Pink Crush. Nail Polish Tricks!

By Dana Fox

Ladies… let’s talk about nail polish for a minute. I don’t know about you, but I have a heck of a time applying glitter nail polish with a brush. Sometimes the brush grabs too many specks, sometimes not enough. The worst is when you apply it out of the bottle and end up with only three cute sparkles, randomly placed. I know I’m not the only one who carefully tries to move them around with the tip of the brush!  Well guess what, I solved my own problem and am pretty much a genius (ha, kidding.)

Another thing I hate the most about applying nail polish is having to brush on multiple coats to get the colour nice and opaque.. Seriously, what is UP with that!? After I learned this trick I’m going to share below, the clouds opened up and billions of butterflies, rainbows, and kittens fell from the sky!

1. Paint your nails with an opaque white polish. This is the KEY to only needing to apply one coat of coloured polish! It’s perfect if you have a shade that is more transparent than you’d like.  It’s like magic, I tell ya!  I used Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in White On, which I find also helps my polish stay on much longer.
2. Paint on your coloured polish
3. When that’s all totally dry, grab a makeup sponge and brush some of that glitter onto the end! This is the same technique as you would use for gradient/ombre nails, only I found it to be a MUCH easier way to apply glitter too. Everything stays in one place!
4. Transfer the glitter to your nails by just rolling it on top.
5. Voila! My glitter is stuck in place and I didn’t have to deal with a brush!

The peach colour polish is from Forever 21… “Peach”. The glitter is also from Forever 21 and is called “Crystal Pink”.

What are your favourite nail trends/colours lately?

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Dana Fox
Dana Fox
About me

I am a country loving Canadian with a mind that never sleeps. When I'm not running the Wonder Forest blog ship, you can find me creating artwork for phone cases and home decor, whilst managing the daily tasks of Dana Fox Creative. Visit me at the links below if you wanna be friends!


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  • Kristen Danielle

    I LOVE the idea of applying white first! That's brilliant. I've been wanting to try the "ombre" nail look & saw a tutorial using a makeup sponge. I will have to give it a try & while I'm at it try it with glitter.

    Thanks for sharing Dana!

  • Katie Frank

    sweetie, it looks so awesome! i totally love it! it looks like broken glass <3 well done.

  • NIKA

    That's just gorgeous:-) NIKA

  • NIKA

    That's just gorgeous:-) NIKA

  • Dilan Dilir

    looks super cute,great tricks 😀

  • Lindsey Leitner

    Wow what a great technique! I am terrible at painting my own nails though! I am just getting better at my toes!

  • irene @ inspiration.from.the.little.things

    i LOVE this! pure genius! thank you so much for sharing this, dana! <3 :-)

  • Lauren

    Love this! The sponge technique is a great idea for applying glitter! :)

    I've seen something similar where you put a few different colors dark-light on the sponge. That might be the gradient thing you were talking about?


  • Shannon

    I love it! So sweet & girly.

  • Emma McIntyre

    I've never even thought about applying white before, thanks for sharing!

  • Madalynne

    This is definitely such a great tip! Although I love perfectly placed glitter, sometime the randomness is cool too

  • Shaina Longstreet

    Someone told me that white nail polish first tip on twitter when I was having issues and hating my new Essie polish. It totally was an "aha!" moment for me too. :)

  • Jaclyn

    If you have any tricks for removing glitter polish without wanting to use an ax grinder, I'd be very interested in those. I adore glitter on my nails. But man, I curse so much when I try to take the blasted stuff off that I usually avoid it at all costs.

  • his little lady

    loving this tip! and i'm a little bit jealous of how perfect your nails are!
    xo TJ

  • indie by heart

    Nice tip! I've never even thought about applying white as the bottom layers, cooool.. ^^

    Indie by heart

  • Pamela

    Great tip with the white underneath!

  • Noor

    Okay gorgeous I am going to add glitter next time I do my nails. I just so have some from your shop lol. I use seche vite top coat its awesome and makes your polish last you should try it.

  • nikkiyvonne

    This is fabulous, I can't wait to try it! xx

  • It’s Sooo Fluffy!

    Thank you for this! I love nail polish!! Monday I bought Lacey Lilac and it's so cute. Got compliments on it at the grocery store, post office, AND more than a few times here at work (doctors office)!

  • Joanna

    love this! it's so pretty!

  • Sanne Shavon

    This is so pretty. You are really talented.

  • Torrie

    I love that peachy/coral shade! I'm totally digging nail art in general. Pinterest makes me wish I was a talented nail artist!

  • Giada

    This is pretty, i like it.

  • Tami Marie

    Hi Dana,

    I am a new GFC follower to your blog. I found it through The Life of a Not So Ordinary Housewife. Your blog is amazing! I adore it. EVERYTHING about it. I have added you to my favourites list. :)

    If you have a moment and would like to, you can visit me here The Things We Find Inside

    As for this post…I have been totally crushing on dark colours for the past few weeks. Right now I am wearing a deep plum. Lovin' it. :)

    xo Tami

  • Mikelle Jade {The Honeypie Archives}

    oooh really pretty! I really like that color! Lately I have been into really neutral colors and pastels! I just paint mine solid though— I have no patience to add anything, it's enough effort as it is to get a smooth coat of solid!

  • Tanya

    This is such a great trick! And I love that color!!

  • Loves Happy Hour

    Great trick!! Thanks so much for sharing!!


  • Girl With A Pearl Earring

    This is so cute.

  • Two Happy Hearts

    So great! Genius idea with the white underneath.
    And that glitter is perfect!!

  • irene wibowo

    so cool.. :)

    Irene Wibowo

  • Cbiji Collection

    Brilliant idea!! Love your blog! So adorable :)

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  • Grace Lynne Fleming

    o my good dear. gorgeous.


  • taylahjoyce

    Your nails look amazing! No matter how hard I try I can never get mine to look nice. It looks like I've let a 3 year old colour my nails in with their arts and craft paint. I am not one for nails, but I adore yours.

  • Dasha

    your blog is beautiful! go and subscribe the same on mine!

  • scenique route

    Ridiculously cute! You make me feel like I need to go out and buy nail glitter and white nail polish now! Thanks for the nail painting tip ;D

    xo Amy

  • Natalie

    Using white polish underneath is such a good idea! Sometimes I need to apply several coats to get the colour I want so I'm definately going to have to buy some white polish. Your nails look so pretty btw, I love the colour.

  • buttonsbeadsbeauty

    this is such a good idea i also struggle appling glitter poish with a brush so this is perfect! thanks!! xoxo <3

  • Jesa

  • Stephanie

    This is such a great tutorial, thanks so much for sharing!! :)

  • angie

    Hello! Beautiful nail art! I love your blog, I recently found out! Six cute and a source of inspiration!
    kisses, Angie

  • floral and feather

    Amazing idea to apply white polish first! Means your favourite colours will last much longer!

  • Kaytee Lauren

    love this!!


  • HaleyPants

    This is so great! I have to try it ASAP

  • Megan G.

    Whoa, this is so awesome! I need to try this the next time I do my nails. :)

  • Jennifer Hanson

    Oh this is so great! I love it! I'm new to your blog but excited to start following it. :)


  • Jeminix

    This is an amzing trick :) thanks :) xxx

  • Katie @ My Darling Days

    You.Are.A.Genius. Thanks for sharing!