Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A soft gradient.

I have been so incredibly sick lately and have not had the energy to do my nails (Oh, the horror!!).  A nasty cold, followed by the flu, followed by a sinus infection has taken over my January.  I have probably taken just about every over-the-counter cough and sinus medication there is this month!  I absolutely hate being sick.

After feeling like I was trapped indoors for days and doing nothing but either lying in bed or on the couch (of course, the few chances I got while taking care of my two toddlers), I finally gathered enough energy to do something that I wanted to do- my nails!  Wanting to use the new Essie Splash of Grenadine polish I purchased off of Amazon (not a new color, but new for me), I decided to do a soft gradient.  I paired this beauty with Deborah Lippmann Naked, a gorgeous nude.  And I always love to top my gradients with China Glaze Fairy Dust.


To create this soft gradient, I painted my nails with my base color using Deborah Lippmann Naked.  Once this dried, I used a makeup sponge striped with both Naked and Splash of Grenadine and applied multiple layers of these colors.  Every time I dabbed my nail with the sponge, I moved the sponge up and down slightly to help the colors blend.  This technique was repeated until the desired opacity was achieved.  Once all nails were finished, I cleaned the excess nail polish off of my skin using an eyebrow makeup brush dipped in acetone.  Last, I completed the look with a coat of Fairy Dust.





slightly blurred to show the holographic glitter in Fairy Dust

What do you all think of this gradient?  I love the transition from nude to magenta-pink.  And of course, the look could not be complete with the gorgeous holographic Fairy Dust.  I plan on making a tutorial on how to do a color gradient using this technique so stay tuned.



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