Wednesday, August 24, 2011

How To: Glitter Gradients are Spark-tacular!

Hi lacquer lovers!

Today's post is going to be all about creating a glitter gradient. I know I've seen multiple tutorials on how to create them, so if you've seen them as well, sorry, here's another one but for the ones of you who haven't take a good look!

Things you will need:
  • Q-tips or cosmetic sponge (I use Q-tips, I think they're easier and cheaper)
  • Glitter nail polish (kind of obvious lol) and a regular polish if you want a base coat color
  • water
  • patience
 First step is to start with your base coat color. You don't have to do a base color if you don't want to but I find the glitter stands out more if you do, especially depending on the combination of base color and glitter color you use. The color I used was Time-less is More from OPI which is a shear white color that would be great for doing french manicures.

After your base coat is completely dry, on to the glitter! Take your Q-tip and get the tip of it wet but not dripping wet. If the Q-tip is wet then the glitter won't stick to it as much and will transfer for your nail nicely.

Once your Q-tip is wet, open your bottle of glitter and put some polish on to the tip then start to apply to your nail. I start at the very tip of my nail and pat downward toward the cuticle and keep repeating this process until you get the effect that you like. I used Sephora by OPI's Spark-takular! 

The last step, as always is a good clear top coat! And a great way to remove this mani once you're ready to switch it up, would be to use the foil method which I posted about not too long ago :)

I hope this was helpful to those of you who were wanting to learn!

PS- this is my birthday manicure!! :) 


  1. Cool! I never heard of using Q-tips for this :)

  2. Bookmarked this post for further experimentation, thank you!! If I get a good look I'll post it on my blog and credit you xxx

  3. It's definitely worth giving a try. I like the Q-tip because it's smaller and I feel like I have more control of the glitter and where it goes.

    Also, Lisa if it doesn't turn out good the first time, don't get discouraged! It took me a few tries to really get the hang out of it :)