2 Genius Tips For A Perfect Glitter Gradient Manicure

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glitter gradient manicure

The glitter gradient is by far the most popular festive manicure. No wonder, it looks fantastic and is an easy one to do. Things can get tricky though. Do you ever get bumps or clumps of glitter when doing glitter gradient manicures? Or maybe the gradient effect is not a smooth transition. I had those problems too until I discovered this great technique. I’ve been using this method ever since and even taught this technique along with a few other nail art tricks at Nail Stars Melbourne.

So this technique I’m about to show you in the tutorial below is an absolute game changer. Your glitter gradients are about to reach a new level of perfection!

glitter gradient tutorial

TIP 1: Before applying glitter polish on your nails, put the polish brush on a paper towel and let it absorb the clear base for about 5 seconds then apply the glitter.

TIP 2: Another way of doing it: apply glitter polish first to a paper towel and let it set for about 5 seconds, then pick it up with the brush and apply gradually building the glitter gradient effect.

In both cases the paper absorbs the clear base. As a result you get glitter that is much easier to apply allowing you better control the placement of the particles. That way you can build up the gradient quickly without having to apply too many layers! This technique applies to all kind of glitter gradients, such as this, this or this, and it works wonders anytime you need a dense layer of glitter.

How genius is that?

– Maria, xx

PS. Polishes used: OPI Kiss Me Or Elf and OPI Don’t Speak Pure 18K Gold. Ring: Starlight Ring.

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  • Jacky

    Wow, that is genius! I can’t wait to try it! I love gradients. Thanks for posting this! :)

  • Amy

    Oohh how simple is that tip? Excellent!

  • This is a fantastic tutorial. I would never have thought of doing this. Thanks for sharing your talents and your ideas with us all. Have a wonderful Christmas, and may the New Year be a happy and prosperous one for you and yours.

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