Monday, October 3, 2011

Tutorial: gradient nails

I used to do a lot of gradient nail art with glitters, because this is pretty easy to do. I found it really hard to do gradient with actual colours. But I found a easy way to do a perfect gradient! In this blogpost I'm going to show you how.

Let's get started!
1. Choose two (or more) colours. I chose two purple shades from Essence. Apply the lightest colour on your nails.

2. Take a sponge similiar to the size of your nails. Paint the highest part the same colour as you painted your nails, followed by a darker colour underneath. Use a dotting tool to mix the colours so the border fades. If necessary, test the sponge on paper if you think the colours aren't mixed well.

3. Pat the sponge on your nails a few times. Repeat this step until you're satisfied with the gradient. I did this step twice (waited till the polish dried and patted again). You can protect your skin from the nail polish if you don't want to get a bunch of mess on your skin.

4. Remove the nail polish from your skin and add a top coat on your nails. Finished!

I feel you have to do this with shades from the same colour. The outcome might be weird if you use colours which are too different from each other :p
Items used:
Essence - #42 Dress for a moment
Essence - #27 No more drama
Catrice quick shine & high shine top coat
Essence glitter top coat
Dotting tool

What do you think of gradient nails?


  1. Your tutorial was very helpful:)
    I agree with you; they're a really easy design to do especially if you get lazy with making a design on your nails (me).

  2. The gradient effect is subtle and cute.