Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Fiery Gradient!

I attempted a gradient a while back with blues, that worked okay and looked good from about a foot away. For that one, I painted my nails a cobalt blue, then sponged a medium blue over 2/3 of the nail, and then sponged a light blue-gray over the tips. This was the result:

But today, I used The Nailasaurus' awesome gradient tutorial and got much better results! 

Fire colors are my favorite, so I decided a fiery gradient would perfect, esp with the heat we've been having! 

Using Essie Fear or Desire, a lovely bright orange that isn't quite neon, and Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby for the red, I got this beautiful gradient!


(fading) Sunlight:

Totally better results. It is a bit bumpy but a thick coat of Seche Vite smoothed it out. This is definitely the method I'll be using from now on!


P.S. Here's a full sun pic - you can see the gradient better.


  1. The first one reminded me of a waterfall, but I like the second one better, I could barely tell the diff in the two colors at first but it looks awesome!

  2. I really like the first one :)


  3. thanks! Jen, the lighting tends to make it looks like it's one color but its more distinctive in person. I'm going to try and get a better photo today in full sunlight, instead of sunset.

  4. I love them!! I didn't even know you could DO gradients with nail polish!

  5. I love both of them, but the second one is definitely more "you" in terms of color! You have a lot more patience than I would...


  6. Thanks, Steph and Anna! I did my right hand first for practice, since I usually photograph the left hand, lol! Now that I understand the technique a little better, I plan to more of them!

  7. Both are pretty but I agree the red one came out more gradient-y. I saw Nailasaurus' way a month or so ago and after camp...oy...that's one I'll try.

  8. Thanks, Ruth! It definitely is a smoother transition. Looking forward to yours!