DIY Nude Nails with a Touch of Sparkle

By Kim •  Updated: 02/10/21 •  6 min read

Every bride wants to have their nails done before the special day. This can allow you to feel your best and complete your outfit. In particular, one trend that we are seeing a lot is nude nails. This is often a subtle yet stylish way to prepare for your wedding. But the good news is that you do not always have to go to the nail bar to have them done. You can do them yourself and add some sparkle.

What are the Advantages of Doing Your Own Nails?

You may be debating whether you should get your nails done at a salon for your big day. But doing your own nails has a lot of advantages and it can make your wedding day extra special. For example, let’s start with the biggest advantage of DIY nails. We are talking about saving money. We all know that weddings are expensive and this is particularly true if you are having a large one. You can save money by doing your own nails and this allows you more of your budget to go towards something else.


What’s more, you might do your nails a lot at home already. So, you have some experience and feel confident doing your own nails. Why would it be any different for your wedding? Often, this is an activity that a lot of women enjoy. Therefore, it can be something fun to do before your special day. In fact, you could even make it a group activity for your close friends and family. You can make a simple task a special occasion for your wedding.

Let’s not forget that some salons will have long waiting times when it comes to manicures and getting your nails done for your big day. If you did not realize this and it is near to your wedding, there might not be any appointments available for you. So, you can get practicing your nails and do them yourself for your special day. It does not have to be a disaster.

Why Choose Nude Nails?

There is a color that is on-trend right now it is nude. But are wondering what color this really is? It is a natural color that is often a combination of brown and white. It is a pale shade and it will match a lighter skin tone. Essentially, there are going to be several types of nude colors and it will be up to you to choose one that complements your skin tone.

The great thing about nude is that it is a color that appears subtle yet classy. It is not going to stand out a mile like red nails but it is also going to be more noticeable that a clear polish. On your wedding day, all eyes are going to be on you. You want to ensure that you look your best. Often, brides go for a natural look and nude nails will complement this style. They are going to match any wedding dress.


What’s more, nude is a color that is often used for elegance. For example, nude stilettos are worn to make your legs lean and long. The same notion can apply for your nails and you can enjoy having beautiful hands on your wedding day.

Plus, are you someone that can be a little clumsy? The big nightmare for a wedding is chipping one of your nails. The good thing about nude nails is that if this happens, it is going to be less noticeable. If you do your nails yourself, you might even be able to touch the color up to hide the imperfection.

What are the Benefits of Adding Sparkle?

For some people, nude nails might be a little boring. If you are someone that wants to jazz things up and have some fun on your wedding day, you can always add a little bit of sparkle to your nails. It can make you feel more luxurious and unique.


What we like about adding sparkle is that it only has to be noticeable in certain lights. This can add a subtle bit of interest that is not going to be overpowering. You can make it sparkly as you want too. So, you have a lot of options when it comes to sparkle. This includes the color. You can choose from gold, silver or even rose gold and different colors. The choice is totally up to you.

Tips for DIY Nude Nails with Sparkle

First of all, you want to make sure your nails are ready for new nail polish. This means cleaning off any old colors with polish remover, as well as trimming your nails. Do not forget to buff them so that you have an even surface and your nail polish will go on smoothly. Pushing the cuticles back is going to be beneficial too.

Next will be applying a base coat. This is going to hydrate the nails and help you apply the nail polish later on. Allow this to dry and it is time to add the nude color. Take your time and apply it evenly. Then you can add your chosen glitter. This is going to look fantastic and will need some time to dry. Be patient as you do not want to smudge your hard work. Do be aware that you might have to add more coats of the nude color or glitter in order to get the finish you want. Just make sure to always wait for it to dry between coats. This is going to prevent any cracks or smudges from showing on the nails.


One of the best ways to preserve your nude nails with sparkle is to add a top coat. Sometimes, glitter can flake off and this can fall onto your dress. But the good thing about a top coat is that this is going to provide a protective layer that can hopefully keep your nails preserved for your wedding day and beyond.


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Right off we have to say that Kim loves weddings! Kim is a writer and editor who focuses on various aspects of how to make your wedding both unique and special. She loves dogs and is the pet parent of a Miniature Schnauzer named Finley. Together, Kim and her dog enjoy hiking across the countryside of the Sangre de Cristo range in New Mexico. She especially loves the area around Red River, which is referred to as the Enchanted Circle. When she’s home, Kim is excited to try redecorating her home, binge watching Netflix (Romcoms, of course), baking, and spending time with friends.

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