Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Summer Gradient

The other day it was SO nice outside. Since my apartment doesn't have a blacony, I packed up my manicure kit and headed to my parents house so I could sit on their back porch while I painted my nails. I packed my most summery cheerful polishes and attempted a gradient manicure.

I failed.

So I took it off and put on something else entirely. But being the person I am, I needed to attempt to get the gradient to work at least one more time. So here is my second attempt at a summer gradient. Don't worry, I'll post the fail picture too.

Ta-da! Now, it's by no means perfect. Especially when my camera is set to macro. But I'm happy with it! It looks like a frozen drink.

First, I painted my whole nail with Color Club- He Loves Me. My friend got the mini bottle in her Birchbox and didn't love the color so she donated it to my stash. Then I sponged Finger Paints- Lemon Sour on the tips. As far as technique goes, read on!

Right hand. The tips are more orange.

When I say I "sponged" Lemon Sour on the tips, well I mean just that! I used a wedge make-up sponge to get the two colors to blend together. You can use a makeup sponge, a eye shadow applicator sponge, anything you can get your hands on! I like using the makeup sponge best. First I painted a line of each of the two colors side by side onto a placemat I use when I'm stamping. I used a toothpick to blend the colors a little bit along the center. Then I dipped my sponge in and placed it on my nail. Here's what my sponge looked like when I was done.

Lemon Sour isn't completely opaque in one coat so I needed to go back over it a few times towards the tips of my nails. To do this I just painted directly on the sponge before dabbing it on my nail.

This technique causes you to get nail polish ALL OVER your fingers around your nails. I just didn't take any photos before clean-up. Use a q-tip dipped in acetone to clean up the large areas and a fine tipped brush for the detailed areas.

And here's my failed attempt from the day before. I started with Zoya- Shelby as the base on this one. The formula for Shelby is SO THICK it's like there is glue mixed in. The color is nice, I just didn't feel like dealing with it for the second attempt.

Gradient FAIL
I showed it to my dad. He shook his head and said, "That doesn't look good"

The problem with my first attempt is that I ONLY tried sponging Lemon Sour on. Using both colors with the sponge helps them blend more easily on the nail.


  1. This looks so good :) it does look like a frozen slushy :D

  2. Its so summery! I love the yellow in top of the pink! Gorgegous! :)

  3. I love it. Super summery! Looks great!

  4. Thanks for the tip, Anna! I'm going to blend aEngland's Tristam and Lady of the Lake as soon as my order arrives. Might be too subtle, though...