(Source: Courtesy of Red Carpet Manicure)
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Nicholas K, Fall 2013 Nails
The look: A smooth gel nail with gritty glitter texture at the tips

How to DIY:

- First, go through all the basic gel manicure steps of applying a base coat, two color coats, and a final top coat. (For the gray hue above, manicurist Lisa Logan used Red Carpet Manicure's "Always Slate, Never Early," which hits Ulta stores this March.)

- Then, right before you wipe down your digits with gel polish cleanser, dip the tip of your nails into a pot of glitter. If you gently press the glitter down, the tacky film from the gel will hold it in place.

- Set the manicure under the curing lamp and then — finally! — give your nails and cuticles good ol' rub-a-dub with cleanser.