Midnight Purple Nails w/ Chunky Gold Glitter Stripe Space Manicure

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Now more than ever nails have become an added accessory to outfits… and I love it. This weekend is my cousin’s bachelorette part and I plan on wearing a black dress with gold shoes so I thought I’d give myself a manicure that would compliment the outfit.

OPI nail polish+ sephora gold flake+nails+manicure

I used OPI “Lincoln Park After Dark” which I think was THE COLOR of 2006 and Sephora by OPI “Only Gold For Me” chunky glitter spec top coat.

gold glitter manicure

After allowing two coats of Lincoln Park After Dark to dry, I created a stripe of sorts on the outer side of each nail. Only Gold For Me is pretty thick so it’s best to let the clear coat drip a little before applying to your nail to get the most glitter specs on the brush.

nails with gold glitter stripe-manicure

I didn’t want the stripe directly down the center of my nail… the idea was more of light reflecting off each nail, if that makes any sense. I love that they sort of have a starry-night-space effect.

fluffy decor ball-pussy willow tips-nails

After I posted a pic last night on Instagram, I got a ton of questions about what I was holding… they are pussy willow decor balls and they’re very soft.

painting nails-hands -chanel top coat-manicure

And of course, a top coat of Chanel extreme brilliance for extra shine!

nails + glitter mani + manicure+ring+wedding rings

nails-pussy willow decor balls-ring

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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • teamgunn

    November 4, 2011 | Reply

    oh love the idea. so simple and so beautiful. 🙂 love love love

  • CessOviedo

    November 4, 2011 | Reply

    Purple and glitter? … pure love! Like that is not right in the center, looks even more fun!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

  • Dee

    November 4, 2011 | Reply

    I love your nail tutorials.

    And really, everything about your blog. So awesome. I’m trying this this weekend.

    Thank you 🙂

  • Neris / Fashion Fractions

    November 4, 2011 | Reply

    love the manicure! very simple and pretty! Have a great weekend 🙂


    Fashion Fractions

  • Rosa | Red Velvet + Leopard

    November 4, 2011 | Reply

    They look so nice! I’m going to try this out soon! Thanks for the inspiration and tutorial!



  • Loulou

    November 4, 2011 | Reply

    Your nails look gorgeous. And I love the balls you’re holding. …. Erm, that came out sounding wrong!

    Loulou @ Loulou Downtown

  • taylor

    November 4, 2011 | Reply

    i love your manis. always so much fun! i can’t wait to see what you come up with for the holidays–no pressure! xo

  • MerciBlahBlah

    November 4, 2011 | Reply

    Megan – I have been doing this same thing lately with a Wicked-like color and the gold glitter (but all over), and I thought exactly the same thing – it looks like a starry night. Love the striped look on yours. I’ll have to try that one next (though my current favey fave is neon pink – totally different look). AND I just posted Madonna’s Borderline video on the blog today? SOMEONE just hit their midlife crisis….


  • Food, she thought.

    November 4, 2011 | Reply

    Love this one!!!!

  • Schnelle Couture

    November 4, 2011 | Reply

    Great color combo! It looks great!

  • Felicia

    November 4, 2011 | Reply

    Oh my gosh, I love this look! I’m not a huge fan of dark polishes but the glitter got me. Totally going to buy both colors this weekend!

  • PinkGlitter

    November 4, 2011 | Reply

    Love your nails! I might try a similar dark polish/stripe look soon.

  • Michelle

    November 4, 2011 | Reply

    you come up with the best manicures. i’ve shamelessly ripped off so many of your nail ideas and this one is next in line! happy friday!

  • Maria

    November 4, 2011 | Reply

    LOVE IT!!! Must try soon!

  • *Sparkles*

    November 4, 2011 | Reply

    love love love! reminds me of constellations! stellar…

  • Arlene

    November 4, 2011 | Reply

    Super love it! Literally made me go wow. It’s so beautiful!

  • K.M.

    November 4, 2011 | Reply

    wonderful def. gonna try this out ♥

  • Alex

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  • Roxy

    November 4, 2011 | Reply

    absolutely love your nails!


  • Rachel

    November 4, 2011 | Reply

    Can u please do a post of ur nail polish collection?

  • thankfifi

    November 4, 2011 | Reply

    Nice balls! Ha, sorry, couldn’t resist. Nice nails too.x

  • Devon

    November 4, 2011 | Reply

    So first, Lincoln Park After Dark is pretty much the only shade I wear October thru March, so you are a woman after my own heart. And second, I love the idea of only painting a stripe of glitter. You’re right, it really reflects the light and makes your nails look super shiny!

    And finally, I know this is random, but I have very similar decor balls in my house, and most of my friends think I’m crazy. I’m going to use this post to show them that I am not the only person who thinks this concept is awesome!


  • Alessandra Nido

    November 5, 2011 | Reply

    It’s a really good idea!
    I like it 😀

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  • Anna Saccone

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  • Carolina Krews

    November 6, 2011 | Reply

    that’s really pretty 🙂



  • Style Servings

    November 6, 2011 | Reply

    Looks fantastic, am definitely going to try this as well!


  • NaszL :)

    November 6, 2011 | Reply

    Ooohh ! incredible color ! i liked !
    great nail polish..
    you have got a very nice blog!your shares are enjoy and pretty :)) congrats for everything and swatches. i have got a nail polish blog.i wait u my blog 🙂 i follow you … to discuss 😉
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  • Carly {xoxo teacherista}

    November 7, 2011 | Reply

    love, love, love! I can’t wait to try, and I also can’t stop staring at your gorgeous bling!

  • Erica

    November 7, 2011 | Reply

    That is super pretty & really glamorous. Lincoln Park After Dark is one of my favorite colors.


  • Nuha

    November 7, 2011 | Reply

    you give yourself the best manicure! i always end up looking like i butchered my fingers hah

  • Charee Lenee'

    November 7, 2011 | Reply

    Very pretty. How long does your manicures usually last. I can never get mine to last more than 2 days.. LOL

  • drollgirl

    November 7, 2011 | Reply

    your nails look SPECTACULAR.

    and i like your balls too. l ololololol

  • Jenni

    November 8, 2011 | Reply

    WOW! love this. You have great tutorials! And thanks for stopping by my site 🙂

  • BusyWorkingMama

    November 8, 2011 | Reply

    Gorgeous color combination!

  • Gawgus things...

    November 11, 2011 | Reply

    Stunning! Love dark purple 🙂
    Emma xxx

  • NaszL :)

    November 11, 2011 | Reply

    Veryyy nice manicure 🙂
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  • Karishma

    November 27, 2011 | Reply

    Wow amazing! It looks awesome, the eggplant color + gold glitter is mesmerizing. Do you have any other suggestions for color combinations? Like for silver glitter perhaps?

  • Tutus & Tea Parties

    December 30, 2011 | Reply

    I love it! Great look for new years!

    I’d love for you to link up & share: http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/2011/12/pinteresting-linky-party-week-nineteen.html

  • Anonymous

    December 30, 2011 | Reply

    Just out of curiosity why do you refer to your husband as “the husband”?

  • Maggie Mizar

    June 9, 2012 | Reply

    These are sooooo pretty! I cant wait to try them out! Take a peek at my place at http://www.borntobeblonde.com

  • tish

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  • Heather

    September 18, 2016 | Reply

    I love this look. Classy and simple with just enough glitter.

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