Monday, 9 May 2011

Glitter Gradnt Reverse Manicure NOTD

Well hello there foxy lady ;)

Today, I have got a step-by-step guide to these gorgeous gradient nails !

What I used:
* OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
* GOSH Magic Star
* OPI Mad As A Hatter
* Eyeko Cosmic Polish

*ELF Professional Blending Wedges
(you can just use a household sponge, like the ones you use for the dishes - I personally dislike using these sponges for anything else so I thought I'd use them for this!)

Step 1: Prepare your nails
Apply a base coat to natural nails

Step 2: Apply one thin layer of a small/light glitter polish
Basically that and then let dry :)

Step 3: Sponge time!
Grab your sponge and paint on some heavier glitter polish. If you prefer not to paint directly onto the sponge, you can put some polish onto a piece of paper and then dip the sponge into the polish before...

Step 4: Sponge glitter onto nails
Gently dab the sponge onto the nails and distribute the glitter polish evenly across the nail. Add more polish to the sponge (paint more on or dip again) to build up coverage.

Step 5: Leave to dry.
Because we are adding another layer after this is dried, it doesn't matter if the glitter does not reach the tips of the nails.

Step 6: Repeat step 3 with a black polish.
The only black polish I owned happened to have glitter in it, but you don't have to use a glitter black. Black cream polishes work well and look brilliant!

Step 7: Repeat step 4 with the black polish
Gently sponge the black polish onto the tips of the nails only and build up to desired coverage.

Step 8: Leave to dry/clean up
At this stage, I would grab a cotton pad with some nail polish remover and gently wipe away the excess polish that has collected on the sides of my nails on my skin.

Step 9: Apply a top coat
In the end, I applied two layers of top coat because I like the feeling of smoother nails, but one layer should be fine.

Less than 10 steps and you're done!

Here are a few extra pictures :)
Glitter close up!

And two standard blurred shots so you can see just how glittery it is!!!

Gotta love it, right?

If you'd rather see this tutorial in video mode, the wonderful Colette from My Simple Little Pleasures (who has a gorgeous set of nails and a very creative blog/YT) has done one!

Love love and glittergradientlove!!
Toffee xXxXx


  1. Oooh I love this one! x

  2. Oh this is beautiful! Maybe I'll do this for prom next week, it even matches my dress!!

  3. This is really pretty, would be great for my birthday in July or for a party. The blurred shots are great too. xxx