Gradient nails tutorial
Last week I posted this picture on Twitter of a gradient manicure using Barry M cream blues. There’s some great tutorials out there, Sam from The Nailasaurus did a great tutorial that I’ve linked to before. My method is a little lazier, and as I had a fair few requests for a tutorial I thought I’d throw my two pence in on the topic.
See for yourself, it’s super easy, and one of the least messy effects you can try.
Start with a base coat (over your regular base coat) using the lightest colour of your gradient colours. Let it dry fully.
Tape around the nail – you can skip this bit, but I prefer to use tape rather than clean up more polish at the end.
On a cosmetics sponge, paint the lightest colour at one end straight from the brush to the sponge. Try to make the edge a bit uneven rather than a straight line.
Add the other colour/s to the sponge, again feathering the edges to blend the colours. The sponge absorbs the polish so quickly that you’re unlikely to cross-contaminate polishes.
Dab the sponge on the nail, dabbing across the nail for full coverage. Shift the sponge slightly up and down the nail to get a better blend.
Remove the tape carefully, and clean up around the nail. I use pointed cotton buds, some people use paint brushes – do what you’re happiest with.
The bumpy finish before top coat – it gets better!
Apply a top coat when the colours have dried. Apply carefully so as to not pull the colours into one another, and you might prefer two top coats to get a super smooth finish.
That’s my first tutorial for you my lovelies! Hope I’ve explained it well enough, if you have questions please ask. How did I do?
The important bits:
||Barry M in ‘Cyan’ ‘Cobalt’ and ‘Indigo.’
|Where to buy:
||Boots, Superdrug, Barry M or if you’re overseas there’s lovely retailers like Harlow & Co.