Button with flare: how to make an animated flare on pure CSS

🗓️ Updated: 09.08.2022
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In this article you will learn how to make an animated button flare. We will do it with CSS-animation, using keyframes. No JS, just HTML and CSS.


Now let’s do it in order. First, let’s create a button in HTML:

<div class="btn">Button with flare</div>

Then let’s add some styles to it in CSS:

.btn {
  display: inline-block;
  position: relative;
  color: #fff;
  font-size: 1.5rem;
  background: linear-gradient(to right, #0162c8, #55e7fc);
  padding: 1rem 1.75rem;
  border-radius: 0.5rem;
  overflow: hidden;

What did we do here and why? First, we wrote position: relative, because we are going to use a pseudo element (our flare) and it will have to take its parent (the button) as a reference point. Also we’ve set a linear gradient for the background, resized and colored the text, rounded the borders and added paddings. But most importantly, we added overflow: hidden – it means that everything that will go beyond this element will be hidden.

As a result, we got a button like this:

But it doesn’t have a flare yet. Let’s add it.

How will this be realized? We will create a pseudo element for which we will set CSS properties that will make it look like a flare. Then every five seconds we will run an animation which will move our pseudo element (flare). We will create a flare effect on the button this way.

Let’s get started.

Let’s create a :before pseudo element and write some CSS properties for it:

.btn:before {
  content: '';
  width: 100%;
  height: 200%;
  position: absolute;
  top: 0; left: 0;
  opacity: 0.5;
  filter: blur;
  background: linear-gradient(to left, transparent 0%, #fff 40%, #fff 60%, transparent 100%);
  transform: translate(-100%, -25%) rotate(10deg);
  animation: blick 5s infinite;

In the first lines we set the size and coordinates of our flare. It will be twice the height of the button and located on the left side. Next, we added a little blur and made it more transparent.

Pay attention to the background we prescribed. From 0 to 40% of the flare width (and it occupies 100% of the button width) the background will be transparent. Then from 40% of the width to 60% the background will be white. And accordingly from 60% to 100% of the width – the background will be transparent.

Using the transform property, we moved it outside of our button and also rotated it a bit.

And with the animation property we specified which animation we will apply to this pseudo-element. We also specify the time in which the animation should be done and set it to infinite, which means infinite animation.

Now it’s time to write the keyframes for the animation.

Keyframes are key points in the animation. Keyframes help us manage intermediate steps during the animation.

@keyframes blick {
  0% {
    transform: translate(-100%, -25%) rotate(10deg);
  20% {
    transform: translate(100%, -25%) rotate(10deg);
  100% {
    transform: translate(100%, -25%) rotate(10deg);

Let’s go into more detail here.

We have set that our flare will start the animation being outside the button on the X axis (translate(-100%, -25%)). After 20% (20 percent of 5 seconds – 1 second), the flare (pseudo-element) will already be in its original position along the X axis (translate(100%, -25%)). This means that it will pass along our button in one second. And then it will freeze. That is the remaining 80% (or 4 seconds) it will be in a static position, but visually we will not see it. And then the animation repeats.

Finally, I want to remind you that I didn’t use prefixes for keyframes and other CSS properties. But you should not forget about them.

That’s all. I suggest you to watch the video, where I once again explain how to make an animated flare effect on the button.

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