A shade of the dramatic, where different is all there is.


White and Green Shimmer Gradient Nails

A few months back I did a tutorial on how to create the gradient nail effect.  For that tutorial I used a neon pink and purple by China Glaze and wanted to see how the technique held up with glitter/shimmer polishes.  (For gradient manicures I like to use two contrasting colours to create a more dramatic effect, but of course you can use similar shades for a more subtle effect.)

I started with Orly’s Winter Wonderland polish, a white shimmer polish, heavy with tiny silver glitter.

Orly's Winter Wonderland nail polish

Then, using a cosmetic sponge, I lightly dabbed on “Watermelon Rind” by China Glaze on the upper half/two-thirds of the nail. gradient nail tutorial

Then, I began adding a second coat of Watermelon Rind, but this time, starting further up the nail.  (Leaving the lightest part of green untouched where it meets the white)

how to create gradient nails

Repeat with a third coat, starting even further up the nail this time, focusing on the tips of each nail.  At this point, you should really notice the gradient effect.  (Don’t worry about it getting all over your skin, that is normal!)

how to get gradient nails

Then, you simply take a q-tip with nail polish remover and clean up the skin around the nails.

Watermelon Rind Nail Polish - gradient nails

A gradient manicure like this is really fast and easy to do.  And because the coats of polish you are applying are so thin, it dries very quickly.   gradient nails with Watermelon Rind and Winter Wonderland nail polishes

Have you tried out gradient nails yet?  Do you have a favourite colour combination?  Or a different method you prefer?



How To: Neon Gradient Nails with Glitter

Pink and Purple 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.)

Neon Nail Polishes by China Glaze

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.

Sponges for Gradient Nails

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).

Neon Pink Nail Polish

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.

Flying Dragon by China Glaze

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.

Pink and Purple Gradient Nails Tutorial

Repeat for all your nails.  After one coat of sponging your nails should look something like this.

Gradient Nails Tutorial

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.

Tutorial for Gradient Nails

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.

Gradient Nails How To

Tutorial for Gradient Nails

Take a Q-tip, dip it in your nail polish remover and take a minute to clean up your skin surrounding your nails.

Tutorial for Gradient Nails

At this point, your nails should have a nice gradient affect, fading from dark to light.

How To: Gradient Nails

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).

Neon Gradient Nails

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.

Glitter Gradient Nails Tutorial

After this, my pink and purple glitter gradient nails were all done.

How To: Gradient NailsGradient Nails Tutorial

I would love to hear what you guys think!!  Have you already tried this nail technique?  Or do you think you will?

Pink and Purple Gradient Nails with Glitter

Thanks for reading everyone – hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!



Gradient Nails with Glitter

Glitter Gradient Nails

Glitter Gradient Nails

I wanted to share another really easy but fun nail style.  The gradient nail trend is super popular right now and can be created many different ways.

Orly Liquid Vinyl and China Glaze Some Like it Haute