How To Create Glow-in-the-Dark Nails

How To Create Glow-in-the-Dark Nails

There are so many different ways to style and design your next manicure, but if you’re looking for something really unique, you may want to consider a glow-in-the-dark style. It’s a great option for holiday manicures, especially Halloween, and you can adapt it to fit whatever your personal fashion style might be, or even the time of year. Getting glow-in-the-dark nails is easy, but you’re sure to make a splash at every event and party with nails that really shine. 

Nailboo is here to help you achieve that perfect look. We believe salon-quality manicures should be available to everyone, which is why we’re sharing our easy-to-use nail dip kits that you can try out right from the comfort of home. It’s also why we’re sharing tips and tricks for achieving truly unique nail designs every time. Here’s what you’ll want to know about glow-in-the-dark manicures. 

What Is Glow-in-the-Dark Polish? 

There are many ways to achieve the bright and exciting glow nail polish look you love, and you can customize it with ease to fit your personal style needs. To start, you can check out the wide variety of available glow-in-the-dark polishes already on the market. It’s easy to begin trying out glow-in-the-dark nails with pre-mixed polishes in all your favorite colors. 

But if you want to take your custom nail look to the next level, that’s where glow powder comes in. Glow powder is the ingredient that gives your nail polish the glow-in-the-dark effect, and with a little glow powder, you can turn your favorite nail polish colors and designs into a spectacular display of light and movement. 

You might be wondering if glow powder is safe, but you have nothing to worry about. Glow powder is simply a type of phosphorescent pigment that can be added to regular nail polishes. It comes in a couple of forms, like glue and paint, but the powder is most effective for mixing with nail polish to really achieve that unique glow. 

Simply mix your favorite nail polish with your glow powder and apply as normal. To achieve the full effect of the glow powder, allow the polish to absorb as much light as possible before you turn out the lights and enjoy the show. 

Glow-in-the-Dark Nail Looks 

It’s easier than it might seem to get gorgeous glowing nails right at home, and that means you have a lot of unique and stylish nail design options available to you. Here are a few of our favorite glow-in-the-dark manicure looks that you’ll want to begin trying out as soon as possible. 


Don’t be afraid of the classics. Glow-in-the-dark nail polish is already bold and dramatic, and sometimes one bright color is all you need to really stand out. If you’re looking to let the glow speak for itself, a monochromatic manicure is the way to go. 

Starry Night 

You can achieve a gorgeous starry night design with stars and moons in your favorite glow-in-the-dark shades. Paint your nighttime background first and then add bright whites, yellows, and purples to bring the night to life. Consider shooting stars, constellations, or even a nighttime splatter pattern to really mimic the night sky. 

Neon Vibes 

Glow in the dark makes a bold statement all on its own, but when you want to take that bold statement up a notch, consider neon glow-in-the-dark nails. It’s fun to mix and match your favorite neon colors, and they’re sure to stand out against a bright white background. This look is tons of fun for costume parties and celebrations. 


Let’s face it, glow-in-the-dark colors were made for Halloween. When it comes to Halloween glow-in-the-dark designs, the possibilities are endless. You can go for a spooky shade over illustrations of haunted houses and tombstones, glow up your ghosty decals, or brighten the fangs on your vampire teeth. Zombies, bubbling witch cauldrons, and green-eyed black cats are just a few of the spooky Halloween manicure looks you can achieve with glow-in-the-dark polish. 


The ombre design is one of the most versatile and fun nail styles to try out, and that’s one of the reasons it’s sure to look gorgeous in your favorite glow-in-the-dark colors. You can ombre bright and bold glows from the tip to the base of each nail or embrace the whole set with an evolving color palette that adds a sense of movement to the final look. Neutral glow-in-the-dark shades look great in ombre, or you can try out your favorite bright, bold, and neon looks.  


Add a little fire to your next manicure with glow-in-the-dark flames. After all, that glowing look is hot, hot, hot. Glow in the dark flames look great as a drip-style design from the tip of the nail and can be unique and stylish in both a single color and mix-and-match palette style. Give them a playful look or embrace lifelike flames in shades of oranges and yellows. 


We love a marble design, and your glow-in-the-dark polish is sure to take this classic and chic manicure style to new heights. Marble looks are often elevated and stylish, but when you add that glow-in-the-dark paint, you’ll have a secret tucked between your favorite shades of silver and gold. It’s easy to achieve the marble manicure look with just a few simple tools you have at home. 


Embrace the bright sides of nature when you use glow-in-the-dark nail polish for your next lightning design. Paint your dark sky in shades of black and purple and allow it to dry completely, then use your white and yellow glow in the dark paint to get really exciting lightning strike looks. You can also add stars, clouds, and raindrops to complete the theme. 

Northern Lights 

When it comes to natural beauty, the Northern Lights just can’t be beaten. The glowing nature of the Northern Lights is what makes them so perfect for your next glow-in-the-dark manicure look. Pick out shades of purple, green, blue, and pink, and begin recreating this stunning natural phenomenon right on your nails. 


Bring your love for nature a little bit closer to home with a glow-in-the-dark sunset. Combine the ombre design with drawings and decals of palm trees, dolphins, and ocean waves. The glow in the dark paint will help you to capture the true beauty of the sunset and allow it to keep glowing after the light is gone. 

Gems and Decals 

Glow in the dark paint doesn’t get to have all the fun. When you want to add a little more shimmer and shine to your manicure, gems and decals are the way to go. The glow in the dark look and the shimmery gems match together perfectly for a bright, dynamic, and exciting manicure that will really make you stand out. Add them at the base or tip of the nails or create a gem design all your own—and don’t forget to share your final style. 

Glow Baby Glow

When it comes to a glow-in-the-dark manicure, every look is sure to be a winner. It’s easy to get glow-in-the-dark nails right at home with a few simple tools like glow powder and your favorite nail polishes, and you have lots of great designs and ideas to try out. Glow big with Halloween styles, ombre designs, bold neons, or nighttime illustrations like stars and lightning. You’re sure to be the hit of every party and celebration. 

Whatever the next manicure might be, Nailboo is here to help you get that look you love. Explore our growing collection of easy-to-use nail dip kits or check out our growing library of manicure designs and styles for every step of your nail care journey. We’re here to help you keep your nails safe, remove your polish with ease, and try out manicure looks and styles you really love, like glow in the dark. The only question is, which glow-in-the-dark design will you try out first? 



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