Monday, July 30, 2012

Pink Glitter Gradient

Lately I've been getting asked a lot on Instagram if I could create a glitter gradient tutorial. I haven't made one yet because it's really so simple. But if you guys want one, then there's no reason why I can't snap a few pictures along the way.

This is my glitter gradient manicure today. If you'd like to see how I achieved this look then continue reading!

Step 1: Grab a base color and some glitters! The look I did has a nude base color, this is something that can be switched up. The nude base allows the glitter to show up a little better, but if you want to use a bright purple base or a dark colored base, you totally can. From left to right: OPI- Sweet Heart, Orly- Tiara and Revlon- Sparkling.

Step 2: Paint on however many coats of your base color that it takes to get a nice finish. This is 2 coats of OPI- Sweet Heart.

Step 3: Out of all of the glitters that you would like to use, apply the finest glitter first. This is all about a gradual gradient look. If you apply your chunky glitter first, it may not look as gradient as you would like. This is Orly- Tiara. What I did was as I removed the brush from the bottle of glitter, I swiped off most of the polish. You only want a tiny bit of glitter on your brush. Be sure to leave the bottom 4th of your nail glitter free. This will also help with the gradient effect.

Step 4: You can continue to build up your finer glitter if you prefer, but this is where I start to bring in my chunkier glitter. This is Revlon- Sparkling. Again, make sure that your brush isn't loaded with glitter. You can always go back and add more. This is where you want to place most of your second coat of glitter. Once your brush has hardly any glitter on it, you can go ahead and blend a bit.

Step 5: This is another coat of Revlon- Sparkling. I also did some glitter placement with the bigger chunks. You want to focus this coat mostly on the very tip of your nail. When there is hardly any polish left on your brush, again blend it into the rest.

Step 6: Apply a fast drying top coat to protect your polish and you're finished!

I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial! I love this manicure so much. Glitter + pink is always a great thing in my book :) If you have any questions, feel free to ask them below.

Happy polishing!


  1. Durrr it makes sense now!:) I've been trying to do this mani on a makeup sponge! Thanks is much for the tutorial!

    1. you're welcome girl! glad you like it. you can use a sponge too but I feel like this way gives me a better result!

  2. Awesome tutorial! Very pretty! I'm not terrible at glitter gradients but I could definitely improve! :)

    By the way, I nominated you for the Liebster award on my blog! :) Check it out if you like!


    1. thank you! do you own revlon- sparkling? such a pretty glitter! one of my favs.

      and thank you for the nomination! what the heck is a liebster award!? haha