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How to: NYE 2012: Fireworks Nail Art

Sat, 29 December 2012 8:45AM

While your skincare and fake tan routines are well underway, it’s time to think about the nail polish and/or art that you’ll be sporting to toast in the new year.

After all, while you’re sipping on that glass of bubbly, your tips will be on display.

The aim of this look is to create glitter-dipped tips with a statement firework design as a feature nail.

Let’s get started …

Step 1:

Paint a thin coat of base coat and, when dry, slick on a layer of midnight blue or black nail polish. I’m using OPI Nail Lacquer in Black Onyx, $19.95, David Jones. Wait for the polish to thoroughly dry – at least 10-15 minutes. Then, add a thin coat of the same dark-coloured nail polish just on the tips, like you would for a French manicure.

Step 2:


While the tips are still wet, dip them in a tub of glitter – I’m using Hello Darling Glitterbug in Graceland, $9.95, Hello Darling, a blue-silver mix of glitter, which also comes with a clean-up brush to wipe away any excess glitter. Wait approximately five minutes, and then gently press down on the glitter to ensure that it’s dry. Don’t worry if the glitter speckles a little down the nail – it gives more of a firework-like effect! Wait at least 10-15 minutes until the glitter is touch-dry.

Step 3:


Then pick up a thin paintbrush – they’re often called liner brushes (you can buy one at a craft store for under $5), and using a silver polish like Hello Darling Nail Lacquer in Georgeous, $18.95, hold your brush on a slight slant and create three short diagonal stripes on your ring finger. They should look like mini fireworks.

Step 4:


Working quickly, grab your glitter and sprinkle it over the top of your nail. It will stick not only to your silver fireworks, but also may also attach to other parts of your nail, which makes it all the more festive. Use your clean-up brush, or even an old paintbrush, and whisk around or cuticles to wipe up any excess.

Here’s the finished product:

However, Primpers, if fireworks aren’t up your alley, there are other ways to dress up your nails to celebrate New Years Eve. The Orly Flash Glam collection is made up of five coloured glitters, along with a glossy shade of black that is perfect for a base colour. One coat will give you a little hint of glitter but the more coats you add, the more dimension and texture you’ll create. And for those of you who want to get a little bit experimental, you can layer the different shades of glitter on top of each other to create a multi-coloured effect.

My favourite shade is Can’t Be Tamed, a shimmering dark purple:

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How will you be wearing your nails this new year?

Nail art or your favourite polish?

Happy New Year, Primpers!

Hayley x

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  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Sat, 29 December 2012 11:19am

    I love your firework nails hayley. They look so awesome. I love your choice of colours too. Really looks great!
    Ill try this out for sure with the polish I have at home. Hope everyone has an awesome nye night.

  • Posted by: bluebird Master Fan // Mon, 31 December 2012 10:51am

    I love these effects! I’m currently wearing ‘SIlent Mauvey’ by Mirenesse and plan to team it with some silver glitter on the tips like you’ve done with the blue here. Thanks for another inspiring tutorial!
    Wishing all at Primped a happy and healthy new year! :)

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Mon, 31 December 2012 11:06am

    New years eve is the perfect time to go all out. The fireworks looks soo good! I love the glitter :)

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Wed, 2 January 2013 09:25am

    The black and glittery fireworks one is just gorgeous so perfect for the 31st night!

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Wed, 2 January 2013 11:52am

    I love the OPI Nail Lacquer in Black Onyx. It looks so opaque.

  • Posted by: Its_Jess Master Fan // Thu, 3 January 2013 02:07pm

    The firework nails look amazing! I didn’t have time to give it a go this year but I will keep it in mind for next year for sure!!

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Thu, 3 January 2013 04:43pm

    Such a cute look! Love it.

  • Posted by: beautybee1 Master Fan // Mon, 7 January 2013 04:17pm

    I love those NYE nails! I probably don’t have time to do much with my nails right now but I do love the ombre look so I’ll do that when I can.

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Wed, 23 January 2013 09:28pm

    Your New Year must of come round with a bang considering your nails, I used a simple neutral colour to bring in the new year

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sat, 16 February 2013 07:13pm

    beautiful and so easy, i’m going to try this

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Mon, 3 June 2013 04:25pm

    This is nail art I am loving. Wonderful designs for New Years Eve.

  • Posted by: thecatwhosawstars Master Fan // Wed, 5 June 2013 10:51am

    The Orly can’t be tamed polish is gorgeous. A simple way to add some sparkle to your look.

  • Posted by: Erin-1312272625 Master Fan // Fri, 7 June 2013 11:12pm

    So cute!

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 9 June 2013 04:04pm

    wow love the nails!

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