DIY Glitter Off Base Coat

DIY Glitter Off Base Coat coverOPI has been busy lately! Recently they’ve released at least 3 collections (!) and a base coat specifically for glitter polishes. When I saw the promos for the OPI Glitter Off Peel-able Base Coat I was skeptical. For years I’ve been using a DIY peel off base coat for swatching glitter polishes.

The down side of using the DIY peel off base coat has always been wear time. I get about a day of wear out of it before the glitter starts to peel off. This is great if you only want to wear glitter for a night out (which is basically the only time I use the glitter base coat).

Because of the wear time issue I was hoping the OPI Glitter Off Base Coat was different from the popular DIY version. Turns out, it’s not. The OPI Glitter Off Base Coat is PVA based just like glue.

Below the jump you find a DIYable version a Peel-able base coat using glue and a few tips on how to get the longest wear out of a glitter mani when using this base coat.


DIY Glitter Off Base Coat supplies

Orly Nail Lacquer ThinnerWhat you need:

  1. Elmer’s Glue (or any PVA based synthetic glue)
  2. An empty polish bottle. Mine happens to be an Essie Good to Go! bottle.
  3. Nail Polish thinner. I used Orly Nail Lacquer Thinner. But any nail thinner will work. Sally Beauty has a generic Beauty Secrets thinner that’s very affordable.

How To:

  1. To clean out the nail polish bottle add a couple drops of nail polish thinner and shake it around. This will dissolve any remaining polish in the bottle. This step is especially important if you’re using a bottle that had colored polish in it.
  2. Fill the bottle with Elmer’s Glue. Make sure to cover the brush entirely otherwise the glue will dry on the brush and that’s not fun.
  3. And that’s it! It’s so simple it’s almost silly I wrote out instructions. To use this base coat apply it like a normal base coat.

Tips and tricks for using this base coat:

  1. Apply the thinnest coat of glue that you can. The thinner the coat of glue the better the glitter will wear.
  2. Make sure the glue dries completely before topping it with glitter polish. The glue will go from a shiny finish when wet to a matte finish when dry.
  3. After applying your glitter polish use a top coat and make sure to wrap the tips of your nail as well as covering the bottom of the polish at the cuticle. Basically, you’re trying to prevent the glitter from lifting. The best way to do this is to cover any edges with a top coat.

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To remove the glitter using this base coat just use your nail or an orange wood stick to lift the glitter at the base of the nail. Once the polish is lifted it’ll peel right off!

DIY Glitter Off Base Coat removal

Hopefully this was helpful. Using glue as a base coat for glitter is no secret and I certainly didn’t come up with it but when I saw OPI was selling their base coat for $9+ I wanted to make sure people knew about this (much) less expensive alternative!


    1. Really? Did you let the glue dry completely before applying the glitter? I haven’t found using this method takes any longer than regular polish application.

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