Glitter Nails Inspiration – 54 Designs You’re Going to Love

Updated on September 29, 2023
Shauna Freemantle By Shauna Freemantle
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    Glitter Nails Inspiration – 54 Designs You’re Going to Love

    Intro to Glitter Nails Ideas

    Nails are a great way to express yourself. But with so many different nail art styles and techniques out there, it can be hard to choose just one! Even in narrower categories, like glitter nails, your claws have endless possibilities.

    You can find glitter nails that suit every look, including:

    That’s why we went ahead and did all of the work for you. We scoured the internet for some of our favorite glitter nail inspirations and compiled them here in this ultimate collection of 54 designs that are sure to inspire you! That way, whether you want to try some holographic glitter or subtle sparkling designs – you’re sure to find something that suits your look!

    Glitter Nails Video Tutorial

    Follow our step by step tutorial on how to accomplish this style easily.

    White Nails With Glitter

    White glitter nails are the perfect way to show off your inner unicorn. From simple to elaborate, there are a variety of ways to make this look yours. You can opt for a single nail covered in white glitter with gems or glitters, or you can go all out and cover your entire hand with white glitter. No matter how you do it, these nails are sure to take your outfit from drab to fab!

    White Sparkle Nails

    Sometimes, you want a little sparkle, but you don’t want it to be too much. That’s where the white sparkle nails come in.

    White sparkle nails are a great way to get a subtle pop out of a plain and simple manicure. This set is a cool ombre look, and we think it’s perfect for anyone who wants to add some fun to their nails without going too crazy.

    White Nails With Gold Glitter

    Sometimes, you just want to go to the nail salon and get a little crazy. You want something with plenty of decoration and detail to enjoy and appreciate. You want something that says, “I’m not just here for a simple manicure.”

    Maybe this is the set for you. Not only are these nails unique, but they’re also super fun to look at! With gold and white accents and transparent details, these are certainly the epitome of luxurious nails.

    White Nails With Silver Glitter

    We’ve got a tip for you if your heart is set on something that’s pretty and elegant for your next mani: go with an all-white, all-glitter look like this one.

    It’s so glittery it reminds us of a snowball! We think this look is super fun but still elegant and would look great with almost any outfit, holidays or not.

    White Nails With Red Glitter

    This set of white nails with red glitter is perfect for a night out. White nails with red glitter may be just what you’re looking for. They’re classic and romantic, with just enough of a twist to keep them interesting. The glitter, chrome, and heart nail art will also turn heads. It would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day date or other special nights.

    White Chrome Nails With Glitter

    If you’re looking for a set of nails that will make heads turn, look no further than White Chrome Nails With Glitter. This set is holographic and glossy — a simple manicure with impact. The accent nails make a statement with their glitter finish, but you can always leave them out if you want to go for something more subtle.

    Pink Nails With Glitter

    If you’re looking for a set of nails that really pop, look no further than these pink nails with glitter. This set features a mixture of chunky and more fine glitter to create a more dimensional look. It’s got the perfect length, too – dramatic, but not too much. It’s just right.

    Zohna Tip

    When you're trying to achieve this look at home, start with a good basecoat and several coats of your fave hot pink shade

    Hot Pink Nails With Glitter

    Hot pink nails with glitter? Yes, please!

    This set of hot pink nails is bright and eye-catching, and it has plenty of sparkles. It’s the perfect shade for someone who wants to stand out in a crowd and is a cool and funky color that will make you feel like you’re ready for anything!

    Pink and White Nails With Glitter

    We’ve got the perfect set of pink and white nails with glitter for your next manicure. We know what you’re thinking: “Is this really me?”. But trust us – it is! This set is pretty, feminine, and offers a fun pop with the sparkly accent nail. And it’s all about the length: dramatic and cool at the same time!

