I’m forever looking for new ways to optimize my nail polish stash, which is neither completely insignificant, nor so large and unwieldy it requires industrial storage. All the same, I occasionally find myself with a polish (usually a glitter) that at first glance appears to have a pretty limited (though still pretty!) range of use. I mean, truly, there’s only so much you can do with a holographic glitter topper, right?
Wrong! Because one of the best alternative uses for a glitter is to layer it between multiple coats of sheer polish, creating a soft and sort of squishy looking nail art animal called a jelly sandwich. I’ve created all sorts of fun dupes of more expensive or harder-to-find polishes this way, with the bonus being you can radically change the look of the glitter depending on the colour of the sheer polish you layer it with.
Here I’ve sandwiched a light coat of OPI’s Polka.Com, a teal-and-fuschia-and-blue glitter, between two layers of Sally Hansen’s icy Sheer Bliss. Normally a bit of an eyeball-searer, the white polish takes the edge off the glitter, creating a delicate, almost dainty effect that would be perfect as the backdrop to some spring-inspired nail art.