October 10, 2010

Purple Gradient Nails

Today I was going through my nail polish stash and saw a lot of purples which I've never worn (shame on me! Purple is even one of my favourite colours). So I decided to combine those purples in one manicure. One way of using multiple polishes in one manicure is making a gradient with the sponging technique.

I achieved the result above following the next steps: 

1. paint the entire nail with the polish of your choice (I used China Glaze - Grape Pop), let it dry a little;
2. put a drop of another polish of your choice on a piece of paper (I used Color Club - Wild at Heart);
3. dip a little piece of a sponge (I use a kitchen sponge) in the drop of polish;
4. press the sponge gently on your nail, begin at the nail tip and sponge toward the cuticle. Stop when you covered three quarters of the nail, you want to keep a part of the base colour unsponged;
5. repeat step 2, 3 & 4 with a third polish (I used Zoya - Mimi), stop halfway the nail to keep a part of the first sponged layer visible;
6. repeat step 2, 3 & 4 with a fourth polish (I used Orly - Out Of This World), only cover the tip (one quarter) of your nail; 

And you're done! The result can be a bit bumpy, so cover the nail with a thick layer of topcoat.

*of course you don't have to use so much different polishes, even with two colours you can make a nice gradient manicure, but with more colours the result will be more.. eh.. gradient :O 

Thanks for watching and good luck with the sponging! :h

10 reacties:

Miranda said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial!! I don´t seem to get this done properly and I really love the effect. Especially this one with all the purple!

AmyGrace said...

You're welcome! I knew especially you would like it, all purple and stuff ;) Good luck with the sponging...

Maud said...

Erg mooi geworden! Die kleuren<3 Dit geeft me de motivatie om het binnenkort nog eens te proberen. Mijn eerste poging was heel vlekkerig geworden.

AmyGrace said...

@Maud, dank je! Als je lakjes uit kiest die niet te ver uit elkaar liggen qua kleur kan het eigenlijk niet mislukken, succes! :)

my leetle nails said...

this is so pretty:D

AmyGrace said...

@my leetle nails, thanks!

April said...


AmyGrace said...

@April, thank you! :)

loodie loodie loodie said...

This is so on my to do list.

AmyGrace said...

@loodie loodie loodie, good luck!

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