Sunday, May 6, 2012

Glitter Gradient Mani: an easy but gorgeous way to spice it up!

I have a huge final project to do that's due Tuesday (due Tuesday = do Tuesday??) but here I am posting blog updates ahead of time. The few weeks I didn't post anything I continued to do my nails... so, I have SO many manicures I still need to show you guys. This gradient mani is one I just did yesterday.

First and foremost, let me show you the INSPIRATION of this manicure:

This manicure was done by the owner and creator of Cult Nails, Maria. Maria posted this on Instagram a couple of days ago and I fell in love!

I've never tried a glitter gradient (or ANY gradient) before so I thought I'd give it a shot! Here is my version!

Did you notice something different about these pictures?...
....that's right! They were taken of my LEFT hand instead of my RIGHT! I am a leftie, so my right hand always comes out a smidge better than my left. Take a look at how wonky the nails are on my right hand..


My middle fingernail broke and the others are awkwardly too long.. I just didn't want to trim too much on the other nails because they are looking good! I just couldn't take taking all of my pictures of these nails at their random lengths, so I decided to give my left hand some time to shine. ;-)

What I Used:
1 coat of OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
3 coats of Cult Nails Devious Nature
1 coat of Icing Tiger's Blood (Cult Nails Captivated dupe) sponged on
1 coat of Poshe Top Coat

I'm so happy with how this came out. I was feeling unsure midway through but I love my end result. Devious Nature was more watery and runny than I expected. Two coats may have been sufficient but I simply preferred the look of three instead.  

What do you think? Do you like this look? Have you tried it before, or do you plan on trying it?


  1. This is really lovely!! :D I love glitter tips! :D

  2. I actually really like this pink on you and was worried in general about how it might look. Very nice!

  3. Cute mani. Funny thing - your right hand nails look just like mine.. pinky & ring are long, middle is a nub, index is short. Same story too - broke my middle fingernail, didn't want to trim the others. On my left, I broke my pinky nail, the rest are long (long for me anyway, 1/8" to 3/16" past the fingertip) I'm actually trying to figure out if I can cut a slice off of the right pinkynail, and splice it onto the left, so I can have a blogworthy hand again... So, my nails are all messed up right now, and I can definitely sympathize with you here...

  4. lovely mani Emily.. visiting ur site for the first time and loved it.. newest follower.. take care..

  5. This looks so gorgeous on your nails. I especially love the golden glitter!


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