glitter nail art

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.

How to... Add
glitz and glitter

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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Comments on "How to create a glitter gradient nail effect"

Sidney January 14, 2014 | 8:09 AM

Thanks so much for the great tip. These colors will go perfectly with my sari for a school project. Where did you buy the nail polish?

Anna Herrick October 22, 2013 | 1:16 PM

thanks for the super directions on the nail designs. I have granddtrs and we all have fun making different patterns. But none as good as these.

Emily July 12, 2013 | 7:52 AM

Thank for the great tip will try to that one day

Lea February 01, 2013 | 5:21 PM

Could I do this glitter gradient technique with all blue polishes and glitters? Wanting to do this style for my baby shower and birth of my son! :)

Teresa November 11, 2012 | 8:38 AM

Thank you for that great tip on nail polish!!

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