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A few weeks ago I attended an amazing event with Claire’s – the launch of their pop-up shop on South Molton Street. The shop itself was absolutely beautiful; from the bespoke flower-print carpet to the jewellery-clad walls it was just one of the most exciting pop-up launches I’ve been to.

One of my favourite bits about the evening was sitting down with the lovely Rosie, AKA Nails By Rosie, who worked such wonders on my chipped, chewed-off nails (it had been a long week…!) and turned them into the glitter-topped talons that you can see above. And it got me thinking about all of the different ways that I can use each of the various shimmery polish shades that I have stashed away in my collection, moving beyond the basic accent nail to totally new nail territory. Such as the glittery build up that Rosie created.

So in the spirit of my re-affirmed fondness for glitter, I’ve pulled together some of my favourite glittery duos. The first is a nude nail with a bright blue glitter – I’ve plumped for the Nails Inc Porchester Square and Louise Gray for Topshop in Junkyard (an old favourite) but any similar colour combination would work just as well. Then we have the classic combination of Essie Mint Candy Apple and Essie Sparkle at the TopThe glitter in this duo is so subtle, it works for a whole heap of different looks and can be used to create a number of different designs.

Last but not least is the brightest of the bunch – Maybelline Color Show in Cool Blue and Nicole by OPI in Haley Good LookingDefinitely more of a spring or summer style nail but, as I’m in the mood for embracing something a bit more interesting, I thought why not try it. And while I might not be rocking it every day of the week, it’s one that I’ll be whipping out for some special warm weather occasions.

In terms of picking your polishes – I’d recommend finding those shades that have a high glitter to polish ratio, it makes the whole application process so much easier! And when it comes to completing the above look yourself, I like to go for a thin layer followed by some strategic glitter blobbing to fill in any gaps. Technical? No. But it does work. Kinda.

What are your thoughts on the glitter nail?

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