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.

7 comments :

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

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

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

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  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...

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