How To Do the Perfect Glitter Gradient!

As promised, today we are going to learn how to do the perfect glitter gradient and just in time for the holidays too! They look fairly easy to do, but there are a few tips and tricks that would have helped me when I first started doing glitter gradients which I will happily share with all of you today!

Base coat
Top coat
Purple nail polish (I’m using Nicole by OPI – Pretty in Plum)
Glitter nail polish (I’m using Nicole by OPI – Mi Fantasia)
After applying your base coat, paint your nail two coats of your purple polish. Isn’t this colour absolutely stunning?
Start your glitter gradient with AS LITTLE polish as possible and start painting in dabbing motions from about 1/3 of the way down from your cuticle. If you’re not sure whether you have too much glitter on your brush, paint the tip of your nail first just as a precaution.

When it comes to how much glitter to apply, the key thing to keep in mind is that you can always add, but too much and you have to start over so err on the side of caution!

This is an example of how much glitter you should have on your brush. Not much at all!
Next, allow the brush to have a little bit more glitter on it and start dabbing the glitter 2/3 of the way down from the cuticle. Finally, just load on as much glitter as you want right at the tip of the nail.

You can see why it’s important to choose a fairly dense glitter for a glitter gradient as you don’t want the layers to be too thick. When the layers are too thick, the polish takes much longer to try and tends to look quite thick towards the tips of the nails.

Apply a nice shiny top coat and you’ve got a sparkly glitter gradient that will be wonderful to wear during the holidays!

One of my favourite glitter gradient combinations  to wear for the holidays is either red/green with gold glitter. Nothing says festive like gold glitter!

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