18 Glitter Nail Designs to Give You All the Festive Manicure Inspo

Updated 12/06/18

Glitter nails never go out of fashion for us here at Byrdie HQ. 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. But when Christmas rolls around, glitter nails spark a whole new wave of popularity. We want everything to have a bit more sparkle and glitz. Whether that's with chunky glitter pieces, star embellishments or ultra-fine shimmer, if it's blingy, we want it on our nails.

So if you too love a bedazzled manicure, keep scrolling because we've rounded up some of our favourite glitter nail designs to bring you all the inspo you'll need this festive season. Scroll, screenshot and take these with you to your next nail appointment. Oh, and be sure to tag us in your pictures on Instagram too.

glitter nails: 18 designs to take to your manicurist
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Gold Foil Glitter

glitter nails: 18 designs to take to your manicurist
@betina_goldstein

Half-Moon Glitz

glitter nails: 18 designs to take to your manicurist
@betina_goldstein

Sequin Scales

glitter nails: 18 designs to take to your manicurist
@betina_goldstein

Simple Crystal Glimmers

glitter nails: 18 designs to take to your manicurist
@nailsbymh

Glass Shimmer

glitter nails: 18 designs to take to your manicurist
@houseofladymuck

Stars and Foils

glitter nails: 18 designs to take to your manicurist
@alyssbowen via @houseofladymuck

Cuticle Glimmers

glitter nails: 18 designs to take to your manicurist
@houseofladymuck

Glitter Ombre

glitter nails: 18 designs to take to your manicurist
@houseofladymuck

Soft Sparkle Tips

glitter nails: 18 designs to take to your manicurist
@shoreditchnails

Layer It Up

glitter nails: 18 designs to take to your manicurist
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Jagged Glitz

glitter nails: 18 designs to take to your manicurist
@unistella_kr

Total Bedazzlement

glitter nails: 18 designs to take to your manicurist
@unistella_kr

Crystal Clean

glitter nails: 18 designs to take to your manicurist
@unistella_kr

Simple Stars

glitter nails: 18 designs to take to your manicurist
@betina_goldstein

Champagne Tips

glitter nails: 18 designs to take to your manicurist
@had_nails via @wahnails

Jelly Tips

glitter nails: 18 designs to take to your manicurist
@kaywestnails via @wahnails

All the Sparkle

glitter nails: 18 designs to take to your manicurist
@shoreditchnails

Chunky Glitter Dips

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Essie Nail Polish in Spin the Bottle
Essie Nail Polish in Spin the Bottle $8
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Glitter nails stand out most when they're against bare-looking nails. Essie's Spin the Bottle is the perfect barely there pink to help your nails sparkle.

Nails Inc. SOS Nail Pen
Nails Inc. SOS Nail Pen $13
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We all make mani mistakes, so this Nails Inc. pen is a lifesaver of a tool to keep in your kit. It has a pre-soaked nail polish remover nib (perfect for tidying up messy areas) and a nail file and specially shaped cap for pushing back cuticles. Clever!

Nails Inc. The Future Is Fairy Nail Polish Duo
Nails Inc. The Future Is Fairy Nail Polish Duo $13
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This duo of Nails Inc. polishes creates the ultimate fairy manicure in minutes. Use the pearlescent pink shade as a base coat before layering the glitter polish over the top. Love!

Nars Base Coat
Nars Base Coat $15
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Longlasting nails require a good base coat to keep them looking fresh for longer. This Nars polish is one of the best. 

Jin Soon Nail Polish in Fete
Jin Soon Nail Polish in Fete $17
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This clear polish is packed with multidimensional flecks of coloured glitter for a sparkle and glimmer from every angle. 

glitter nails: Leighton Denny Nail Polish in Twinkle Twinkle
Leighton Denny Nail Polish in Twinkle Twinkle $11
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If silver sparkles are your thing, this Leighton Denny polish is perfect. It contains all different sizes and shapes of glitter so that you're left with a modern irregular look.

Seche Vive Gel Effect Top Coat
Seche Vive Gel Effect Top Coat $9
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Lock your glitter in place with Seche Vive Gel Topcoat. It gives your mani a thick mirror-like shine that won't chip or peel for well over a week.

Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Shattered Souls
Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Shattered Souls $18
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This golden glitter polish is one of our favourites for the Christmas season. Layer over a neutral base coat for a modern look and keep building up the glitz for a statement look.

MAC Galactic Glitter
MAC Galactic Glitter $17
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Want to experiment with nail art? These glitter stars are perfect for nails. Apply your base coat colour and apply the stars with tweezers whilst your nail is still tacky. Lock it in with a top coat and you're good to go!

EcoStardust Biodegradable Glitter Pot in Gold Digger
Ecostardust Biodegradable Glitter Pot in Gold Digger $6
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These biodegradable glitters are great for sprinkling over semi-dry nail varnish for a glitzy update. Apply a top coat afterwards to lock the look in place.

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