10 May 2012

Teal gradient nails


The gradient trend is huge right now! Thanks to Mimi from Makeup Withdrawal and Sammy from The Nailasaurus we now all know how to do smooth gradients with creme finishes!

I always adored gradient nails and with glitter the easy part is it quickly gives a smoot line. Cremes on the other hand are much more difficult because the line becomes harsh so quickly. With the technique both ladies showed (Mimi polishes the sponge directly, Sammy mixes the polishes before getting it sponged on) even I was able to create a pretty creme gradient!

For this first try I used two of my favorite cremes, a england Galahad and CND Urban Oasis. I first painted 2 coats of Galahad as my base, waited a little, then created a gradient on the back of a stamping plate (one without paper, obviously) and sponged it on with a foundation sponge. I did have some trouble with aiming and sponging on my right hand as I am right handed, but even that one turned out nice. The amount of polish on my skin though was a bit harder to handle.


The good part about clean up is, the most polish is on your skin and not so much pooled in your cuticles. Just wipe off the big excess with a q-tip and use a brush for the smaller parts!

How do you like my first attempt? Have you done gradient nails yet?

21 comments :

  1. It looks gorgeous! I gotta try this sooner or later. I'm always scared by the cleaning though!

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  2. i love this!!! i seriously need to learn how to do this gradient thing!

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  3. Gorgeous! I need some of these colors in my collection

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  4. I want to do gradient nails too! They look sooo good :)

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  5. Oh I love it! I'm so happy that gradients are trending right now. I've always been a fan of them and the "new" way to sponge them makes it easier and I swear less when doing my gradient manis! ^_~

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  6. Thank you Simona! The clean up is really not much work, but you could always tape off your skin for the biggest chunks!

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  7. Aww thanks, it's not that hard just check out The Nailasaurus and Makeup Withdrawal for tutorials :).

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  8. Ooh you should, bet they'll look great on you :).

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  9. Thanks Rie ♥, it's funny how I can be awfully impatient and neurotic and therefore cursing like a bish in the car but with manicures I am quite calm haha!

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  10. I know I commented on PAA, but this is gorgeous!  Great color choices!

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  11. Aww very sweet to leave a comment here too Angie ♥!

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  12. Thanks honey! Can't wait to see you do gradient nails!

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  13. I'm also a huge gradient fan but usually I just do it with glitters (much easier) but now you inspired me to try it also with some cremes. Your combo is fantastic and I wonder why I still don't own any teal polish 

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  14. It's indeed very easy with glitters but this isn't that hard either! And you don't own any teal polish? Shame on you haha ;). Thanks girl ♥.

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  15. Like this very much Debs! :D

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