Monday, October 17, 2011

Nail Tutorial: Sparkle Gradient Manicure

Hi fashionistas! This post is a tutorial on how to get this awesome sparkle gradient manicure!
Here is what you need:
- Top coat
- Base coat
- OPI by Sephora Looks Like Rain Dear polish 
- OPI Simply Smashing polish
- OPI by Sephora silver glitter top coat 
- Glitter pot for nails by Sephora/ any loose glitter you have- I used Make Up Forever silver glitter (optional)
- OPI drip dry drops (optional)
First start by prepping your nails with a buff and filing. Apply one layer of top coat to all of your nails. Next add two coats of OPI by Sephora Looks Like Rain Dear polish to all of your nails, with appropriate drying time between coats.
Now layer on the OPI Simply Smashing polish, but only to the top half of your nail- this actually looks best if you start about 3/4 of the way up your nail and apply lighter towards the middle and heavier towards the tip of the nail. After your first coat, do a second coat but this time only at the end of the nail, making this part darkest and most covered by the color.
 Next, layer on the glitter top coat all over the nail, do this at your own preference level. If you want even more sparkles, you can also layer on some loose glitter from a glitter pot. Both of these steps are dependent on how much glitter you want on your nails.
To finish of the manicure be sure to apply a generous top coat to seal in all of the sparkles. I always use OPI drip dry drops to make my manicure dry super fast (these drops are a lifesaver, seriously trust me I couldn't live without these!)

Ta-da! Here is your fabulous glittery manicure! I hope you enjoyed this nail tutorial :) Let me know if you try it out!


  1. I've done gradient nails before, and I find that (although awkward when first trying) if you paint from the top of your nail down, it gives more of a gradient effect than painting from the down up. The brush will have less polish on it by the time you reach mid-nail.

  2. so cute! you're always so crafty i love it. do a gradient on my nails next time we hang out? =)


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