Sunday, 19 February 2012

How To :: Graduated Glitter Nails


Aloha Sprinklerinos,

If, like me, you love nail varnish and like to have pretty little paws that add a splash of colour or a twinkle of glitter to your overall look, then this will be the post for you!


For the longest time I've drooled over other people's beautiful nail art blog posts and looked longingly at the tutorial videos that made intricate details and swirly designs look oh-so-easy.

Sadly for me, I just don't have that steady a hand and my nails end up looking like a dog's dinner. *Sigh*.

So with all that in mind, imagine my joy to find a sparkly nail art technique that is so easy even me and my sausage fingers can pull off! I give you- Graduated Glitter Nails.

How do I do this snazzy nail look on my own pinkies?

1. Do whatever nail prep you usually do.
2. Pick a colour and paint it evenly all over the nail.
3. Take glitter polish and paint a thin coat from about 3/4 of the way up to the tip and leave to dry.
4. As number 3 but from about 1/2 way up to the tip and leave to dry.
5. As number 3&4 but from 1/4 of the way up and leave to dry.
6. Apply top coat.

Simples.

My Tips for Top Talons:

♥ If you are new to this technique, choose a lighter base colour as it is more forgiving on any heavy handedness glitter-wise. Currently I'm wearing a lilac with silver glitter and it looks amazing. I did take a snap but my hands are suffering in this cold weather at the mo, so I thought best not to share.

♥ Be gentle with the glitter, the aim is to build it up sloooowwwllyyy.

♥ Be aware that this is a lot of polish on you nails, especially at the tips. I have found this has led to easier chipping. Not a problem but if you're going out Saturday night, don't apply on a Wednesday and expect them to still look perfecto. Plan it properly.

I absolutely adore this look. It gives you a chance to use glitter in a more sophisticated way and I'm looking forward to experimenting with more colours. For those that are interested, the colours in in my fancy demo above are OPI 'We have a purple' and OPI 'Spark de Triomphe'. I buy my nail wheels for £1.99 in packs of 10, from this ebay store.

Is this a nail method you'd try?

Toodlepip!

xx


61 comments:

  1. I love this!! I am definitely goling to have to try this it looks gorgeous!!! xxx

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  2. I love how this looks! Its gorgeous!


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  3. These look great! Going to definitely give them a try :)

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  4. This looks so nice! I'm pretty rubbish at nail art but i'm going to try this :) xx

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  5. This is lovely! I treated myself to a new glitter polish just the other day so I'll definitely be trying this soon :) xxx

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  6. This looks so lovely :) I am also useless when it comes to nail art so I'll be trying this out for sure! xox

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  7. Wow, they look amazing! - so going to try this! - by the way I really love your blog and your youtube channel, only recently started reading and watching, and I love you! Always look forward to new posts and videos:)xx

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  8. Definitely going to try this out tonight! It does sound simple, and I've always thought it was far more complex than you just described. Can't wait to try it :)

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  9. ooooooh this looks pwettyyy!!! thankyou! xxx

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  10. I love it! I think sometimes 'full on' glitter can be a tad too much (if there is such a thing?!) but this a fab alternative! xx

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  11. Oooh it's so gorgeous Louise! Need to try this out :) x

    ug-lily.blogspot.com

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  12. so pretty! glitter nails are so cute.

    Tanesha x

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  13. absolutely love this omg!
    It's similar to this http://paddingt0n.blogspot.com/2012/02/spray-paint-nails.html
    but more sparkly :) x

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  14. Such a good idea!
    http://www.allthingsbeautymake-upandshopping.blogspot.com

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  15. Love this, defo going to give it a go.

    I like you don't have very steady hands, I've attached a blog post of mine about animal print nails- excellent because they don't have to be exact.xxx

    http://little-miss-rouge.blogspot.com/2012/02/manicure-monday-purple-leopard.html

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  16. I never knew this look could be so easy. Thank you Louise for showing us :D
    xo.

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  17. really nice!!! im into glitters these days....



