NOTD – Sunshine Gradient Nails

This weekend I finally decided to try my hand at a gradient manicure, the results were not perfect but I wouldn’t call it a fail either 🙂

I followed Nails by Kayla Shevonne’s tutorial for Gradient nails found here

Her instructions were awesome and easy to follow, I only made one small change which was to lightly dampen by sponge before starting in hopes to prevent my makeup sponge from sucking up too much polish.

20130407-161709.jpgI decided to try for a summery sunset look, here’s what I did.

I began with a 2 coat base of  a beautiful bright yellow named “Abbie” from this month’s Julep’s The Brights Collection

I then dampened a makeup sponge that I had pre cut into a smaller piece (saving the rest for another manicure).

All of the colours that I used for my manicure were from April’s The Brights Collection from my Julep Maven subscription. I painted three stripes of bright polish on my makeup sponge beginning with “Avery” a bright pink, followed by a bright orange stripe of “Kaylen” that just slightly overlapped the first colour. Finally I painted a third stripe of my original base coat colour “Abbie”, slightly overlapping “Kaylen”. I’m not sure if the overlapping was necessary but I figured that it wouldn’t hurt.

I then sponged the colour onto my nails dabbing lightly up and down so as to blend the design.

Once all my nails were done and dry, I dipped an angled paintbrush in nail polish remover to clean up the edges. I finished up with a coat of Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top coat.

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, although I am questioning whether my colour choice for sunset nails may have resulted in more of a candy corn look 😉

What do you think?



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