Pretty, Easy Nails: Gradient or Ombré Glitter or Whatever You Call It?

Welcome back to "Jane Marie Has Some Repulsive-Ass Cuticles." Today we're going to do one of the easiest-to-create nail art looks using glitter. The great thing about this technique is that you can be totally messy and, sure, maybe individually your nails will look a little wonky, but as a set they'll be perfect.

Step 1: Apply a base coat to expertly filed nails. Take a photo using a ring light to hopefully minimize imperfections?
Step 2: Choose a good color. For this look, I like to use either very pale colors or near-blacks for maximum sophistication. Apply one coat of this color to the entire nail. For the second coat, try to avoid applying the color at the very base of your nail because this is where our glitter will go and we don't want it to get too glopped-up with paint because then it'll never dry. Hopefully you can see what I mean in this photo.
Step 3: Select two different glitter polishes in different metallics. I always use gold and silver. The key here is to pick one glitter — the first one we'll be using — that has smaller flecks which are more concentrated. The second glitter should contain larger flecks that are more sparse.
Step 4: Apply the first glitter to the base of your nails like so. You'll want to cover about a quarter to a third of your nail. Don't worry if it looks like shit. Wait five minutes.
Step 5: Apply the second glitter over top of the first but this time you can go halfway up the nail. Check out how not-uniform this looks. That is okay. Allow this to dry for another five minutes or so.
Step 6: Apply a quality top coat. This will blend the edges of your work and make everything all shiny and delicious. Use a Q-Tip dipped in nail polish remover to clean up any polish you may have gotten on your skin. The end!

Previously: The Three Dot Manicure.


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