a while ago (when my nails were still intact and hadn’t decided to all break at the same time) I did this pink gradient mani and was quite pleased with the way it turned out 🙂
This is not always the case when I do gradients, I’ve had my fair share of trial and error when it comes to these. So I thought I’d share a few tips I learnt along the way, even if I still haven’t totally perfected the art of doing them. I am by no means a pro, I just wanted to share a few things that have made it easier for me to achieve the result I am looking for when doing gradient nails.
First things first, these are all the tools I used for this look.
Two pink polishes in different tones, a little make up sponge and a nice glossy topcoat.
Not shown is a white polish that I used as a base.
I went with OPI Mod About You and Shorts Story to create my gradient, both are very pigmented pinks that I think complement each other quite well in this kind of design. I like to pick very pigmented polishes because it means you don’t have to sponge the colours over your nails too many times to cover up the white base and get everything opaque.
I paint a white base on all my nails. I let this dry all the way, so I don’t have any issues with it lifting off the nail when I start sponging over the pink.
I used to have the problem that my sponge left tiny bits of itself on my nails when I sponged on the colour, which drove me insane! Because there is absolutely no way of getting these tiny bits off without ruining your design completely. So one thing I’ve learnt is to wet my sponge under the sink first and then squeeze all the water out. I do this before I start doing anything else so it’s not soaking wet when I start the gradient, but just a little damp. I don’t know why, but for some reason this does help with the sponge shedding onto my nails a bit.
Another thing that had me pulling out my hair is that these little sponges always tend to have tiny hairs and fluff sticking to them! I don’t know why I never thought of it before, but a great way to get rid of these is to use a piece of scotch tape and stick it over the sponge and pull it off a few times. I hope this makes sense to you.. 😀 But it really helps getting all the dirt off the sponge so nothing will transfer onto your nails! 🙂
When the base is dry and your make up sponge is prepped, you can start and paint both colours onto the sponge, overlapping them a bit to make the gradient look more flawless when transferred to the nail. The whole process is a bit hard to put into words, but there are about 48453 Tutorials on YouTube on how to do gradients 😉
When you seal your gradient in with your topcoat it smoothes the colours out a bit more and blends them together nicely. This is my end result and I’m really happy with it!
I hope you found my little tips for a gradient manicure helpful and enjoyed reading this post! 🙂
Lots of Love,