A few months back I did a tutorial on how to create the gradient nail effect. For that tutorial I used a neon pink and purple by China Glaze and wanted to see how the technique held up with glitter/shimmer polishes. (For gradient manicures I like to use two contrasting colours to create a more dramatic effect, but of course you can use similar shades for a more subtle effect.)
I started with Orly’s Winter Wonderland polish, a white shimmer polish, heavy with tiny silver glitter.
Then, I began adding a second coat of Watermelon Rind, but this time, starting further up the nail. (Leaving the lightest part of green untouched where it meets the white)
Repeat with a third coat, starting even further up the nail this time, focusing on the tips of each nail. At this point, you should really notice the gradient effect. (Don’t worry about it getting all over your skin, that is normal!)
Then, you simply take a q-tip with nail polish remover and clean up the skin around the nails.
Have you tried out gradient nails yet? Do you have a favourite colour combination? Or a different method you prefer?
After my and Samira’s whirlwind visit, upon arriving home, I almost immediately got sick. Feeling not so hot resulted in a lot of couch time. I have a hard time just sitting and watching TV and not doing anything else at the same time. So I decided to put some time in and create a manicure I really loved. You might remember what happened, last time I was sick. I created a very lengthy scotch tape manicure using my new Hunger Games colours…and although I loved the idea, I wasn’t crazy about the colours together when I finished…
So this time, I made sure I would love the finished result. Best way to do that – GO BRIGHT!
First let’s look at the colours I used:
I started out by painting my nails different colours. You can see that I originally wasn’t planning on incorporating yellow into this manicure, but once I started making the blocks, I couldn’t resist.
Use a fast drying top coat on your neon manicure and give it a couple of minutes to set. (I have the best results using Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat)
From here, I simply started by creating one block on each finger until each finger had a contrasting block of colour.
Let’s take a look at creating blocks:
First, using clear scotch tape place a strip vertically on your nail. Clear tape will work the best because you can make sure it is sealed nice and tight to help avoid any bleeding.
Then, using another piece of tape, place one horizontally on the same nail.
Once your tape is on and you have a good seal, choose a contrasting colour and paint the exposed portion of the nail.
Once the exposed portion of the nail is filled in, you want to remove the tape before the polish is dry. (This way when you lift up the tape, it won’t pull up the polish with it.)
Your nail should like something like this when done your first block. Be sure to use your fast drying top coat again and move onto your next nail.
After you have a few nails complete, your manicure should look something like this:
I wanted to make sure my manicure had a “random” look, so I placed the blue block in different quadrants on each nail.
From this point, you simply repeat for each nail until you have four contrasting colour blocks on each finger nail.
I used Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat in between each colour to help speed up the process, but it still takes a long time. Pop a movie in and you will be good to go! 😉
I have to say, that this is probably my most favourite manicure that I’ve ever done. I can’t remember loving my nails this much, ever. What is so cool about it too, is that you can really choose any colours you want. You could even incorporate the ombre nail trend into your nails by using all shades from one colour if you wanted. I’d love to hear what you guys think about this look and if you see yourself giving it a try!
Another nail trend that I have fallen in love with is the ombre nail trend where you pick nail polishes of one colour, but varying shades. The goal is to be able to create a look that fades from light to dark or dark to light.
I found that in my collection, I had the best range in blue, at least for shades that seemed to do an okay job of flowing together. They aren’t perfect by any means, but they certainly get the point across for the purposes of this post.
To create this nail look I used the following nail polishes:
Thumb – Electrick! by Del Sol (for those of you familiar with Del Sol nail polishes, you know they change colour in the sun, this one in particular would go a light pastel green…good thing I don’t plan to go outside in the snow)
Index Finger – Sexy in the City by China Glaze (gorgeous metallic colour with green and teal undertones in certain lights)
Middle Finger – Frostbite by China Glaze (absolutely stunning rich bright blue)
Ring Finger – Art You Blue? by Fingerpaints (mystical blueish-silver)
Pinky – Up All Night by China Glaze (very dark midnight blue – NOT black)
You can certainly stop here if you like. But if your colours don’t flow as perfectly as you like, you can try adding a coat of glitter on top to really pull them together and create a bit more of a unified look while still keeping the unique ombre affect. I loved the bright colours on their own, especially for the coming Spring, but there is something fun and wintery about adding the coat of glitter. I really think it makes it look a little more season appropriate.
What do you guys think – better before or after the coat of Winter Wonderland by Orly?
Looking forward to hearing what you guys think!
Thanks for reading!