    Light Pink Nails With Glitter

    These nails are glossy and chic, and they also have a sophisticated look that will make your friends jealous. The mix of designs and glitter ombre is what makes this set so pretty. The delicate shade of pink mixed with the rose gold metallic glitter is ultra feminine in a modern way.

    Pink Sparkle Nails

    This dainty and delicate set is sure to get a “wow” every time someone sees your nails! The holographic glitter ombre adds just the right amount of unexpected cool to this otherwise soft, pale pink look. We like the artist kept these nails short. It totally suits the look!

    Neon Pink Nails With Glitter

    These nails are like a hot pink sunset! With glitter mixed into the ombre and a solid glitter accent nail on the pinky make this set complete in our eyes. The high-shine top coat is pretty and works perfectly with the look.

    Glitter Pink and Black Nails

    Black nails with rose gold pink glitter reverse ombre? Yes, please! This set is edgy and cool and flips ombre on its head. The micro glitter is subtle yet impactful – and it’s the perfect way to get some bling without being too flashy.

    Red Nails With Glitter

    Red nails are a classic, and this set reminds us of a look inspired by old Hollywood. It’s perfect for when you’re feeling like being bold, but not too bold. And if there’s one thing that never goes out of style, it’s red nail polish. They’re totally glamorous and will have you feeling like an A-list starlet without breaking the bank.

    Red Nails With Diamonds and Glitter

    Look at those nails! They’re so extra. They’re not just red – they’re bright red with diamonds, rhinestones, and a transparent accent nail.

    And this isn’t just some run-of-the-mill set of nails you can get anywhere. These babies are over the top and super extra. And here’s why: they’re not just plain old red; they’ve got a variety of art and designs on them that make them interesting and unique.

    Black Glitter Nails

    If you’re looking for an elegant, glamorous look, we’ve got the perfect black-and-glitter nail combo for you. This set features a black base with some sparkly glitter and a solid glitter accent nail. It’s chic, it’s high-gloss – and it’ll leave your polish looking like it came straight out of a magazine spread.

    Black Nails With Silver Glitter

    If you’re looking for a fun way to make your nails stand out, we’ve got just the thing. We love this set of black nails with tons of silver glitter and an all-glitter silver accent nail that reminds us of a snowy evening thanks to the shimmering silver glitter. This look is perfect for those who want to feel glam 24/7 or for those going on a night out on the town.

    Black And White Glitter Nails

    If you’re looking for some nail art that’s super glittery and shiny, then look no further. We’ve got a set of black and white silver glitter ombre nails that have rhinestones AND multiple designs in one set. They’re so pretty, they’ll make your heart skip a beat!

    Black Sparkle Nails

    These coffin nails are out of this world! The long, dramatic length of these coffin nails reminds us of deep space, thanks to the all-black base and specks of glitter that look like stars. They’re the perfect way to take your look from zero gravity to out-of-this-world in no time.

    Baby Blue Nails With Glitter

    We can’t get enough of these baby blue and silver square tip nails. They’re so feminine and classic, but they also have a little bit of an edge with that glitter accent nail. If you’re looking for something timeless, delicate, but modern – this is the set for you!

    Silver Glitter Nails

    If you’re looking for a way to get attention, this set of silver glitter nails is for you! This is like having disco balls on your nails. They’re so glittery and holographic, and these nails are so eye-catching that they’ll have everyone asking you where you got them done.

    Gold Glitter Nails

    Sometimes, you just want to feel glamorous and over the top. And these nails help fit that mood! With accent nails that are solid glitter, this set of gold glitter nails makes use of the transparent nail trend we are loving to showcase the gold glitter even more than it already is.

    Purple Nails With Glitter

    Are you ready to take your nails to the next level? We’ve got a set of purple glitter nails that will do that. It’s a super pretty, feminine, and timeless hue of purple. The consistency across each nail feels uniform and put together.

    Glitter Light Purple Nails

    If you’re looking for a fun and trendy nail set, look no further than these almond-shaped glitter nails with an ombre accent nail. This nail set is stylish but not so trendy that it will look dated by next season. The transparent accent nail highlights the design the artist has done.

