While basic manicures take up the majority of every nail professional’s daily schedule, every now and then a client will request something a bit more sparkly. Glitter nail art was once considered something glitzy that only the fun, trendy client wanted, but as more glitter polish variety has hit salons in recent years, more types of clients are requesting a bit of glam.
Luckily, there’s something glittery for everyone, from trendsetting fashionistas to sophisticated professionals. Here are five types of glitter polish to offer your clients and the personalities they match.
Chunky, holographic glitter looks great on any trendsetting manicure, especially when coupled with something bold like a stiletto nail shape or a bright ombre fade. The light reflects off the large glitter pieces as the client shows off their nails, giving onlookers a glimpse of a full rainbow of colors.
With a bright, highly reflective tone, holographic glitter is great for the trendy client who is young or young at heart. Setting the pace for the latest nail designs, this client confidently rocks chunky glitter as an essential part of their overall look, leaving everyone around them in awe.
Metallic glitter can reinvent a manicure. Apply your client’s favorite shade, then add a complementary metallic glitter to the tips for a creative take on a French. Alternatively, paint a glittery inverted half-moon to the eponychium area for a unique and eye-grabbing design. Taking on the reflective tone of metals, this shimmery glitter is unique and subtle, but also professional.
This type of glitter is perfect for the sophisticated client who has a formidable and cosmopolitan presence, and who likely wants their manicure to match. Use metallic glitter to give them a playful look that still says “I’m in charge.”
Sometimes keeping it simple is the way to go, and micro glitter is a great way to create a simple yet stunning shine. Add a micro glitter topcoat to a nude polish to create a refined sparkle that can match any look. Go bold with a bright pink micro, or keep it neutral with an earth-toned glitter. Either way, these tiny pieces will catch the light — and the eyes — all around your client’s nails.
Depending on how bold of a color you choose, micro glitter is good for the practical client who wants to look great but keep things uncomplicated. Micro glitter will give this type of client just enough sparkle to keep them coming back.
Multi-colored glitter brings a bit of whimsy to an already unique and attention-grabbing manicure. With varying sizes and colors, this type of glitter creates multi-dimensional sparkle that is sure to turn heads. Go bold with multi-colored glitter that spans a range of primary tones, or keep it subtle with different shades of the same color.
To create a truly whimsical look for a whimsical client, mix and match nail designs for an unforgettable look. Paint one nail a neutral color, apply a bright pink nail to the next and heavily apply multi-colored glitter to the third. Finish the final nails with a patterned adhesive that corresponds with the glitter tone. With not one but five nail designs on each hand, your client will stand out everywhere.
Shimmer is less of an overt glitter and more of a collection of pearlescent particles. This type of shine works perfectly as a topcoat, as it adds a little glitz to a traditional shade. Available in a range of colors, shimmer creates a sense of glam on any hand.
As a clean, sleek and powerful type of glitter, shimmer is perfect for the stylish client who wants to stand out while looking perfect. Add shimmer to a chic manicure as an accessory to what is likely already an amazing overall look.
As a nail professional, you encounter different personalities on a daily basis, and creating matching nail art is an essential part of your job. Don’t worry, though — everyone loves a little glitter, and there’s a perfect type for each of your clients.