We’ve All Been Applying Glitter Nail Polish Completely Wrong

For Teen Vogue, by Sarah Wu.

Every once in awhile, an earth-shattering revelation comes along that makes us realize we know nothing. Think “our planet actually orbits the sun” type epiphanies — although granted, we weren’t around to witness that one. Today’s reveal is going to change your life in a slightly different way, but it’s no less momentous. It turns out we’ve all been applying our glitter nail polishes incorrectly. We’ll let that sink in.

The correct method can be found in one of YouTuber Kelli Marissa’s tutorials, reports. Instead of painting your glitter lacquers on as you would regular polishes, you need to first dab them onto makeup sponges. Make sure you’re using a disposable one and not your precious BeautyBlenders, because you’re about to sacrifice the sponge in question to the manicure gods. The idea behind the additional step is that the porous material will soak up much of the liquid base, allowing the glitter to go on in a thick, opaque coat. As you can see in the video, when Kelli sponges on the polish, she gets an incredibly dense finish with minimal fuss. FYI, this is also where we discovered the genius hack of painting liquid latex around your nail bed, to avoid getting any polish on your fingers. Genius! And just think, now you have something sparkly to match your glitter lips. Now there’s a bright idea…

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