I have always loved glitter gradient manis. I’ve seen a lot of them on Pinterest and Facebook and wasn’t sure if I could pull one off. The first time I saw the essence circus confetti glitter I didn’t like it. I thought that it was too busy and that there were too many colours. Then I stumbled on a mani on Pinterest. A white background with a polish similar to circus confetti glitter gradient and I fell in love with it. It was then that I decided to buy the circus confetti glitter and a white polish as I only had Tip Top Cream Puff which is a creme polish and slightly off white. For some reason I didn’t re-pin my inspiration and I can’t for the life of me find it now again, so you’ll just have to be satisfied with my version of it! I actually went to go and search Pinterest for glitter gradients and am starting to think that I made the whole thing up in my head. Or I may have seen something and then modified it in my head.
I decided to do this mani for the Huggies event that I attended. I wanted to do something fun and frivolous. I also like doing my nails specifically for an occasion. I wasn’t sure how I would do the gradient. I asked Ordinary Misfit for advice and hunted down tutorials on YouTube. Misfit suggested I use an eye shadow applicator sponge to sponge the glitter on, giving me more control of placement. The YouTube tutorial suggested tearing a piece of sponge from a make up applicator and using that. I started off using the eye shadow applicator, but it was pink and I noticed that the colour from the sponge was transferring onto my white base coat. I then switched to the make up sponge, which is white.
On the tutorial they just concentrated on placing glitter on the tip of the nail and then when the glitter was sparse on the sponge they sponged down to place some glitter further down the nail. It is difficult to predict how much glitter is going to rub off the sponge though, so you may end up with nothing or too much. If you end up with too much dabbing the sponge again sometimes picks up some of the glitter, or you can attempt to move the glitter with a dotting tool. I was obviously working with bigger glitter chunks so was able to move the pieces around a bit. You can’t do that with regular, fine glitter.
I started off with my Tip Top Miraculous Results as a base coat. I always use this as a base coat. Since I’ve started using it I found that my manis actually lasts longer. Before I used to use my Essie Top Coat as a base and top coat. I’ve since decided that it is better to use something for what it was intended. I then painted two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White. I’ve seen this polish used on a lot of blogs as a base for nail art, which is why I purchased it. I painted both my ring fingers with two coats of Orly Vinyl which a colleague lent to me to try out. I gave my polish a little time to dry. I was scared I would smudge my base if I sponged while they were too wet. I started sponging on glitter to the tip of my nail and then moved down slightly. Sometimes more glitter came off than I would of liked and I manipulated it to look sparse. I covered all my nails with the glitter gradient, which is why I painted my ring finger black for accent. I finished it off with an Essie top coat. Even though I put a top coat on, I still had some glitters sticking up. I could of added another top coat to help for this, but just never found the time to do that.
Here is a picture of the finished product:
Click to enlarge the picture. What do you think? Would you try this on your nails?