As promised, coming up is the tutorial for gradient nails! They’re much less complicated that they look, but incredibly messy, so please do this in a protected area. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
YOU WILL NEED:
- Clear nail varnish. Do I even need to say it anymore?
- Two or three colours of the same shade. I used Barry M’s “Navy” “Cyan Blue” and “Blueberry Ice Cream”. Alternatively, you could do colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel, such as red, orange and yellow, or pick contrasting colours. The choice is yours!
- A sponge. I snipped a corner off of a yellow dish sponge but you could use a make up sponge.
- A plastic sandwich bag, or cling film. Just reduces mess.
- Sparkly nail varnish (optional).
- Nail varnish remover and earbuds/q-tips, for easy clean up.
1. Use the clear nail varnish to give your nails a basecoat to protect them. This is essential with these nails, as you will be adding many layers of polish so your nails will become dry and stained if you don’t use a basecoat.
2. Take the palest colour you have and give your nails two coats. Wait for them to dry completely before taking the next step.
3. Take your sponge and run it under the tap briefly. Squeeze out any excess water; this makes sure that the sponge is already saturated and therefore won’t absorb too much nail varnish. Paint stripes of your nail varnish from lightest to darkest onto the sandwich bag.
4. Roll the sponge across the stripes so there are three distinct lines across the sponge. Then, gently press the sponge against your nail, rocking it side to side and up and down so the colours blend together. I usually put the darkest colour at the top of my nail, but it’s up to your where you put yours. It might take a couple of attempts to get the effect you want, but try to work as fast as possible, as the stripes will dry very quickly, meaning you have to paint new ones.
5. Once the gradient was dry, I painted a layer of clear, sparkly nail varnish onto my nails as I think that the sparkles help the colours blend better, but this is optional. Then, finish your nails with multiple top coats to protect the layers.
6. There is no doubt about the fact that you would’ve got nail polish all over your fingers
and down your jeans and all over the table, so dip an earbud into some nail varnish remover to mop it up.
Yes, it really is that simple! The multiple layers of polish mean that these nails stay chip-free for a long time, however they’re a bit of a pain to get off, so leave plenty of time when you want to remove them. So good luck! And always, my ask box is always open for suggestions or requests for nail tutorials!