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How to create a glitter gradient nail effect

Kara Endres is a graphic designer, illustrator and fashion blogger based in south Florida. She showcases her DIY skills on her blog, Sprinkles in Springs, as well as shopping guides, trends, fashion inspiration, illustrations, and nail a...

How to... Add glitz and glitter

A glitter gradient nail is way easier to achieve than most people realize. The results are a lot better if you use glitter polish for this instead of trying to sprinkle loose glitter on your wet nail with your fingers.
glitter nail art

Follow these simple steps to master the glitter gradient technique.

Step 1: Choose the right supplies

Colors used for this tutorial include Sephora by OPI Traffic-Stopper Copper, Julep Oscar and Julep Marisa.

Gradient nail supplies

Step 2: Paint a base coat

Start with a base coat of the dark blue. (You can try this with any color, but the dark blue gives the glitter some contrast.)

Base coat for gradient nail

Step 3: Start the gradient

With a small amount of the fine gold glitter on the nail polish brush, lightly paint two thirds of the top part of the nail.

Gradient nail glitter

Step 4: Continue the gradient

With a bit more gold glitter polish on the brush, paint some more glitter on the top third of the nail.

Continued gradient glitter

Step 5: Add some variety

For more variety in the gradient, paint some chunkier glitter (can be the same or a complementary color) over the top third of the nail. This gives the look some more weight.

Glitter gradient

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