15 May 2013

31 Day Nail Art Challenge - Gradient Nails!

Deborah's manicure - A lovely gradient

Hi loves! How are you today? I had quite a hectic day and this afternoon I had to go to the dentist for some cleaning. It hurt a bit but now I have extreme clean teeth haha.

Today is all about gradients and I have done them quite a few times already. So, I am taking a bit of a detour here and will not be showing a traditional gradient. Or not as a full manicure at least. I've seen some heart shaped nailart around and I wanted to try this "cut out" look for myself. Here's what I did on each nail. Thumb - 2 coats of $OPI XOX Betsey, gradient with Manhattan 65K. Index - 2 coats of Manhattan 65K  topped with 1 coat of $OPI Traffic Stopper Copper. Middle - 2 coats of $OPI XOX Betsey. Ring - 2 coats of $OPI XOX Betsey, gradient heart with Manhattan 65K & China Glaze 2030. Pinky - 2 coats of Manhattan 65K dotted with China Glaze 2030.

The heart shaped gradient isn't too hard, it just takes some patience and preparation. You take a piece of tape. First, fold the ends so you have a little non-sticky part. Fold together the tape. Cut out half a heart (the center being the foldline). Unfold the tape by pulling on your non-sticky flaps. Place the heart on your nail. Do your gradient (or just use one polish!) and remove the tape. Topcoat, and done!

I quite liked the look of this and I hope you do too! Let me know what you think of it (and if a tutorial would be helpful?).

Loqi's manicure - Ultra violet gradient

Hey guys!
I looooove gradients! I love the way they look, I love doing them, and I especially love picking colours that go well together. So for this weeks challenge I spent a good 30 minutes in front of my polish-racks, picking bottles and comparing them. I decided I didn't want to do a crème or crème to glitter gradient, I wanted full on sparkle! And seeing as glass flecked is one of my favourite finishes...

These were the polishes I picked: Orly Lunar eclipse (blue), Kiko 278 Violet orchid microglitter (purple) and Kiko 277 Blueberry glitter (pink) (the Kiko polishes are both called glitter, but they are really not glitters at all). I used the technique where you paint the polish directly onto a make-up sponge and dab it on your nails.

Now I just need a party to wear this to!

Stay tuned for challenge day 11: Polka dot nails!
31 Day Nail Art Challenge - Red Nails!


  1. Simona LightYourNails15 May, 2013 20:23

    OMG I love both but I simply adore Loqi's one and I totally have to re-create it!

  2. That gradient is probably the best one I have ever seen. I love it!!!

  3. I love both of these so much! The heart is so adorable and the colors for Loqi's are so vibrant and eye catching!

  4. Both of the looks are stunning! and I so need to try the cut out!

  5. Thanks so much! Let me know when you've re-created it!

  6. Thanks Angie! Using all glass flecks almost makes the gradient create itself, I love it!

  7. Thank you very much! Please show us when you've done the cutout!

  8. Thanks Simona! And yes, Loqi's mani is just.. *swoons* PERFECT!

  9. I can't wait to see your results :D.

  10. Thanks so much! Welcome and enjoy!

  11. That gradient heart technique...I must try it out! I do really love the final result!

    Loqi, let me say I've been really mesmerized by your manicure. I just cannot stop staring at it. *_______________*


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