Hi everyone! One of my big exams is today, so the stress is really starting to kick in. It's also from 7-10 PM, so I'll probably be fighting sleep while writing it. I only have one more week until it's all over though, so that's doing a pretty good job at keeping me motivated! I know a lot of other students must be in the same boat, so I hope that you're coping with the stress alright and good luck to you :)
I said last week that I would like to do a tutorial for glitter gradient halfmoons, so here it is! I've grown really fond of this look and it's quickly become one of my go-to styles. I love it as a full manicure or as an accent nail, or in a skittle. It's a really versatile look, and always very pretty :)
I used a beautiful blue-green glitter this time around and paired it with a mermaid scale accent. I've never done a placement glitter look like this but I'm very pleased with the results. The scales weren't as difficult as I expected, and didn't take too long either. Overall, I'm really happy with how these nails turned out!
I started with American Apparel Dance for the halfmoon nails and China Glaze For Audrey for the rest. I applied loose hex glitter with a dotting tool to make the scales. The glitter that I used for the gradient is Sinful Colors Nail Junkie.
- Start with a base coat and any base colour that you want. Let that dry. Use a striping brush to paint the outline of your halfmoon. You can perfect the line later with the glitter, so you don't have to be too neat.
- Paint the rest of your nail with the outline colour.
- While the polish is still wet, start applying loose hex glitter one by one on the perimeter of the halfmoon. I use a dotting tool dipped in water to pick up my glitter, but you can also use a toothpick. If you don't have loose glitter, you can fish out pieces from any glitter polish.
- Apply one more layer of glitter around the perimeter.
- Use a finer glitter polish that matches your hex glitter to create the gradient. Use a makeup sponge to apply polish near the glitter layers and fade it outward.
- Apply more pieces of the hex glitter along the gradient.
- Seal with top coat, and you're done!
Hope you liked this week's tutorial! Enjoy the rest of your work week!