25 Elevated Glitter Nail Designs You'll Want to Show Off

Updated 10/20/19

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We're never not excited about new nail art, especially when glitter is in the mix. Yup, you heard it here first: Glitter is for grown-ups, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. When worn on your nails, it gives your hands this undeniable wow factor. Whether it's an ever-so-slight sparkle or a full-on bedazzlement, glitter nails will always have a place in our hearts and on our Instagram feed.

While glitter nails are especially popular around the holidays thanks to their glitz and glam, they can absolutely be worn all year-round. So whether you're daydreaming about your countdown-to-Christmas mani or simply crave a little extra sparkle in the middle of spring, ahead you'll find 25 elevated glitter nail designs you'll want to copy stat. Scroll, screenshot, and take these with you to your next nail appointment. And, while you're at it, prepare for the overflowing compliments and Instagram likes you'll undoubtedly receive as a result.

1. Silver Glitter Drip

Made with ultra-fine silver glitter juxtaposed against bare nails, this manicure is dripping in modern style.

2. Glitter Sequin Stunners

Why stop at fine glitter when you can incorporate chunky sequins into the mix too? This holographic rainbow mani proves that and gives us major Lisa Frank vibes in the process.

3. Glitter Cuticles

Glitter nails stand out most when they're against bare-looking nail beds. Just look at these silver- and gold-lined cuticles if you don't believe us. 

4. Glittery Pumpkin Spice Tips

Whether you're looking for a Thanksgiving-ready nail look or a terracotta-inspired warm-weather mani, you can't go wrong with these simple burnt-orange accents.

5. Mixed Metal Glitter

Wearing gold and silver together has become something of a style statement. To bring the jewelry-inspired mani a bit more front and center, pair the colors together on your nails to copy this simple glittery manicure.

6. Glitter Stars

Who knew a single glitter star on each bare nail could make such an obsessed-over manicure? Trust us, if you opt for this nail look you'll be drowning in likes.

7. Glitter Splatter

Celebrity nail artist Madeline Poole proves contrasting colors of glitter look so damn good together. This splash of sparkle against a jet-black base looks so effortlessly cool.  

8. Glitter French Curves

Nothing feels more festive than gold, glittery nails painted in a negative space. It's a chiller, cool-girl version of the glitter nail trend, and we're all here for it.

9. Glitter Waves

Silver, black, and gold glitter make quite a splash—just look at this wavy negative space mani.

10. Chunky Glitter Diagonals

One of the major keys to screenshot-worthy nails is playing with lines and shapes. Take this diagonal dash of silver glitter bejeweled with an array of colors, for example. 

11. Glitter Dots

When you copy this confetti-inspired glitter polka-dot manicure, your nails will be the life of the party. Best of all, it's super simple to create. Just pick the glitter nail polishes of your choice and use a dotting tool to create evenly-dispersed dots on each nail. finish with a high-shine topcoat et voila.

12. Glitter Half Moons

Here we have two nail trends wrapped into one. First, ultra-fine glitter half-moons at the base of the nail; and second, slim black tips to offer a modern take on the classic French manicure.

13. Glitter Foil

These dark, foil beauties give us all the siren vibes. Since foils can be tricky to work with, you might want to enlist the help of a pro manicurist your first time trying to copy this look.

14. Glitter Lines

Minimalists will love this simple take dreamed up by nail mastermind Alicia Torello. A single line of gold glitter smack-dab in the center of your nail is such a vibe—and an effortless one, at that. 

15. Illusion Glitter Nails

Um, hello, you magical unicorn, you. These ultra-fine iridescent glitter nails will make you feel straight out of a fairytale.

16. Graphic Glitter Tips

Feeling a little extra? Same, always actually. Double up on a classic French mani with champagne sparkle like so. It's a toned-down version of the trend that's work- and play-appropriate.

17. Fine Glitter Dots

Try not to be distracted by these rocks if you can, and take in these perfect NYE nails. Use a translucent base coat and jazz up your nails with dispersed specks of glitter. 

18. Disco Ball Digits

Another party nail for you. These disco ball glitter nails are not for the faint of heart. They're for the girl who wants to have the coolest nails at the party.

19. Small Glitter Accents

Feast your eyes on these fab nails fit for a diva. You have no choice but to be happy every time you look down at your nails and see this next-level design.

20. Sparkling Glitter Tips

These ice queen glitter tips are especially alluring thanks to their soft fade from light to heavy glitter. Plus, with the added gems, how could you not stare at these shining beauties?

21. Simple Glitter Cuticles

The most low-key way to liven up neutral nails is with a barely-there half-moon design. 

22. Glitter Chevron

Channel your inner Wonder Woman with what Paintbox calls superhero swoops. This sapphire shade plays so well with glitter.

23. Gold-Dipped Glitter Tips

The first thought that came to mind when I saw this design was party-on-top nails. An accurate depiction once you take note of the gradient effect of this falling glitter. So glam. 

24. Glittery Pop Art

Are nail-gasms a thing? If so, this line formulation is giving us one. If anything, the takeaway here is that glitter polish goes so well with color contrast. Confession: I want this pop art-inspired pattern as a piece of artwork in my apartment. 

25. Champagne Glitter Swoops

This is a classic French with a subtle twist. If you look closely, you can see the gradual swoop. It adds a uniqueness that makes this glitter look feel fresh. 

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