Hello all! I hope everyone had a great weekend! We were super busy around here- still getting into the swing of things with school back in session, combined with each kiddo getting sick at separate times. So I’m sorry for the sporadic posting, I just didn’t get much of a chance to sit down and take some ‘me’ time!
For today, I just have a pretty but simple look. All you’ll need is some polishes, and some dotting tools! Dotting tools can be found at tons of different places- the set I use is almost identical to this set found at Born Pretty. You can also find them on Ebay, and on Dollish Polish’s site.
First I painted my nails with the absolutely gorgeous Miss Conduct by Orly. This shade is part of the Naughty or Nice 2012 Holiday Collection, which I bought from Transdesign.
Miss Conduct is a stunning magenta pink color, filled to the brim with holographic particles. It was a fairly thin polish, but it applied well and was almost opaque at 1 coat and completely opaque at 2. The polish remained smooth, sparkly and shiny when dry, so I didn’t use a topcoat.
Then I just used black and white polish, just barely dipped the dotting tools into them, and dotted away. I didn’t really use a set pattern or ‘look’, just sort of filled it in on the sides.
Dots are a great way to liven up any single color mani!
Be sure to be on the lookout for this Orly color- in my opinion it’s a must-have if you love pink or bling! 🙂
Good evening everyone! Today’s mani came out SO much better than I had hoped. I LOVE it!
A good friend of mine has been asking about gradient nails for awhile. While I was very familiar with the basics, I had never actually attempted it before. So earlier today, I decided today’s post would be a perfect time to remedy that!
In the past I’ve seen a number of amazing tutorials for how to do this, but I went on my own using knowledge I got from everywhere for today. I know there’s a number of pins floating around Pinterest of this technique.
First off, the supplies! You’ll need tape, sponges, a white polish, the colors for your gradient, and a topcoat if you choose. I used Orly Dayglow, Sonnetarium Samurai Princess, Color Club Pure Energy, and Color Club Ultraviolet.
The sponges are makeup sponges (cosmetic wedges) that I got in a giant pack at the dollar store.
First, you’ll want to paint your nails white. I really like Dayglow- there’s a very very faint blue shimmer to it that’s barely noticeable. It was part of Orly’s Feel the Vibe collection this summer- and I got it for $1 this weekend at Sally’s 50% off clearance sale! I’m just sad I couldn’t find the others I lacked 😦
Anywho… on to the gradient part!
Here’s a picture of my thumb nail taped and ready to go. You’ll want to cover most of the skin- but from experience, don’t cover the painted part of the nail. I pulled off some of my white basecoat on other nails because the tape was on it, and it messed up the mani a bit. This will help you avoid major cleanup- but some clean up is going to be necessary 🙂
I also advise taping all your nails first before painting. The colors I chose were not the most opaque, so I had to do multiple sponge coats for the gradient- it was easier to be able to do all 5, giving enough dry time between them for a second coat.
For those unfamiliar with cleaning up a mani- here’s what I do. I use a small paintbrush- it has a fairly small brush and is also moderately stiff (soft, but holds its shape while I use it). I dip the paintbrush into 100% pure acetone, and run it along the outsides of the nail and cuticle area, wiping off on a small tissue or pad. There’s lots of amazing tutorials out there if you need more help! If you need help finding one, let me know in the comments and I’ll find one.
In my infinite wisdom, I didn’t take an ‘after’ photo of just the gradient. Whoops! But you guys get the idea 🙂 I just love where the 2 colors meet to form a blue-purple!
So to make it more fun, I added my very favorite black and white glitter I own, Sonnetarium’s Samurai Princess.
Seriously, I adore this glitter. Of course it looks similar to Connect the Dots and it’s many dupes, but I prefer this one- it lacks the crazy big hexes that I’ve never liked much. This is 1 coat of Samurai Princess- some dabbing for placement over my messed up polish sections 😉
Ultraviolet and Pure Energy were part of Color Club’s Electro Candy collection from 2009… you can still get these online, and I recently saw a set in Ross (for only $8!).
See you all tomorrow for Try-It-On Tuesday!