DIY Glitter Toes

Last summer I had glitter toes done and at first I loved them, but after the 6 months it took to get my toe nails back to normal, I realized I was not a fan. The gel that is used to adhere the glitter has to be filed off with a drill leaving your toe nails thin and flimsy.
I am however a big fan of GLITTER (!), so when a friend of mine shared with me how she does it herself, I was thrilled to give it a try. It worked great and I think it looks good too.

These are the three products that I used. What’s great is that there are so many beautiful colors of fine glitter available now.

Here’s the How To:

1. Paint one coat of a coordinating color to the glitter you choose.
2. While paint is still wet, sprinkle glitter all over each individual toe to cover well. Make sure to do it over a pan with parchment so that the excess glitter can be saved and reused. Also a small craft paint brush is helpful to brush away any excess.
3. Paint a clear top coat over the glitter to help keep it contained and to add a shine to the sparkle.

Give it a try, you’ll love the way your toes sparkle at the pool this summer.

Here’s a look at my glitter toes.

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  1. 1

    Where's the toes?? I want a picture of the finished product.
    Love the "How to's"

  2. 2
    Melissa says:

    Thank you! The one thing I wasn't too fond of was getting it off. I'm gonna try your tutorial.

  3. 3
    tiburon says:

    I just had mine done – now I am ascared to take them off!

    Wish I had seen this yesterday!

  4. 4
    Melissa says:

    Ditto to Tib….crap!

  5. 5
    Vanessa says:

    I had some last summer and while playing softball, I almost ripped one of the nails off my big toe. It has been almost a year and my toe is still recovering!!! Thanks for the tip…I'll have to give it a try, because I love the glitter!

  6. 6

    Sarah has been asking me to "paint my fingers" for weeks. She even requested blue. I think you just inspired me to do it today!

  7. 7
    Tiffany says:

    I love the color! I might have to try this!

  8. 8
    gina bina says:

    So lets see the toes!

  9. 9

    I'm totally going to try this! Thanks for sharing.

  10. 10
    Becky, yep says:

    I'm with Manda…where's the finished product?!?!?!?!

  11. 11

    thanks for the tip!! I love glitter toes as well and besides what they do to your toes afterwards I don't like the price either, so this sounds like the perfect solution! Can't wait to try it:)

  12. 12

    cute idea! I will have to try it :)

  13. 13
    Shaunee says:

    I've been wondering about glitter toes. I should try the DIY kind. Sounds like fun!!

  14. 14
    Whitney says:

    Ya! I am out in FL and nobody does glitter toes! I am way excited :) Oh, and I want to see the finished product..

  15. 15

    GEN.IUS. :)

  16. 16
    J Glazier says:

    Can't wait to try it for the 4th of july.

  17. 17
    Vanessa says:

    Ok I am glad you told us that cause I was just going to go get it done with Abby, I will try this 1st

  18. 18

    Kami where did you get that glitter?

  19. 19
    MiaKatia says:

    Well, I was jealous of Tib's toes this morning but I didn't know of anywhere locally to get it done. Thanks for the tips so now I can do it myself!

  20. 20

    Thanks for the tip! I was going to have glitter toes done, but that gel stuff is very hard to get off. This sounds like a much better plan. Thanks!


  21. 21

    So fun, I want to try. But where's the finished product…would love to see.

  22. 22

    glitter is my bff.

    SO trying it.

    TWO DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. 23
    Chessie says:

    I'll have to try this. I already have that same NYC color on my toes right now, but glitter would make it so much better!

  24. 24

    I really like your pic in this post Kam!

  25. 25

    I want to see pictures of the final result! Do they look as sparkly as the other kind (which, btw, I just had done. I had no idea they were so hard to remove!!!)

  26. 26
    april~living the sweet life says:

    Did you know you rank #1 for glitter toes on google search. Just saying in case you wanted to know.

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    also known as shell says:

    yes for the love of everything pure and good I so love you right now!!!!

    i've been dying to do this but not one person in GA knows what I'm talking about!!!

    seriously I'm going to go do this right NOW!

  28. 28
    Sara, Jake and Zoe says:

    Awesome tutorial!! Where can I buy the glitter?

  29. 29
    kami @ no biggie says:

    Hi Sara! You can buy the glitter at a craft store like Michaels or Roberts. I got this one at Sally's Beauty Supply.

  30. 30

    Where do you buy the polish? My wife is wanting to do them.

  31. 31
    kami @ no biggie says:

    Garret – You can use any polish color you choose.

  32. 32
    Petit Elefant says:

    Does the glitter have to be beauty grade glitter {is there such a thing?} or can I use my regular old craft supply glitter stuff?

  33. 33

    I had a bad experience getting my toes done at a party where a salon professional did glitter toes. I payed $15 for them and the next day two of them fell off! At the end of the week all ten were gone! It was such a waist! So I started to do what you do and it’s a great idea although I put on a coat of sparkle nail polish on before I put on the top coat so that there is extra glitter :)

  34. 34
    Sharon Lippert says:

    To remove use ACETONE… $5.00 at any hardware type store. It’s what they use in nail polish remover only this is the straight stuff. Hold your wet cotton ball on there for a few seconds and it’ will come off… I use a paper towel folded up so I don’t have the cotton sticking to the glitter but that’s just me.
    So GLITTER those finger’s and toe’s… A can of acetone will last you years!

  35. 35

    Where do you get the glitter?

  36. 36

    GREAT! Sounds easy, affordable and less damaging to the nail. Thanks! Love them!!

  37. 37

    I heard that Martha Stewart glitter is a good choice for glitter toes. They sell it at Michaels.

  38. 38

    I love love love my gel glitter toes! They come off easily on my toes with minimal nail damage! They are pricey but polish never stays on my toes longer than a week and these last 4-6 weeks before I can’t stand the regrowth lol it’s worth the money to me knowing I don’t have to check or repaint my toes when going out. As a mother of two toddlers time is everything! Lol

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    Stephanie smith says:

    Too cute can’t wait to try this out

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    Stephanie smith says:

    Too cute. Can’t wait to try it out.

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