Mani Monday: DIY Glitter Nail Polish Ideas for a Bride or Bridesmaid

by Danielle Salazar May 19, 2014

I’ll admit, the ladies here at Kennedy Blue have a slight manicure obsession and we love trying all the newest trends that we find on blogs and Pinterest boards. We’re constantly scouring the internet in search of cute nail designs for weddings and wanted to show off some of our favorite glitter nail polish ideas for that special day! As much as we love a classic French mani or a subtle nude nail, why not add an extra burst of sparkle to your bridal or bridesmaid look with a stylish and budget-friendly DIY manicure?

3 glitter nail polish ideas perfect for a bride or bridesmaid.

1. Bold and Breathtaking: This diagonal design is a quick and easy DIY manicure for the stylish and outgoing bride. Want it for a bridesmaid look? Try a soft neutral on one side and a bold color on the other to perfectly complement your bridesmaid dress or flowers.

Diagonal Striped Manicure

Get the look: Paint all of your nails a solid nude color. After the polish has completely dried, cover half of your nail (at any angle you want) with a piece of tape. Paint over the area with your glitter polish to cover the exposed nail. Once the polish has dried, slowly peel the tape off to reveal your look!

2. Girly and Glam: We’re all about a great accent nail, and adding just a touch of sparkle to the bridesmaids’ manicures makes for a super fun and girly look. We chose a color that complemented our Kennedy Blue bridesmaid dresses in coral, and accented the ring finger with vibrant gold glitter.

Get the look: Paint all of your nails one solid coral color. Once the polish has dried, paint over your entire accent nail with a glitter polish. You may need multiple coats of the glitter to get the dense sparkle that you desire.

3. Romantic and Whimsical: This gradient glitter nail polish idea is a stunning choice for your big day. Whether you use a pretty neutral palette or a pop of colorful glitter, this look can be worn by the bride or bridesmaids.

Get the look: Paint all of your nails a solid pearl-white color. Once the polish has completely dried, take your gold glitter polish and apply it heavily to the base of your nail, lightly pulling it upward. Apply 1-2 more coats of the glitter to the base of your nail to create a condensed, sparkly look.

It’s your turn to create some cute nail designs for weddings.

Now that we’ve shown you three of our favorite glitter looks, we dare you to try them yourself. Leave us a comment with pictures of your DIY manicures or send them to Happy Mani-Monday!

Danielle Salazar
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Measurement Guide

Taking Your Measurements

For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your measurements should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the ones you will wear with your dress. The measuring tape shouldn't be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel with the floor. 

**Wedding apparel is typically sized differently than retail clothing, so keep in mind that it's not uncommon to find yourself requiring alterations.

Bust size: Wrap the tape around your back and under your arms at the fullest part of your bust (not underneath the bust).

Waist size:  While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. Take the measurement where the natural crease happens in your side. This should be a few inches above your belly button.

Hip size: Standing with your feet together, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt to get this measurement.

Choosing your correct size

Compare  these three measurements to the Kennedy Blue size chart above. It is very important that you order the largest size that corresponds to your measurements. For example, if your bust measures 40.5" (size 12), your waist measures 31" (size 10) and your hips measure 41.5" (size 8), we advise that you order a size 12, and get your dress altered down to custom fit your body. Ordering anything smaller than a size 12 would not fit in the bust area. Please note: Our bridal gown size chart is different than the bridesmaids sizing and is listed below.