca January 30, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

      I haven’t done black yet, but I look! I do look.

  12. Spashionista (Alicia)
    January 30, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    Heather, I’m afraid the results would be the same. I was wondering if you’ve had any experience with the new generation of press-on nails? I love the look you achieved here and I’m wondering about the “paint and press” nails I’m seeing the young crowd sporting.

    • Heather Fonseca January 30, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

      The only time I tried the press-on colors it was a total failure. No idea what I did wrong but they didn’t adhere. I know this isn’t a problem everyone has though, so I would just buy some and try them out!