Pretty-for-the-Prom Manicure Series, Week 1: Glitter Manicure ~ New Nail Trend! ~ Updates and News

Good morning, everybody! I’m happy to be back on the normal schedule after a week where I was able to take some time for Instagram (@threesixtynails) attention. My Disney Princess Collaboration (celebrating 100 followers!) is coming up on April 15th; thank you to all the creative ladies who are participating and creating such fabulous manicures! Also, it’s funny that the day of the collaboration for 100 followers is coming up when @threesixtynails has almost hit 200. ☺ I’m so happy that I can share the fun of nail art with so many people. So, onto today’s post. We’re starting a new series to get you girls ready for the prom! Today’s mani is…

… Easy and Glam Glitter Manicure!!!!!!!!!!!! This is one of the most simple nail looks for the prom, but it’s still stunning and very easy to personalize. Today, you can learn how to create this glitzy look with a step-by-step and you can shop a selection of glitters that I highly recommend in the list below. Enjoy!

Recommended Glitter Polishes:

DND: Pretty In Pink (featured) *Sparkly light pink with holo sparkle

Formula X: Tide *Matte glitter midnight-blue/purple

Formula X: Marine *Matte glitter ocean-blue

NCLA x cutepolish: Having a Polish Blast *Jelly base with holo glitter and stars

Formula X: Highlighter *Shimmery/sparkly yellow (one of my favorites!)

Formula X: Astrolady *Matte glitter sparkly candy pink

*As you can see, many of the glitter polishes I recommend are from the brand Formula X, which has been discontinued in Sephora stores. You can find links to shop them in this post, and see some swatches and info at the post HERE.

Step 1:

Apply a basecoat, or a peel-off basecoat for easy removal, to keep your nails free of stains.

Step 2:

Choose your glitter polish (you can match it to your dress☺), then decide if it needs to be sponged or not. Sponging glitter onto your nail with a makeup sponge will increase the opacity of the glitter if it’s sparse.

Step 3:

Now apply your polish (painted or sponged) to all your nails. Two to three coats may be needed; let dry 4-5 mins between coats.

Step 4:

If you have a matte textured glitter, you can choose to apply glossy or matte topcoat. But, either way, once your polish has dried for a good 5 to ten mins, apply fast-drying topcoat; then, optionally, add a layer of matte.

Wasn’t that easy?! It’s great how simple-yet-stunning a glitter mani can be. Comment below if you’d like to see a post for removing glitter polish. In the meantime, a peel-off basecoat and/or some good acetone should get it off. Excess can always be buffed off with a nail file. And a glitter mani is so sparkly and gorgeous!

So now, onto something special! I had an idea recently and decided to try to start a nail trend with it. You can see in the image above that one of my nails is shorter than all the others. I call this a Mani Highlight Nail (#manihighlightnail) because it really highlights the manicure and adds a cute touch. I’m excited to try something cool with it next time I paint my nails; I’m planning to add some bling or fancy designs to that nail. I’ll do a full post about this fun trend soon, so subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss that! 🙂

If you’ve been exploring recently, you’ll notice LOTS of updates have happened. ☺

1️⃣ Site FAQ; Have some questions about the site? They should all be answered here!
2️⃣ Learn; Pick your level (Beginner, Intermediate, and/or Advanced) and start creating some nail art!
3️⃣ About; This has been updated with some more details and info!
5️⃣ Nail Support; Need some nail help? The new page should lend you a hand (or a nail, LOL)!
6️⃣ Nail Shop; Love @whatsupnails? Check their section in the Nail Shop!
7️⃣ Blog; Haven’t seen this week’s Triple-Stuffed ALL THINGS NAILS post? Check it out now!

This was what I posted on Instagram (@threesixtynails) last week. And there’s been more since!

– Quizzes; Can’t get enough nail art? Have some fun with quizzes in the new tab and share your results with #threesixtynailsquiz!

– threesixtynails TV (Tutorial Videos): This used to be Video Tutorials, but now, this page has been updated to feature tutorial videos exclusive to and some intro captions with each video.

What do think; what’s your favorite update? My favorite is probably somewhere between Nail Support and threesixtynails TV; threesixtynails TV especially because there’s something really exciting coming soon!!! ☺

You can now subscribe to the threesixtynails Blog!! How cool is that?! The subscription box is on the sidebar of the blog page (over that way —>) and once you fill it out, you’ll be all set to receive your destination for ALL THINGS NAILS right in your inbox three times per week! Be sure to follow @threesixtynails on Instagram; lots of fun and site news happens over there. If you share any re-creations and/or inspired manicures, tag #threesixtynails on Instagram; I’d love to see. 🙂 Check the rest of the site for even more fun! Hope everyone had a fun and safe Spring Break, and I’ll see you Wednesday. Bye!

– Cali, host of threesixtynails


Cali G.

I'm a nail artist, positivity/wellness enthusiast, and perpetual creative. I've been sharing nails and good vibes here in my corner of the Internet since 2017. Follow me @threesixtynails on social and check the Contact page if you want to get in touch. Have a polished rest of your day! ✨


  1. Very informative!!! Great job!!!

    1. threesixtynailshost

      Thank you, Joe! Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

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