DIY Holographic Glass Nails


For today’s blog, we will show a nail tutorial on how to achieve this holographic broken glass nail design! Originated in South Korea, the broken glass nail design became one of the hottest trends in the nail art world back in 2015.

This is a very simple design that is not only easy to re-create, but also looks so gorgeous. You won’t be able to stop yourself from staring at your nails!

If you give this design a try, please share a photo of it with us using the hashtag #lifesespresso on Instagram!

The materials used for this nail tutorial:

  • Ulta3 Nail Colour – Base Coat
  • Sally Hansen – Miracle Gel Top Coat
  • Essence Colour & Care – 02 I care for you
  • Essence the gel nail polish – 23 Wonderfuel
  • W7 Nail Polish – 167 Pink Flakes
  • Nail art Star Flakes
  • Nail art Cellophane
  • Dotting tool
  • Scissors

Let’s start!

Step 1: Apply a base coat to your nails

Applying a base coat will help protect your nails from stains and also ensures that your manicure will last longer. Base coats tend to dry pretty quickly so the base colours can be applied right after it has dried. Apply the purple colour on the thumb, middle finger and pinky. On your index and ring finger, apply a light pink nail polish. Paint on two layers so it will be opaque.

Step 2: Time for the stars

Whilst the pink polish is still wet, it is best to stick the stars on so it will dry in place with the polish. Lightly tap the stars into the nail polish. If your base is already dry, you can dab a little drop of top coat to stick the decor on.

Step 3: Prepare the cellophane

Cut the cellophane into triangles or random shapes and sizes (this depends on personal preference) using a pair of scissors. Try to cut them in a variety of sizes but avoid making them too big, as we want them to fit nicely on your nails.

Step 4: Applying the cellophane

At this point, the purple polish might have already dried and so the cellophane won’t be able to stick. Paint a layer of base coat onto your nails and using a dotting tool, pick up the pieces of cellophane and randomly place it onto the nails. If you don’t have a dotting tool, you can use a toothpick dipped in water. When placing the shards of cellophane onto the nails, remember to leave a gap between each shard to give it that broken glass effect.

Step 5: Final details

Paint a coat of ‘Pink Flakes’ on top of the glass nails. This polish has tiny pieces of cellophane that will make the nail design look even better! When everything is dry, apply on a good top coat. Using a gel top coat allows to help the shards last longer.

That’s it! Quick and simple. I hope you found this nail tutorial easy and enjoyable. Thanks and hit the follow button to keep updated on future posts!


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