Ruby Red Glitter Nails That Aren't A Pain To Remove

Because I'm using press-ons!
Publish date:
December 9, 2014
essence, press-on nails, glitter nail polish, easy nail art, red nails, holiday manicures

Nail trends come and go, but I've fallen in love with ruby red glitter nails. The red-on-red makes for an understated yet classy sparkle.

When I was in high school I did the costumes for our production of The Wizard Of Oz, and I went in nightly for three weekends to refresh the red glitter on Dorothy's heels. There was something mesmerizing about the deep crimson glitter. It almost looked like blood, but in a lovely, cheery way.

My nails are fairly short right now, and glitter polish is a PITA to remove, so I'm reaching for press-ons today. Bonus: painting your left hand is a cinch with these!

I’m using KISS Nails and adhesive stickers, but any press-ons will do. Just take care to shape them to your nail bed, otherwise they’ll be uncomfortable. You can use glue, but I actually prefer nail stickers, which are ideal for a few days, but can keep for about a week without being replaced or touched up.

For color, I'm using Essence Colour & Go Nail Polish in Fame Fatal. I got a bottle of Maybelline Color Show in An Old Flame for this tutorial, but was disappointed in the poor coverage.

Two coats of Fame Fatal is enough to get a wicked red.

You know what’s impossible to find? A red glitter top coat at the drugstore. Not red and gold, not pink, but RED. Searching for a half-hour just made me look like a shoplifter, so I had to defect to DIY.

I got some fine crafting glitter and simply dipped the brush of my top coat (also by Essence) in the red glitter and smoothed it on. Another bonus: I only needed one coat, so I didn’t end up with gloppy nails in pursuit of good glitter coverage. Say that three times fast.

I’m pretty pleased with the results. They’re party-appropriate, but also not too twee for everyday wear. I had to wonder: if I snap my fingers three times, would I wake up out of these heels and in my own bed? Probably not, but hopefully I might get another glass of Champagne. Just kidding, snapping your fingers is a rude as hell way to summon refreshments.

  • Is there an age limit for glitter polish? I think not, but I’d like to fight about it.
  • Have you tried press-ons? Thoughts?
  • Do you find The Wizard of Oz unsettling at all?