Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Gradient Tutorial

Here is my mini tutorial on how to do gradients. Thanks for being so patient! I’ve been caught up with work and finally found some time today to put it together. I’ve tried sponge gradients before, but this time I decided to try a wet brush gradient. So let’s start!

Prep: Find 3 to 4 similar looking colors to start with, with at least 1 being sparkly; put on base coat

Here are the colors I used:

From left to right: OPI Princesses Rule, Daiso Pink, Anna Sui 307


Step 1: Paint on one layer of the lightest nail polish – I used OPI Princesses Rule!

Step 2: Before the first layer is completely dry, paint the 3/5 of the nail with a darker polish – I used a Japanese one from the dollar store

Step 3: Now paint the top 1/3 of the nail with the same polish, after allowing a little bit of time (1 min) for the bottom layer to dry.

Step 4: Use your sparkly nail polish and paint on top of your last layer, you can repeat of you want a more intense color or more sparkles – I used Anna Sui 307

Finishing touches:

To give the gradient a more cohesive look, quickly use a top coat and drag it from top to bottom. This will ensure that the color will “blend” better with one another. Now you are done!

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  1. those tutorial pictures' fingers are urs?! it looks different.....

  2. @ domesticgoddess: thanks!

    @Karin: Bad quality pictures, it was before I got my nice camera!


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