Introduction: Sponge Manicure

I call this one my volcanic ash and glitter manicure.

Because anything+glitter= awesome.

You'll need:
Base coat
Base colour (I used cherry red)
Chunky clear glitter polish
Silver fine glitter polish
Black polish
Cosmetic sponge
Top coat

Step 1: Base Colour

Really, any colour will do.
Apply 2-3 coats for to achieve opacity.

Step 2: First Layer of Glitter

After your base colour has dried, carefully paint your chunky clear glitter from the base of your nails (cuticle area) upward. Paint 2/3 of the nail, leaving the tip exposed.

Step 3: Sponging

Apply a drop or two of your silver glitter polish to the tip of your cosmetic sponge

Step 4: Sponged

Apply silver polish on the sponge to the tip of your nail, slightly overlapping the chunky glitter.

Step 5: More Layers?

At this point, I sponged another layer of black polish to the tips. Apply a clear topcoat to protect your manicure!


RemarkableJane (author)2012-03-22

Ooh this is way fun! And I totally concur with this statement "Because anything+glitter= awesome."
yep yep!!

sailormoon22491 (author)2012-02-18

I love the final look of this!
I had been doing a similar look without the sponging, but it seems the sponging makes the effect so much cleaner and easier!
I will deffinitley have to try this next time I am painting my nails. I am assuming any type of sponge should work, correct?


I used a cosmetic sponge, but you've got me thinking- A kitchen sponge would probably give a neat effect, too!

klimb (author)2011-10-20

I love it! Would never think to use a sponge. Did you wet the sponge or anything. More please.

smith0crystal (author)klimb2011-10-20

Nope! Just use the sponge dry- apply about 2 drops of polish- wait for the sponge to soak up a bit of the polish (30 sec) and sponge away!
I'm glad you like my tutorial! Check out my blog for more beauty tips and manicure ideas:

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