March 14, 2013

Spongeless Glitter Gradient

Love glitter gradients?  Don't have tons of time to sponge on each layer or put individual sparkles in the perfect spots?  Here's a simple technique I figured out to avoid all that but still get great results.

What you will need:
  • An opaque cream polish
  • A sheer shimmery polish 
  • A glitter polish that contains multiple sizes of glitter.

I wanted a blue glitter gradient so I chose similar colours for all three polishes, you don't have to though if you want a multi-colour gradient.

Left to right I used OPI Ski Teal We Drop, OPI Austin-tatious Turquoise and China Glaze  Water you Waiting for.

Here I've done a single coat of each so you can get a sense of how opaque each of the polishes needs to be.

Step 1: Put on a base coat of your choice.  I like CND Super Stickey.

Step 2: Cover your entire nail with the opaque cream polish.  It took me two coats of OPI Ski Teal You Drop to get rid of the streaks.

Step 3: Put one coat of the sheer shimmery polish on the top 3/4 of your nail.

Step 4: Put one coat of the multi-sized glitter polish on the top half of your nail.

Step 5: Put one more coat of the multi-sized glitter polish on the top 1/4 of your nail.

Step 6: Put on a top coat of your choice.  I used CND Super Shiney.

And you're done!

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