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  18. What a great post and this sounds as if its easy something which i will be able to do and I love glitter xx

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  19. I tried to do it this way so many times and always failed... Now I do it with a chunk of torn up make up sponge, works so well an I feel like I have so much control of where everything goes!! X

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  20. Ah this is ruddy brilliant!
    I recently re-found a purple nail varnish I thought I'd lost - may have to try this out using that and MO Disco Mix!
    xx

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  21. Love them ! Thank you for the tips ! xx

    clayandbeauty.blogspot.com

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  22. I love this! I have Spark De Triomphe and haven't used it yet but after seeing this I think I'll have to try this tomorrow!xx

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  23. I love nail polish, I'm going through a phase of trying loads of new colours etc so really want to try this out. Straight to the shops tomorrow to buy some glitter polish :) x

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  24. This is brilliant, Louise! I loveeee doing my nails! BUT you're going to shake your head at me because I actually have NO glitter nail varnishes! I will buy some now because this looks lush!

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  25. Love doing this! Please come check me out sometime for some fun nail polish posts, I think they will be right up your alley!

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  26. I can't wait to try this. I don't have a steady hand either so its really rare I find a nail tutorial I can try.

    B xxx

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  27. sooo pretty I love that it gradually gets goldier (yes, I believe I just made up a word)

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    Rose x

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  28. Very well written louise :) my you tube channel is solely for basic nail art videos. If you look for "Royal Glitter Fade Nail Tutorial" you'll find a super quick way of doing this - easy easy easy - I absolutely promise you!! It also saves the mess of the glitter :)

    My channel is... YouTube.com/liverpoollashes

    Karen x
    Liverpoollashes.blogspot.com

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  29. I can relate to you on the nail art thing. I lack a steady hand, but I still try! I've actually been wanting to try this glitter look for a while now. good thing you posted this! hahah :)

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  30. So pretty. Going to try this!

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  31. I love this, but I gave up on glitter nailpolishes because they're just too much of a hassle to remove :(

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  32. Definately going to try this one out, I haven't even attempted any of the nail art with the pens, I know it'll end up as a big smudge on me!
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  33. I can't wait to try this out...thanks for the tips xx

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  34. Love this. I'm hopeless with doing my nails too xo

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  35. i' ve tried this glitter nail look a few times and it looks so lovely! :) I have a few nail tutorials and nail looks on my blog which might help, because I don't have a steady hand at all either, hahaha :D lovely post as usual :) xxxx

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  36. I am loving glitter nail varnish right now!

    I've just tried this :)

    Love, Elizabeth xx

    http://butterflyboo.blogspot.com/

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  37. Very pretty and seems easy enough to do! Thanks for sharing Louise! x x x

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  38. Pretties!
    I'm a bit like that - not v.good on the ol' nail art... hence why I always stick to simple polka dots! Ha. Although I am going to try the swirled marbled effect tonight.. wish me luck!
    x

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  39. I painted mine like this the other day! I thought I was being original but obviously not! ha. nicely done louise :) looks so pretty x


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  40. This is stunning! I'm going to try this out soon :) you're so creative & such an inspiration! :)
    xxxxx

    http://adashofgold.blogspot.com/

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  41. This looks really nice! Definitely going to get a glitter polish to try this out :)

    x

    beauxdivine.blogspot.com

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  42. This is a really pretty idea X

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  43. loveee this look! it's such a 'you' idea louise! xxxx

    http://blackeyebeauty.blogspot.com/

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  44. Thank you for sharing this Louise. Such a great idea! Definitely going to give this a try because of you! Love from Australia! :)

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  45. Thanks for posting!!

    It looks amazing!!

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    Follow and I'll follow back x

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  46. hey louise I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! and LOVE LOVE LOVE these nails! :P if you get a min in your busy chedual please check out my blog... I NOMINATED YOU for an award! xxxx

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  47. wow absolutely adore this and adore you!

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  48. These look fantastic, i'm definitely going to give these a go. I just wanted to tell you that you are by far and away my favourite beauty blogger because you just come across as being so normal and down to earth. I love all of your descriptions and everything about your posts and videos. So I just wanted to say thank you. Watching your videos made me finally decide to get off my bum and have a go at blogging myself.

    Jeni xxxx

    http://little-miss-rouge.blogspot.com/

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  49. I have just tried this with a baby pink and mixed colour glitter... It looks fantasic.. Thank you for sharing this. Looking forward to showing it off in the office tomorrow. xxx

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  50. love these nails sooo much just tried to do them myself they are black with silver glitter :) thanks for introducing me to this design I'm not going to be able to stop doing my nails now :L xxx

    just started blogging: http://emeli-j.blogspot.com/

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Sprinkleofglitter xxx