Particles can only increase the "object count". Having more objects does not mean the visual will be more beautiful.
This is more about art design. I suggest you take a look at some sprites of Metal Slug's explosion and its visual effects, and study from them instead.
However, if you are more of a programmer than an artist, you can still try the glow effects, etc. (ex. try put glow effect on a layer where all particles will be spawned to have glowing particles)
But again, if you wanna make things more beautiful, this is more about the art, and not really related to capx or C2 tutorial here. Go study art instead.