Okay, so I know this look has been done several times before, but this has my own little variations thrown in here and there. You can certainly use whatever color you want, just make sure that each shade has the same underlying tone. i.e- some purples have more red undertones than blue- make sure that both your colored polishes have the same undertone.
1) Paint your nails a light, opaque color. I used Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dry Fast Dry Nail Color in “Blue-Away”. Let this dry completely.
2) Paint a little bit of your darker color (I used Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails X-Treme wear in number 04- “Blue Me Away!”) onto a makeup sponge.
3) Bend the sponge and blot it onto your nails- beginning in the middle of your nail and working your way up towards the tip.The result should be the beginning of a light gradient, as pictured. Let dry.
4) Next, you’re going to want to take your darker color polish and paint the tip of your nail. Make sure that your lines aren’t exactly straight- softer lines will lead to a softer gradient effect. Let this dry.
5) Paint over your entire nail with a glitter polish. I used Revlon’s 934 “Blue Mosaic”. I really like it because it has a blue tint to the polish itself, blurring the lines of the gradient. I also like the chunks and flecks of blue, silver, and green glitter- I think it adds a lot of depth to the look.
6) Add some sort of top coat. I usually use Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dry Ant-Chip top coat. It dries in only thirty seconds and leaves the nails super glossy!
The result is a really pretty, sparkly, tri-tone effect that is fun for all-year round!