Thursday, March 26, 2015

Let's be real (and my gradient tips)...

I've agonized over not posting regularly. I'm so busy and when I'm off work I'm trying accomplish all the things I can't do while working. But above all else: I'm being a mom to four, sweet, growing kids. Plus I dig into freight boxes on a near daily basis. My once gorgeous nails are a little battle worn. It's, for reals, sad. You have been warned.

For some reason gradients are a go to for me. They feel easy and look amazing even if your clean up isn't 100% on point (which mine is not). My biggest pet peeve is having to clean so far from the cuticle to get clean lines but, eh, life moves on.

My gradient tips:
  • I use a standard makeup sponge triangle. I cut it in half and then in half again to get a surface about the size of my nail. It's easiest to line up this way.
  • I start with my middle color in the center and work out with my colors for even application of color. For this look I have (from base to tip) Orly Liquid Vinyl, China Glaze City Siren, Julep Jackie, Sinful Colors Anemone, and China Glaze Peachy Keen. I HIGHLY recommend when starting out on gradients to use 2-3 colors. It's a challenge even for me to get 5-6 colors on one nail.
  • For brighter colors use a base of white. I used OPI Alpine as it's a squishy white so it doesn't play with some of the sheerer colors like Julep Jackie.
  • I will usually go over my gradient twice. So I load up my colors, sponge (sponge on straight and then daub up and down slightly to mix the colors), then I load and repeat. I use one sponge for each hand. 
  • I don't ever wet my sponge first. I've read this as tip, but I find it messes with color intensity and dry time so I don't do it. Ever. 
  • Finally I finished my look here with China Glaze Fairy Dust. I don't always finish with a glitter topper and this is NOT what mixes the colors together. The daub up and down with the sponge is what does it. But it's a nice touch don't you think? ;)
There you have it. Gradients are my absolute favorite. I don't know if I'll be regularly posting again anytime soon. But my blog is never far from mind, as are all of you. I love my nails and my polish still, but life is just so chaotic right now. I wish you all the very best. Until next time (whenever that may be)!


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    1. Thanks so much! I really wish I could get Fairy Dust to twinkle in my photos to show off the holographic nature though.

  2. even if your nails are short they are extremely pretty because of this gradient!

    1. Yeah nubbins aren't so bad if you keep them painted and pretty. Most of the time, lately, I haven't though. It's pretty sad for a polish lover.