Glitter gradient


Glitter gradient mani – in pink & gold.

Polish Rating: ORLY Cotton Candy: A-; Mavala Sparkling Gold, A; Spoiled by Wet & Wild Jewelry Heist: A.

Difficulty rating: 4/10

Hey all,

Hope you enjoyed your Easter holidays!

While we still have snow coming our way according to the weatherman, my mind has already decided it’s about time for spring! I thought a cute pink and glitter gradient mani was the perfect way to welcome spring in! Why do I love the glitter gradient? Not only does it look great in sunlight (ooh so shiney), it’s also a great manicure idea to consider using once your polish starts to look a little ‘tired’ or even begins to show small signs of chipping after a few days wear – rather than removing the polish entirely, re-vamp your mani for a few more days wear with glitter tips!


After you have applied your base coat, start by picking out your color. I went with a cute springy peach/pink from ORLY called Cotton Candy. I applied two coats and allowed them to dry.


The Next step is to find a makeup sponge, and a glitter you would like to sponge on your nails. I chose Mavala’s Sparkling Gold which is a clear base with gold and red micro glitter. It’s a nice densely packed glitter.


Now it’s time to sponge on your glitter. Apply some of the glitter nail polish to your makeup sponge, and start dabbing the tips of your nails. You can apply two coats this way so that the glitter is more intense at the tips of your nail and less intense towards the middle of your nails, but allow for them to dry a bit in between each application or you risk just pushing the glitter around instead of building up.


Repeat on all nails until you feel satisfied with the result. I could have stopped here but I decided to add more glitter!

Clean Things

(a moment of silence for my failure at paint skills…)

*Ahem* Onward!


Using the Spoiled glitter (from this collection) I painted my tips focusing on the ends to add to the gradient, rather than sponging it on.  After that, give your nails a clean and a top coat (when they’re dry) and you’re good to go!

There you have it! I wish my camera could capture how sparkly these nails are!


This picture gives you a better idea of how the mani looks up close – here you can see both the small and large glitter better, and you can see more of the red in the Mavala color I used today.

Well, what do you think? Have you tried glitter mani’s before? What are your favorite combinations?




One thought on “Glitter gradient

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