You ladies know that 1. I am obsessed with manicures and 2. cannot do them myself. But with some recent nail polish purchases and an extra special nail polish birthday goodie bag from dear friend Allison, I have been inspired to do some DIY nail art (see my other attempt here).
What I’ve discovered about glitter gradations is that it all comes down to the quality of the glitter polish. You need a polish in which the glitter particles are densely packed into the clear polish base. OPI’s Spark De Triomphe polish from the Serena Williams Glam Slam collection is perfect for this! It has champagne and gold micro glitter, silver and gold foil pieces, and gold hexagonal glitter pieces. It is packed so tightly with sparkles that it builds to opaque in just 2-3 coats. Not every glitter polish is this opaque. This stuff is the best. Here are the steps:
- Do a solid nail polish base. I choose to get a gel manicure from my local nail salon, Primp & Polish. This way I can let my at-home glitter gradation shine for a good 2-plus weeks.
- Grab your Spark De Triomphe and pack on the glitter at the tips of your nails (I chose a diagonal gradation this time) for your first 2 coats.
- For the 3rd coat, wipe off the wide-base brush so that there is only a bit of polish on it. Bring the glitter down in a light layer toward the middle of your nail.
- Apply your clear topcoat. Voila!
If I can do it, especially on both hands, then you can do it too! There is too much glare on the picture above to clearly see the fade of the glitter gradation, but I promise you it is just as good as the gradations I’ve gotten at my favorite nail art spots Sakura and Marie (see my NYC Calgel roundup here). And of course, everything I seem to do is pink and gold. Go figure!