    Dark Purple Nails With Glitter

    If you’re looking for a dark purple square tip set with some extra sparkle, we’ve got the perfect thing for you. This set is visually interesting, and the dark purple is rich and luxurious. The gems placed along the nail bed on the accent nail are a fun addition that will make your nails pop!

    Maroon Nails With Glitter

    Matte is always a good way to go, and this set is no exception. We love how the soft maroon shade appears in a matte look like this, and the glitter accent nail is the perfect complement.

    Plum Nails With Glitter

    Stiletto nails always make a statement. And this is no exception! We can’t get enough of the deep purple hue and glitter accent nails on these plum-colored stiletto nails. Not only are they dramatic and moody but they also add a little bit of fun to your look.

    Rose Gold Glitter Nails

    Who doesn’t love a good at-home mani? This shot is clearly showing us the power of good glitter polish! This Butter London shade is rich and dense with glitter. It makes a huge impact with just a few coats. We appreciate seeing a glittery look on natural nails, too, so even if you’re not an acrylics girlie, you’ve got options.

    Nude Nails With Glitter

    Nude nails are always in style, and this almond-shaped set with a shiny finish and glittery overspray makes for a modern twist on the classic look. We love the soft, delicate shade of pinky-nude this artist chose, and we think the length is practical and pretty at the same time.

    Blue Glitter Nails

    Another great look for natural nails, or those who want to pull together glitter nails at home, this blue glitter nails look reminds us of Cinderella’s dress. It’s such a pretty shade of baby blue, and the glitter makes for a magical look.

    Dark Blue Nails With Glitter

    If you’re looking to add a little drama to your nails, check out this set. It’s a set of glossy dark blue glitter nails with an almond tip that will make you feel like the star of your own movie. Deep blue is moody, dramatic, and impactful – it’s about as close as you can get to black without actually going there.

    Royal Blue Nails With Glitter

    You know what’s really eye-catching? Royal blue nails with glitter and stiletto tips. We know – we’re not surprised either. The sharp stiletto point is dramatic and cool, and you can’t help but stare at the matte finish.

    Clear Glitter Nails

    Clear Glitter NailsInstagram@oh_myngocPIN

    Have you ever wanted to try clear glitter nails? This set is the perfect way to try it! It has so many flakes of gold, iridescent glitter flakes suspended in the nails. It looks like petals settling over a still pond. The long square tips are perfect for showcasing this look.

    Translucent Clear Glitter Nails

    Remember a simpler time – pastels everywhere, Powerpuff Girls, and butterfly clips. Now, everything you know and love about the aughts is being reborn into the ever-popular Y2K aesthetic, and these translucent clear glitter nails with pretty pastel sequins suspended inside fit right into the trend.

    Gray Nails With Glitter

    Do you want to bring the drama with your nails? Check out these gray nails with glitter! With star-shaped holographic nail art sequins, rhinestones, diamonds, and shimmer – these nails quite literally bring something for everyone.

    Glitter Gel Nails

    Gel nails are a popular look for manicures because they are long-lasting and high-shine. The application of the glitter and chrome on these nails makes them truly pop. We love the color combos used in this set. The pink and purple are a fun, girly look anyone can sport.

    Matte Glitter Nails

    Sometimes, you just don’t want glossy nails, but you do want shine. We love the combination of matte maroon and gray-mauve nails alongside the glitter accent nail. It makes for an interesting, sophisticated look that we can all get behind.

    French Nails With Glitter

    French Nails With GlitterInstagram@setsby_emPIN

    That’s why we love this new twist on the old standard: glittery, layered French tips. You’ll get all the same benefits of a classic French manicure – the chic tips, a smooth shine – but you’ll also get an added layer of shimmer, thanks to a variety of different-sized glitters!

