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