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Shattered Glass Nails: 20 Looks You Should Rock Today [2021]

Shattered glass design on nails looks just fabulous. While it may seem complex to most of us who have not tried out this style yet, it is actually far easier than it looks! You can recreate any shattered nails look with iridescent tape.

Layer that with some nail polish and it will look as if your nails were dipped into nail shards! In this article, we review 20 fabulous broken glass nail looks that you should try. As a bonus, we will also tell you how you can get those looks!


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Alright, it’s actually easy to do this. All you need are foil adhesives which are easily available online and your standard nail polish. In the background, you have your base coat, your nail polish layer, and your top coat.

Then, you cut up these foil adhesives into random polygonal shapes and apply them onto your nails. Afterward, just apply a layer of builder gel to keep those fragments in place. Voila! You got your new shattered glass nail design on! Here are 20 looks to inspire you.


shattered glass nail stickers

shattered glass nail stickers



korean shattered glass nail

korean shattered glass nail



clear shattered glass nail

clear shattered glass nail



shattered glass pink nail

shattered glass pink nail



holographic shattered glass nail art

holographic shattered glass nail art



shattered glass foil nail art

shattered glass foil nail art



shattered glass acrylic nails

shattered glass acrylic nails



shattered glass purple nails

shattered glass purple nails


9. Glassy Fragments

glassy shattered nail designs

If your iridescent tape has a blue hue like this one, you will find black or other dark nail polish colors a good fit for the shattered glass look. Note that the sizes and shapes of these ‘fragments’ are irregular at best, which makes it look a lot more like broken glass fragments!

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10. Thin Broken Glass

thin broken glass shattered nails

Well, this design just proved me wrong when I initially said that you can cut the tape into an irregular polygon shape. As it turns out, even a thin, striped tape nail art like this can work as an alternative broken glass nail look!


11. For Your OCD

OCD shattered nail arts

Don’t want your shattered glass nails to look unorganized or messy? Sure, we can handle that. First, you should draw interconnected diamonds as an outline. Then all you need to do is to cut your iridescent tape diamond-shaped as well and paste them in!


12. Just A Little Bit

Shattered Glass Nail arts

No one said that you have to apply those tapes all over your nails. You can also cut them up and paste it in just one small corner as well if you so wished.

This sample right here shows how beautiful your nails can still look even with this simplistic broken glass design!


13. The Cheating Method

cheating method shattered nails

Shh, don’t tell anyone about this! If you don’t have those tapes, you can achieve a similar effect using any of your nail polish and use a Sharpie to draw random lines across the nails.


14. Stiletto Nail + Shattered Glass Design

Just look at how fierce these nails look! The stiletto nail design pairs up well with the sharp glass fragments. With all the sharp bits pointing towards the tip, this design gives a new definition to sharp nails!

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15. Delightful Colors

Your iridescent tape does not need to be super pale colored and this picture just proves it. Even with darker shades, the colors shine through, almost giving an effect of a colored gemstone.


16. A Mix of Iridescence

If you can’t choose between the iridescent tape shades, go for a mix of everything! This design utilizes 3 different types of nail polish colors and tapes. Top this design with a decorative 3D nail art and you would have nailed this broken glass look yourself!


17. Just Use A Pre-Made Tape

Yes, there are people who sell shattered glass nails stickers. All you need to do is to cut the tape according to your nail shape and length and paste it on.

You might want to consider adding another transparent top coat on top to protect the colors on the sticker though.


18. Fragile & Almost Transparent

almost transparent shattered nails

This white and gold nail design has got to be one of our favorites. While still using the shattered glass concept, this user has given it a twist as well.

By using a mix of a squoval-ish shape and a diamond shape, you are already halfway there. Add a few golden dotted details here and there and top it off with a top coat and you’re good to go!


19. Only the Borders

only the border shattered nails

Have you ever seen one of those raw amethyst rocks? Those stones with sharp and jagged purple or pink crystals inside them?

This black and gold nail design looks like the exact opposite of those rocks. The glass pieces seem to shatter anywhere and everywhere on your nails but the center!


20. Realistic Shattered Nails

realistic shattered nails

This is how I’d expect broken glass nails to look like if something were to strike it unexpectedly. We’re not too sure how this look was achieved, but this sure looks neat!

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Have you attempted your own shattered nail looks before? If you hadn’t, we hope that this post has given you some inspirations on how to make your own DIY shattered glass nail design!

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