Meg: 3-step Mani

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I know a couple of weeks ago I left you with a pretty labor-intensive manicure tutorial. The ombre nails are a fantastic look, but let’s be honest, not all of us have time to sit for 20 min or so to complete it. For those of us who are extremely busy, I found a simple, three step mani that looks fantastic. Thank you Pinterest!



The Beauty Department girls used a $20 glitter polish and an $8 plain polish. To save money, I splurged on the glitter ($8 Essie’s A Cut Above) and saved on the plain ($2 Sally Hansen X-treme Wear in Mint Sorbet). So this mani cost me a total of $10.

What you’ll need:

Plain NailPolish: Any color

Glitter Nail Polish: Any color-try going for one with different size glitter to give a really cool metallic effect.

Top Coat polish

Step 1: Paint two coats of your plain polish.

Step 2: After plain coat is mostly dry, paint one coat of glitter polish.

Step 3: One clear coat, and you’re done!


My coworkers loved it, and the glitter makes me feel so pretty! Try it out and let me know how it turns out. I’m trying to imagine what the ombre mani would look like with this lovely glitter on top….!

Have a lovely rest of your day.


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  1. Brittany on June 22, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    am I the only one who cant see the pictures?

  2. Jordan K. on June 22, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Yeah, I am only seeing the first and the last picture. 🙁

  3. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More on June 22, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    My roommate found a super cute mani with newspaper print! It was SUPER cute but definitely labor intensive.

  4. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy on June 22, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    LOVE it! so cute and spunky!

  5. bri @ In Love & Words on June 22, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    My only problem with glitter nail polish is that it takes FOREVER to get off! Any suggestions on an easier/faster way to remove glitter polish?

    • Allison @ fit blaster on June 23, 2012 at 12:20 am

      I find soaking my nails in the remover for a minute or two helps it come off more easily.

      • Meg on June 24, 2012 at 3:33 am

        I soak mine in polish also.

  6. Jess on June 23, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Very cute! I feel too old for glitter

    • Meg on June 24, 2012 at 3:34 am

      NEVER too old for glitter 🙂

  7. Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings on June 23, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Love this color! And I can’t wait to try the glitter on top, it’s been a while since I pulled out glitter nail polish 🙂

  8. Mona on June 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    there is no way this wont sound random–lol–but you have really nice nails (even just the nail beds/shape r perfect PLUS that super cute glitter look!)

    • Meg on June 24, 2012 at 3:35 am

      Thank you!!

  9. Kara on June 23, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Love the glitter look!!

  10. Rebekah on June 25, 2012 at 11:39 am

    It’s so funny seeing you post this because last week I painted my nails almost exactly this same way. I used the same mint nail polish color, but only painted the essie glitter on my ring fingers. I got a lot of compliments too!

  11. Niki on June 25, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I can only see the first and the last pic?? What am I doing wrong??

  12. Britt on June 26, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Have you ever tried one of those gel manicures ??? They supposedly last forever but idk it looks like the polish is thick on your nails ? How long until this mani started chipping ?? That’s my pet peeve I’m always looking for a long lasting polish so far Orly is my fave

  13. Heidi on July 5, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Loved this so much I did it tonight. I saw another idea on pinterest that you should try…. The two colors that fade together. I want to do the mint color with a grayish/lavender….any ideas??

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