    Glitter Dip Nails

    Glitter dip nails are a great way to rock some shiny claws! A dip powder nail technique involves dipping the nail into a colored powder, then brushing a clear sealant over the top. You can add glitter and other decals to your look, too. As a result, your manicure lasts longer and won’t chip for up to a month.

    Green Glitter Nails

    Looking for some nails that are luckier than a four-leaf clover? Check out these green glitter nails! They remind us of a shimmering emerald and would be perfect for a fun St. Patrick’s day look or just an everyday look that says, “I know how to have fun”!

    Glitter Lime Green Nails

    If you are hoping to find a manicure look that stands out, this is it! With bright lime green, glitter, and rhinestones, this is an eye-popping manicure with tons to captivate your attention. We love the all-glitter look combined with the milky ombre nails – it really mixes it up.

    Cute Glitter Nails

    Got your head in the clouds? Then why not try these cute glitter nails! We love the cute cloud designs and gems as stars. It feels like a dreamy, glittery scene right on your nails. The blue glitter makes us think of a perfect Summer day at the beach, and we’re here for it.

    Short Glitter Nails

    If you’re looking for a fresh, classy look that’s still bold, look no further. Think short pink nails with glittery ombre holographic glitter on the pinky nail. The mix of small and chunky glitter pieces makes for a dimensional look on the middle finger nail.

    Burgundy Nails With Glitter

    Sometimes, you don’t want to go full out on your glitter nails. Sometimes, you just want a kiss of shimmer and glimmer on your claws. This set of nails looks like it fits that bill perfectly. The light dusting of the silver glitter is just enough glimmer to make things exciting. It really sticks out against the dark maroon basecoat.

    Butterfly Glitter Nails

    Butterfly Glitter NailsInstagram@nailsw.aPIN

    Just because butterflies are involved, it doesn’t mean that this is some child’s play. These nails are transparent and act like a display case for the beautiful butterfly sequins. It’s so feminine and girly, and brings an element of fun we frankly love.

    Glitter Purple Butterfly Nails

    Maybe you like a little bit of color in your butterfly glitter nails, a French tip look, and maybe you want some stunning holographic glitter flakes in your look too – well, this is your perfect look! We love the fun, pastel purple base paired with a French-tip inspired transparent tip and holographic butterflies and glitter. It’s definitely a trendy take on a youthful look!

    Orange Glitter Nails

    Orange-you glad you’ve seen these nails? We certainly are! We are obsessed with the rich, deep orange color paired with the absoluFrench-tip-inspired glitter accent nails. And did we mention the long, dramatic length? To die for!

    Yellow Nails With Glitter

    Follow the yellow brick road straight to these sunshiny glitter nails! We love the squared-off, gentle coffin look and all-yellow glitter on the accent nail, too. It’s fresh, exciting, and super fun!

    Teal Nails With Glitter

    Teal Nails With GlitterInstagram@nsonailsPIN

    Do you want to feel like a mermaid after you finish your next mani? We certainly like that idea! This set of teal nails with glitter looks like a shiny mermaid’s tail, with multi-chromatic glitters that catch the light in interesting and ever-changing ways. The rich teal base is the perfect backdrop for these glitters, too.

    Simple Glitter Nails

    Simple Glitter NailsInstagram@ipsyPIN

    Sometimes, you just want to keep it simple. You don’t always want a night-out-worthy set of nails. But that doesn’t mean you need to have boring nails, either. We love the subtle pop of micro glitter that reads like a sparkly but subtle spray over the soft nude-pink shade. The square tips cap this look off in a way that says, “I’m a boss, but I know how to have a little fun, too.”

    Glitter Jelly Nails

    Did you ever want a pair of jelly shoes growing up? They, along with Y2K style, are back in trend. So forget the sweaty plastic footwear and consider wearing this trendy look on your nails instead. We love the jelly-like appearance of the transparent, peachy nails paired with fun, holographic glitter. Plus, they say you know what’s cool, but you always seek your own take on a trend.

