I decided to welcome my favorite season with a fresh pastel manicure. I’m loving spring’s pretty soft hues, and wanted to incorporate this major trend. I lined up my favorite shades of blue, from light to dark, and a dose of glitter, to create a graduated manicure. You can create a similar look in about five minutes, read on for the complete tutorial.
You’ll want to start with clean, dry nails and file away any snags or uneven edges, to really give you a notice-me-manicure. I started off with a clear coat that multi-tasks as a top and base coat – saves money and space in your makeup bag! Allow it to dry for about a minute or 2 before adding color.
Step 1) I applied the lightest color to my thumb, 2 coats, for a little more intensity.
Step 2) I brushed on my 2nd lightest color in 1 smooth even coat, making sure it’s just a little darker than my thumb. I started in the middle of the nail bed and filled in the edges to even out the color.
Step 3) Next, I added another shade of blue, just darker than 2 the previous hues. I find having a white polish comes in handy, if you need another shade, just mix in a few drops of white polish for an instant pastel color.
Step 4) Apply a thin coat of a metallic polish; let dry for about a minute, then apply 1-2 coats of glitter polish.
Step 5) On my pinky nail, I used the darkest blue shade.
For extra shine, add a top coat as soon as your nails dry. Reduce drying time by using a quick dry spray. Clean up any errors with a wooden cuticle stick, or cotton swabs with nail polish remover.
Viola, you’re ready to greet spring with a fresh manicure! Tell us what shades you’d use in the comments below.