How to Make Sprinkle Nails

Fun manicure ready for a celebration!

12.8k Views 452 Likes 34 Comments
Image for Step 1

Your eyes aren't playing tricks on you- these are real sprinkles! You can easily achieve this awesome mani that'll shock everyone when you say you did it yourself! Stop drooling and let's get started!

Image for Step 2

Get your supplies ready to use. Put sprinkles in a big enough bowl to dip your fingernail into without hitting the bottom-- set aside and try not to eat'em.

Recommended For You
Image for Step 3

Make sure hands and nails are squeaky clean and ready for the works!

Image for Step 4

Start with the basecoat-- the basecoat really does help this manicure last. I use Orly's Bonder Basecoat and love it! You can haphazardly slap it it on, too.


Now take the rest of these steps one nail at a time--- I start with my index and work my way to my pinky. I save the thumbs for last since its larger.

Image for Step 6

Apply 3 coats of polish, the thickness will help catch the sprinkles. Any color works if it isn't runny. I chose this pale yellow because it reminded me of cake batter--mmm, cake..Ahem..

Image for Step 7

It should take 15-30 seconds for the polish to become tacky-- now this baby can be dipped!

Image for Step 8

Curve your finger into a hook shape and dip into the sprinkles; this will ensure the entire nail is covered. Be sure not to hit the bottom of the bowl.

Image for Step 9

You should have a result like this-- don't worry about those gaps! That's where the "stick" comes into play.

Image for Step 10

Use the stick to push the sprinkles from the cuticle to the nail bed. Be patient and don't be too rough, the sprinkles can still slide a bit. Clean off the end of the stick if it gets sticky.

Image for Step 11

You will be able to feel/see when the polish gets more dry, you can better shape the sprinkles-- be sure to gently push the sprinkles into the polish at this time.

Image for Step 12

It's getting yummy! Move onto the next nail- paint, dip, shape. 1..2..3.. Then you move onto the thick top coat.

Image for Step 13

Now-- DO NOT BRUSH ON THE TOP COAT-- whew.. Sorry about that. Brushing it on will smear the sprinkle color. Instead, dot on thick drops and spread them if need be. This keeps the sprinkles intact.

Image for Step 14

And there you have it! Yummy sprinkle nails! You can use other colors-- a darker color can be considered caviar nails. Oh you fancy, huh?

Image for Step 15

OH! And if you're OCD like me and decide to pick the sprinkles off, you're still left with a weird but cool result I like to call "Funkfetti" ha! Enjoy!!!

Image for Step 16
keyboard shortcuts:     previous step     next step
View More Comments