    Colorful Glitter Nails

    Rainbows and glitter go together like peanut butter and jelly. Bright bands of ROYGBIV paired with an iridescent micro glitter top make for a unicorn-inspired look we think is beyond fun for your next manicure.

    Glitter Shellac Nails

    Acrylics aren’t always your fave or the answer to your nail woes. Shellac, on the other hand, is a hybrid between gel polish and regular polish that is really long-lasting without adding length to your nails. It’s perfect for breaks between acrylics or, if you prefer, a natural look.

    Want to become a glitter nail expert? Read some of our top tips, and considerations, and get the info you need to know to really nail your next glitter mani at home.


    • Types of Glitter Nails

      There are many kinds of glitter nail art designs out there, and of course, that means that there are different types of glitter for the job. From flakes to rhinestones, it’s important to know what the differences are between the various types to find the right option for your look.

      Types of glitter nails and glitter for nails are outlined in the table below.

      Glitter Nail Type Description
      Holographic When illuminated, this type of glitter appears multicolored.
      Rhinestones Flashy, colorful decorations for your fingernails. There are a variety of colors and types of decorative stones, including clear stones like diamonds. They are usually 3D.
      Metallic Glitter Shimmery glitters that take on the reflective tone of metals are both subtle and professional.
      Micro Glitter Very small, tiny glitter that is exceptionally subtle and lowkey.
      Shimmer Glitter Shimmer is less glitter than a collection of pearlescent particles. It is perfect for use as a topcoat.
      Chunky or Flaky Glitter Flat, larger than regular glitter that has a reflective quality. It can be any color and come in a range of shapes and finishes.
      Loose Glitter Smaller, round glitters intended for dip manicures.
    • Glitter Nails Tutorials

      In order to get the most out of your glitter nail designs, you need to nail down the process. That way, you can have a look you want without the headaches.

      If you’re obsessed with glitter nails and want to try them, here are the steps:

      1. File your nails down, so they are nice and smooth. Make sure to file the edges of each nail, so there aren’t any hangnails. Always file in one direction to avoid breakage!
      2. Remove all old polish (and nail oils!) from your nails using nail polish remover.
      3. Then, buff nails into a high shine with a buffer block (this is optional but makes for a nicer finish).
      4. Apply a base coat, which will protect your natural nails from staining as well as prevent chipping of the glitter polish over time (it also helps keep glitter stuck in place!). The best base coat is one that dries quickly. You can try a peel-off basecoat to make removing the glitter nails easier.
      5. Apply one layer of glitter polish over top of everything else; let dry completely before applying another layer on top if desired. This gives you a more opaque look.
    • Glitter Nails Tips and Considerations

      Glitter nails are a great way to add some sparkle to your manicure, but they can be tricky if you’re not careful. You don’t have to be a pro at nail art. The best thing about these looks is that they can easily be replicated at home with a few materials and some practice.

      Here are some tips to keep in mind when doing your glitter nails:

      • The best way to wear pastel or lighter glitter is over a clear or similarly colored base polish.
      • Make sure you work one nail at a time when using loose glitter. You’ll have less chance of getting it all over your fingers like this! Plus, it’s easier to clean up! If you have any extra glitter, you may pour it back into its container by folding the paper in half.
      • If applying a glitter polish, use a sponge to stamp it on for a more opaque look. Sponges are also good for doing ombre glitter nails.
      • Try using liquid latex around your cuticles if needed. That way, no polish mess will accidentally get onto them while working with those big pieces of fluff.
      • Fan brushes work great for gently pushing glitter into your polish to help it stick. The fan brush can be used to gently brush away excess glitter from your nail and around the cuticle after a few seconds of drying, too.


    All in all, glitter nails are a fun way to spice up your look. Whether you’re an avid nail art enthusiast or looking for something different to try out this season, we hope you found the perfect design in this list of ideas!