Gold Rush: Graduated Glitter Nail Tutorial.

7 November 2011


Graduated glitter is my favorite design to do on my nails.  It takes a little more time than a regular manicure but if you really want your fingers to stand out and sparkle then this is the perfect thing to do. Whenever I have spare time on my hands I like to do these.


Here's my 'how-to' guide. You'll need a nude or soft pink base coat, a fine gold glitter or gold metallic nail polish, a larger gold glitter and a clear top coat.

  1. Prep your nails by removing all nail polish. You should use nail polish remover to clean your nails even if you have no polish on them. This will remove the natural oils helping your manicure last longer. File your nails down, remove dry cuticles and then buff the nail lightly.                                                   
  2. Apply two coats of a nude or soft pink polish and allow it to dry.                                                   
  3. Apply a thin coat of the fine gold glitter or metallic gold polish to the top half of the nail. Make sure you let it dry before doing the next step.
  4. Use the larger gold glitter to paint the tip of the nail working down towards the edge of the finer gold. The glitter needs to be applied thickest at the tip and less pieces towards the middle.
  5. Let it dry thoroughly then apply a thick top coat to seal the glitter design. Don't worry if you get polish on cuticles.
  6. When your nails have dried use some polish remover on a cotton swab to remove excess polish around the nail. You can also scratch it off easily when your in the bath or shower.
TA DA! Beautiful sparkly nails!

I did these this weekend and since they're so eye catching I've had a lot of compliments. Despite being very glittery they actually go well with most outfits. The nude base color means they don't clash with much. I wear a lot of gold accessories so gold is usually my preference but you can do the same with silver if you tend to wear more silver jewellery. Let me know how it goes if you try these!

xxx

PS: If you'd like to purchase the gold polishes that I used for this manicure, they're now available in my blog store HERE :)

23 comments:

  1. Just wanted to stop by and say hi and thanks for finding my blog! Lets follow eachother!! I am loving your blog!

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  2. i love the nude base! and the outcome is beautiful!

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  3. I'm obsessed with your nails! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  4. oh my!
    i am so going to try this tutorial!

    check out mines on today's post
    i did them friday :)


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    www.onlyaflightaway.blogspot.com

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  5. This is very pretty!!
    New follower.
    ~Jazmin

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  6. I really love this! Thanks for sharing this how-to.

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  7. wow i LOVE that manicure!
    xx

    http://nanakkii.blogspot.com

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  8. I love the gold...BLING BLING. I just started blogging and i need friends. Follow me, please =))

    http://shashashanshan.blogspot.com/

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  9. Hi dear!

    Thank you for your sweet comment in my blog! And thanks for following. I come to check your blog and I really like it!! Many good ideas, beautiful outfits - keep on doing great work! Im follower as well!

    Have a nice new week!
    xo xo

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  10. Congrats! You have 6x the followers I do!

    But still, I'm surprised you dont have more? Your blog is clear and laid out well, you have a nice clear way of writing. You'll be up to 1000 in no time:)x

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  11. So pretty! I'm now following, thanks to you for finding my blog so I could in turn find yours!

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  12. Thanks ladies!

    If you guys try them out and post about it leave me a comment on here so I can see how it turns out for you!

    @Tina, I think it's because I didn't really get the swing of this blogging thing until about a month ago. I only started at the very very end of July anyway (so about 3 months so far) but I wasn't really commenting anywhere so no-one could even find my blog. Haha! I hope I am up to 1000 soon, that would be amazing! Fingers crossed!

    xxx

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  13. adoring this nail polish girl! party stopper for sure!!
    xo TJ

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  14. OMG!!! I am obsessed. I want to try this right away. Which gold polishes do you use?

    Id love for you to check out my blog and follow along. Let me know- Ill be sure to follow back!

    Summer-Raye

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  15. im so glad you gave me a play-by-play... i've been loving this look on pinterest, but had no clue how to do it. love it for xmas parties!

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  16. super pretty =)

    I'm so following your blog !!

    xxx Vee

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  17. Love these!!! I might have to try something similar! thanks for the idea!!!

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  18. Just perfect!! I loovee nail polishes and this idea is amazing! Love the gold! I'll try as soon as possible! I'm following now! Kisses!

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  19. this is actually amazing! I definitely need to try this, new follower <3

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  20. Beautiful nails. They look like they'd be the perfect compliment to a summer wedding outfit.

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  21. Beautiful nails. They would be perfect for a summer wedding.

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  22. Glitter gradient is one of my favourite nail designs to do ;D And I just realised you live in South Korea! I am visiting my family in Korea in a month, and I can't wait!

    x Court
    http://madeinmarcelle.blogspot.com.au/

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