04 June 2012

Vampy gradient

Hi everyone! With all those fantastic gradients going around lately I couldn't stay behind now could I? *Insert bandwagon here* But because most of these 'new' gradients are done with pastel or other happy and bright colours, I thought I'd change it up a little bit ;)

For this manicure I used 2 coats of Kiko - 238 Martha red as a base and sponged A England - Camelot and LA colors - Plum wine on the lower half of my nails. Plum wine (the name is a great description of the color) is barely visible, but I like using a color that is in between the 2 others I am using to make the gradient more smooth, especially when using 2 very different colors like bright red and darkest black.

This may not be the smoothest gradient out there, but I like it nonetheless :) Hope you do too and see you next week!




37 comments :

  1. Wow
    That`s really pretty
    I like it!

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  2. I already sneak peeked the pictures but I am so in love with this!!!

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  3. I think it looks amazing! Very well done! =)

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  4. Absolutely stunning! *-*

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  5. Nice job!! It looks great!! ♥

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  6. Rainbowify Me04 June, 2012 21:30

    Ooh, vampy and nice. Love it!

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  7. Little Miss Polish04 June, 2012 22:46

    wow...love that mani!!!

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  8. JamesNCleveland04 June, 2012 22:49

     wow thats beautiful
    http://goo.gl/6S5gJ

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  9. This looks so amazing!!!  I love it!

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  10. Gorgeous!  Now I want to try this color combination too!  Or maybe a deep plum with black?  Decisions...

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  11. Alright. My jaw just hit the floor when I saw this. This gradient is flippin' AMAZING. :-D

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  12. Oh my, thank you very much for all your wonderful comments ladies! <3

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  13. beautybymissl05 June, 2012 13:37

    wow! This looks absolutely stunning! Love it!

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  14. OMG! Love this! It reminds me of True Blood. :)

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  15. What a spectacular manicure! I think you did a wonderful job on it. I'd be mighty happy with my nails looking like this.

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  16. I WANT TO LEARN HOW TO DO THIS!!!! i love it!!!

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  17. Ohhhhh, I love it! I don't know why, but this mani reminds me of vampires, even if the red is bright!
    Love it, love it, love it, as a gothic soul I couldn't help <3

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  18. Janelle James10 June, 2012 03:51

    This is probably the sexiest gradient I've ever seen.

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  19. Just found this via Karen @LovelyGirlyBits!! Wow, this is seriously stunning!! Love the blog!x

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  20. just found you through Karen @lovelygirlybits too and have just followed, these are are gorg!

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  21. OMG that's absolutely gorgeous. One of the best I've seen of the gradients that are about lately.

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  22. oh I love this!!!!!!

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  23. I REALLY love this!

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  24. OMG this really is vampy and super sexy!!

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  25. How exactly is it done?

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  26. Im loving these colors, does any nail Salon do this or you need to buy these colors ??? So far this one is my fave !!!!

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  27. This was done using a makeup sponge to dab the colours on. This makes a very nice gradient

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  28. Thank you so much! I don't know if any salons do this to be honest, I never go to any. But it is really easy to do yourself!

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  29. Approximately what lengths do you use for each color? How is the makeup sponge used; and how does it not ruin the smoothness of the nail?

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  30. I used the technique from this tutorial: http://www.thenailasaurus.com/2012/04/gradient-nails-picture-tutorial.html?m=1 . There are pictures to explains everything much better than I can :)

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  31. Hi...it amazes me that you wrote, "This may not be
    the smoothest gradient out there, but I like it..." I love many nail art
    techniques but ombré gradients are my favorite. After viewing several dozen
    over the past months, I can honestly say that I believe your "Vampy
    gradient" is the best I've seen. I've returned to it many times, mostly
    when I gather my courage (and polish) to try (again) to create a successful ombré
    gradient on my own nails. I've watched tutorials and read instructions on blogs
    but I simply cannot get the polish to blend smoothly. Specifically, I paint a
    base color and let it dry. Then I use a damp sponge and tap ever so carefully my
    second (and sometimes third) nail polish, making sure to tap from the tip
    upward. Then I apply my SV topcoat and that’s where I ruin it each time. I have
    two problems: 1) when I stroke the topcoat carefully down the nail, it doesn't
    really blend the colors (even though I use the top coat before the sponged on
    polish has had time to dry), and 2) I then dip my brush back into the top coat
    bottle and move my brush down the nail again, except some of the still wet
    polish I've sponged on my nail tips is still on the brush along with my top
    coat and I end up leaving bits of the tip color at the base of my nail and it's
    then no longer a gradient attempt. It's just a mess. I've even tried cleaning
    my top coat brush (once with brush cleaner and another time with acetone)
    before I dip it back into the top coat bottle but the same problem happens. Do
    you have any advice? Or maybe a tutorial on YouTube? Thank you so much for
    reading all this!

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  32. Thank you so much for your nice comment! I hope I can help you out a bit.
    I am a little confused about what you mean that your topcoat doesn't bled your polish, but I myself always wait for the gradient to dry completely before applying topcoat. This does not blend the polishes but gets rid of the bumps that may have come from the sponging. This also prevents the brush from picking up colour and depositing it on another colour, ruining the gradient.
    As for a tutorial, I don't have one myself, but I highly recommend this one by The nailasaurus: http://www.thenailasaurus.com/2012/04/gradient-nails-picture-tutorial.html
    She explains everything very clearly!
    I hope this helped!

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