How To: Neon Gradient Nails with Glitter
Gradient Nails are something I’ve loved the look of, but never properly tried out. I decided today was the day.
First, pick your colours. I went with two neon polishes from China Glaze, Flying Dragon and Purple Panic. (Interesting Fact: “Purple” Panic is the pink one.)
You will also need either a foundation sponge or one of those foam eyeshadow brushes. I opted for the eyeshadow brush, because I never use these for makeup and I thought the smaller sponge would be easier to work with. But either will work, if you are using the foundation sponge, just use a corner.
Then, you want to start by painting your nails with two coats of one of your selected polishes. I personally like it best when the darkest colour is on the tip, so I painted my nails with Purple Panic (the pink).
Wait until dry. (Thankfully neon colours dry super fast, so I didn’t really have to wait at all.) Your next step is to take your second nail polish and deposit a bit of it on a piece of paper.
Then, using your sponge dip the tip into the polish. Dab the sponge off onto the paper a little so you don’t have too much polish on there and carefully dab the sponge onto the top half of your nail. Concentrate on getting the most coverage at the tip.
Repeat for all your nails. After one coat of sponging your nails should look something like this.
Once they are mostly dry, repeat the process, but only sponge the tips of your nails this time. You want to make the tips nice and dark, filling them in so you can’t see any of the pink.
Make sure you get the sides/corners of your nails. You will really have to get the sponge in there, likely creating a mess all over your skin. But don’t worry, that is the easiest thing to clean up.
Take a Q-tip, dip it in your nail polish remover and take a minute to clean up your skin surrounding your nails.
At this point, your nails should have a nice gradient affect, fading from dark to light.
If you want, you can stop here (although I would absolutely use a shiny top coat to finish off the look – which I have NOT done in these pictures).
I found previously with my blue ombre nails that adding glitter really helped pull the look together, so I wanted to try that here too.
Using Orly’s Winter Wonderland (a clear/white glitter) I added a thin top coat to all of my nails.
After this, my pink and purple glitter gradient nails were all done.
I would love to hear what you guys think!! Have you already tried this nail technique? Or do you think you will?
Thanks for reading everyone – hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!
This entry was posted on April 21, 2012 by Shannon @ Eyemasq. It was filed under Gradient, Nails and was tagged with China Glaze Nail Polish, Flying Dragon Neon Nail Polish, Funky Nails, Glitter Gradient Nails, Gradient Manicure, Gradient Nail Tutorial, Gradient Nails with Glitter, How To: Gradient Nails, Nail Art, Neon Gradient Nails, Ombre Nails, Orly's Winter Wonderland Nail Polish, Pink and Purple Gradient Nails, Pink and Purple Manicure, Purple Panic Neon Nail Polish.