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Gradient Nails Tutorial by Request

Gradient tutorial 'Barry M Gradient' Swatch

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.

Gradient tutorial 'Barry M Gradient' Swatch Base Coat

Start with a base coat (over your regular base coat) using the lightest colour of your gradient colours. Let it dry fully.

Gradient tutorial 'Barry M Gradient' Swatch Tape

Tape around the nail – you can skip this bit, but I prefer to use tape rather than clean up more polish at the end.

Gradient tutorial 'Barry M Gradient' Swatch Sponge

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.

Gradient tutorial 'Barry M Gradient' Swatch Sponge other colours

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.

Gradient tutorial 'Barry M Gradient' Swatch Sponge onto the nail

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.

Gradient tutorial 'Barry M Gradient' Swatch Clean up

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.

Gradient tutorial 'Barry M Gradient' Swatch Bumpy finish before the top coat

The bumpy finish before top coat – it gets better!

Gradient tutorial 'Barry M Gradient' Swatch

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.

Gradient tutorial 'Barry M Gradient' Swatch

Ta da!

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:

Colours: 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.
Posted in: Barry M / Gradient / Tutorial
  • http://beautifulworldoflennynb.blogspot.ca/ Sara (LennynB)

    Looks beautiful:)

    • Polly

      Thanks! x

  • http://www.pinkflamingokisses.com Nicole

    Wow your nails look fab! I’ve become a little obsessed with nail art recently and I am definitely gonna have to give those a go!
    Check out my blog if you’ve got time. I’ve got a few nail set designs on there :)

    • Polly

      Thanks Nicole! Your blog is cute btw :)

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  • http://www.clawnailsandbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1 Rachel

    Wow what a great tutorial! I shall be definitely giving this technique a try! Thanks for a great idea :)

  • Nutan

    This is brilliant! lovely effect.

  • http://nailtart.com/ NailTart

    I love this tutorial and can’t wait to try it out, thanks! :)

    • Polly

      You’re welcome, really glad you like it as it’s my first tutorial :)

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  • Nina

    This is great! One question: Do you have to use one cometic sponge per nail?

  • http://blimbo247.wordpress.com/ danielle

    that looks super easy I am going to try it later on tonight

  • Sonia

    Imma nail art freak :) I tried thiout but it didnt work well :( i guess i hv to give it a few more tries :O

    P.S your nails look fabulous :)

  • http://www.fundamentallyflawless.co.uk Madison

    Thanks so much for this tutorial – worked really well for my pink gradient nails… take a look here (I’ve linked back to you!) http://www.fundamentallyflawless.co.uk/2013/03/pink-ombre-nails.html

    Madison x

    • Polly

      You’re welcome Madison, glad it helped you :)