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Laura Serino

After visiting Maine only a handful of times, Laura Serino packed up her studio apartment in New York City and headed north for "the way life should be." After a summer on North Haven island, she and her boyfriend, a Maine native, settled in Portland, Maine. Serino is a former magazine editor who has been published in national and regional publications. When she isn't blogging, she spends her time antiquing, scouring thrift shops, exploring new places in Maine and cozying up to her cat Jasper. She recently completed her first book, "Twentysomething Girl, 1001 Quick Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier." Reach her at Follow her: @ForeFrontFash

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Posted: December 19, 2012

A diy holiday manicure – and it involves glitter

For me, getting a manicure is a treat yo self sorta thing. I don’t do it often, though there’s nothing better. Since the holidays are a chaotic time, I’ve enlisted the help of nail polish maven Mackinleigh Isherwood, owner of Mack Gives Back, to give us an easy, at-home manicure that’ll be a hit for the holidays.

Here’s what you need to get started.

A basecoat: Orly – Bonder

A base polish: China Glaze – With Love

A glitter polish: Mack Gives Back – Tinsel

A topcoat: Seche Vite

Start off with a basecoat to protect your nails from staining and to help your manicure last longer, then paint two coats of your base color of choice. I used a bright, cheery red that is perfect for Christmas, but you can use any color you like.

Next, take your glitter polish and wipe off about 75% of the polish on the neck of the bottle. It should look something like the picture above.

Using the glitter that is left on the brush, start ¾ of the way down your nail and paint towards the tip. The glitter should be rather scarce at this point.


Follow the same procedure as before, but only wipe off 50% of the polish, and paint the top ½ of your nail. This will start to build the gradient towards the tip of your nail.

For the tip of your nail, simply paint the glitter as you would a normal polish.

Finish your manicure with your favorite topcoat and you’re done!

Thanks Mackinleigh! Check back next week for a New Year’s Eve nail tutorial! 

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