I attempted doing a gradient mani this weekend. It was surprisingly easy. I started of with some makeup sponges I picked up at CVS and two Spoiled colors; I’m So Jaded, a pretty sparkly neon green and Plenty of Fish in the Sea.
I painted my nails with I’m So Jaded first and let it dry. Let it dry completely, if you try to do this while your base coat is tacky it won’t work! After my base was dry I brushed I’m So Jaded on the sponge and then Plenty of Fish in the Sea right above it with the two colors overlapping just a bit. The sponge soaked up a bit the first time and I needed to add to get more contrast but after you do your first nail the sponge will get a bit saturated. After you have it brushed on just bounce the sponge up and down on your nail a few times untill you get the look you want. It will look bumpy and stippled, its ok! Just take your favorite top coat (mine is seche vite) and apply, it will smooth out and blend a little bit better. This worked really well but I think next time I might paint my tips the darker color before I do the sponging, I think it will have more contrast than just the one base color. One more thing, it is messy. It took a bit of clean up to get them looking decent, if you were doing very dark colors maybe tape off around your nails first to aid with clean up.
You can see a bit of the shimmer in this picture but the camera flash kind of bleached out the color contrast.
Overall it was quick, painless and really fun! I can’t wait to experiment with some more colors. Will this be something you are trying this spring/summer?
(please excuse my pictures, our camera is packed up and all I have is my cell phone camera. They will get better soon, I promise!)