How To: The Glitter Fade Manicure


Today I’m going to show you one of my favorite manicure tricks… the glitter fade.  Everyone thought I got an expensive gel manicure when I did this but nope… it is just nail polish!  I’ve also teamed up with U by Kotex .. you’ll get a FREE bottle of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure when you buy U by Kotex at Target.  (Only at Target) These polishes are the absolute best… I actually helped launch them a few years ago when I worked for Coty!  Just text ‘KOTEX’ to ‘TARGET’ to get your coupon!




{Start by brushing on three coats of a neutral polish.  I used Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in “Arm Candy.”  It’s a great nude.  On a sidenote, I’m obsessed with the brush of this polish… it is really great because its nice and wide and lets you get your whole nail in three swipes.}


{Allow to dry completely.}


{Next, you’ll want to brush on a coat of glitter at just the tip of the nail.}


{Repeat on each nail.}


{Then, add another coat of glitter… this time going over the tip to give it a denser amount of glitter, and then gently brushing just a little bit more glitter over the bottom of your nail.}


Repeat one more time, creeping the polish up to the top 3/4 of the nail.


Seal with top coat and you are ready to go!


Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by U by Kotex and Style Coalition.



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  1. jillian says 1.30.14

    so fun! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  2. Katherine Quigg says 1.30.14

    I’m obsessed with that brush too! I pretty much only by the Sally Hansen Complete Manicure now for that reason.

  3. Christina Storm says 1.30.14

    Love the glitter!

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  4. Drew says 1.30.14

    So creative! I need to try this out.

  5. Allie says 1.30.14

    I normally love the stuff you post, but I just don’t get this. It looks like a 5 year old painted your nails. Maybe a lighter / less severe color would look more natural?

    • Grace Atwood says 1.30.14

      aw, I’m sorry you didn’t like it! I think it would also look really pretty {and a little more subtle} with gold or silver glitter.

  6. Catherine says 1.30.14

    I’m not normally into nail art, but you’ve converted me! I really want to try this.

  7. Kristi says 1.30.14

    Love this glitter fade mani! I’m going to give it a try!

  8. Belen Baquerizo says 1.30.14

    looks very cool!

  9. Holly says 1.30.14

    I didn’t realize the giltter fade was this easy! Thanks for sharing your tips & tricks on this 🙂

  10. fashionsbit says 1.30.14

    The colour is amazing. I love nail art!

  11. Nancy says 1.30.14

    That’s so cool how they’re offering free nail polish

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  12. Holly says 2.25.15

    I actually like the first pic where it is just on your tips. So pretty :))