Updated: Aug 6, 2019
I love gradient as a background. They bring more to the design than that of a plan background. But gradients are also amazing as a stand alone design. They are so versatile, it makes them one of my favorite nail art items. You can do a basic gradient, a multi-colored gradient, straight gradient, round gradient, scaled gradient, reciprocal gradient, the possibilities are endless.
Keep reading to see how I made this gradient below.
For this design, I used a latex free makeup sponge, Simply Peel by Bliss Kiss, a striping brush and the following polish
Silver Holo: Color Club “Harp On It”
White: Sally Hansen “White On”
Grey: OPI “Cement the Deal”
And of course my current favorite quick dry top coat “Marvel Liquid Macro Top Coat" by SuperChic Lacquer.
When doing a gradient it is important to have a good base color. I used Sally Hansen “White On” and allowed it to dry. You do not necessarily need to have it dry fully, the polish just has to be dry enough so that when dabbing your gradient, the sponge does not pick up the polish. To speed this process up, you can apply a quick dry top coat then continue to your gradient.
Next, you need two or more polishes that blend together well. Polishes that have similar formulas blend the best. The easiest way to get similar polish formulas is to use the same brand and finish. I decided to try two different polishes to see how they work together.
Before dabbing the gradient, I applied Bliss Kiss Simply Peel around my cuticle to minimize the amount of acetone clean up needed. Once that is dry, it’s time to finally do the gradient. Using the make up sponge, I painted half using Sally Hansen “White One” and the other OPI “Cement the Deal.” The best way to achieve a fluid gradient is a number of thin layers rather than a few thick layers.
Once I reach desired opacity, I applied a layer of quick dry top coat. The top coat will also help with a final blend of the colors.
Next, I used the striping brush and Color Club “Harp On It” to make the stripe down the middle. Striping brushes are a certain type of nail art brush that is thin and long. This allows you to make a clean stripe in one fluid motion that is a shorter motion when compared to a reagular brush.
Finally, I applied a layer of quick dry top coat to finish it off.
Tell me what you think!