With nail salons back open for business, my Saved folder on Instagram is rapidly filling up with manicure inspiration for the season ahead, and I've noticed one unexpected look that's trending right now: glitter nails. Yes, while pastel hues and cute nail art still look set to be classic summer staples, the coolest girls are dressing up their nails with sparkly polishes and pops of shimmer. And I'm not mad about it. After all, while glitter nails have traditionally been popular during the winter months, the fact that party season was nonexistent last year means that glitter is coming out to play this summer instead.
Still need some convincing? While glitter nails might conjure images of 7-year-old you at a birthday party, this nail trend is surprisingly wearable. In fact, from minimalist hints of shimmer to full-frontal sparkle, there are so many ways to embrace twinkly nails. Ahead, I've pulled together some of my favourite glitter nail looks right now and the polishes you'll need to re-create them at home.
The grown-up way to wear glitter? With a negative-space manicure, of course. Leaving lots of natural, glossy nail shining through means this glitter nail look feels fresh and ready for sunshine season.
With salons reopening, nail art is having a huge resurgence in popularity, and glitter nails are up front and centre as one of the biggest trends. From sheer sparkly bases to intricate metallic designs, glitter adds both colour and texture to summer nail looks.