Gleeful Glequin Nails!

Liz says…

Hello, Darlings! Today I am thrilled to share with you my first foray into “glequin” nail art. Inspired by the INCREDIBLY TALENTED (all caps because she’s crazy good) Sammy of The Nailasaurus.


Now, there are plenty of nail art techniques out there on the internet that utilize these tiny glitters, but before Sammy I wouldn’t have thought of covering an entire nail (or nails) with the stuff. Somewhere between glitter and sequins, “glequins” are a fabulous tool for the anal-retentive detail oriented and patient manicure enthusiast.


For today’s manicure I sat down and watched the Nailasaurus’ glequin video tutorial. Even though Sammy made the whole thing look easy-peasy I was still a bit nervous about placing the glequins so perfectly, especially with such tiny pieces. It turns out that it wasn’t so bad after all.


Here’s the rad thing about the glequins that I used for this look – they are actually purple and iridescent on their own, but once you place them over black they come alive. Reminiscent of butterfly wings and oil slicks, my accent nail flashes a dizzying array of colors. I’m SWOONING.


As you can see, my placement was not exact. I found that due to the size of my glequins it was incredibly difficult to line the sides up together, so after a torturous first ten minutes I came to peace with the fact that my nail would not be “perfect” or particularly clean. With that weight off my shoulders I set to work to quickly fill in the rest of my nail, and I love the end effect.


Like a teeny tiny mosaic on my nails, I am now a glequin convert… I want to use them with all the polishes. ALL of them! I estimate that to do an accent nail on both hands it took me about an hour. I’m not sure if that’s an average application time (can anyone vouch in the comments?) but it was totally worth it. Ugh, I’m still swooning as I type because my nails are flashing like crazy with every key stroke. 


What do you think of this manicure? I think that it’s a pretty good representation of a glequin manicure, especially for my first attempt! If you would like to see glequins in action check out the glequin section of The Nailasaurus’ blog. It will make you a believer!

  12 comments for “Gleeful Glequin Nails!

  1. January 23, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Very pretty! I’ve always wanted to do this but I doubt my placement would turn out as symmetric and even as yours!

    • January 23, 2014 at 7:52 am

      Awwww, thanks Renu! I say give it a try because I felt the same way. I didn’t think there was ANY chance that I would get the glequins lined up, but once you get going it’s not that bad. 😀

  2. January 23, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Love it, very elegant!

    • January 23, 2014 at 7:54 am

      Thanks, Jeanie! 😀

  3. January 23, 2014 at 10:04 am

    That’s terrific. I think even I could do this. I’ve got to get these for my next challenge.

    • January 23, 2014 at 10:43 am

      Thanks, Marcia! I think you can do this FOR SURE and I hope you try it out! 🙂 I want to pick up larger hex glitters at some point, I feel like the placement will be much easier if I could actually see the teeny tiny edges. LOL

  4. January 23, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Your gleequin mosaic is gorgeous.

    • January 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks, Erika! 😀 One of these days I’ll have to do it to all of my nails… Glequin mosaic INTENSIFIES!!!!

  5. January 23, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Oh I LOVE this!

    • January 23, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      Yay! Thank you! 😀

  6. January 23, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    I seriously love that! I do not have the patience for the placement!

    • January 24, 2014 at 7:28 am

      Thanks Laura! The work goes quickly once you get started, I promise! LOL

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