A Different Kind of Gradient Nails!

A Different Kind of Gradient Nails!


It’s been way too long since I’ve shared nail photos, let alone a tutorial!  With the advent of the almighty Instagram, I’m just more apt to snap a quick pic with my cell phone and share than to upload here to the blog!  Which is really sad because I like sharing my thoughts on my various manicures, my impressions and opinions about the polish and of course tutorials!  Today’s nail art is another gradient nails tutorial, but different than the typical ombre nail art I’ve previously shared.

Gradient Nails Tutorial

Initially I planned to try my hand at galaxy nails, but I wasn’t home and forgot my dotting tool so I opted for this variation on gradient nails instead.  It’s kind of a tye-died effect and my color selection reminds me of cotton candy.  It was actually super simple to do – check out the pictorial:

Gradient Nails Tutorial

  1. Begin by painting your nails with a white polish – clearly it does not need to be perfect.
  2. Using tweezers to hold a small piece of a cosmetic wedge, lightly sponge your first color (mine is pink) onto your nail in random areas over your nail.
  3. Repeat the same process with your second color (blue) between the sponged lines of the first color.
  4. Lastly sponge your third color onto the areas of white polish that peeks through.  Be careful not to add too much of your third color so the gradient effect of the design is still evident.

I really liked the effect but wished I decided against adding the glitter polish.  I think a regular coat of clear would have slightly blurred the edges and given a beautiful finish.  I will be trying this type of gradient nails again soon though!  What do you think?  If you decide to re-create your own version, please snap a quick pic and tag me via Instagram @EbonyCPrincess so I can see!

Gradient Nails Tutorial

  • Lesley Buckle

    I think it looks cool with the glitter, I really like the gradient effect. So cute! x

    • Thanks! I definitely plan to revisit with maybe a smaller glitter to suit my taste a lil better. Glad ya like it though!

  • Robyn

    I also like it with the glitter. Very nice!

  • B Dav

    I love it! It has a galaxy look to it, and I am ALL about galaxy right now 🙂
    Britt @ One&20

    • It doessssss have a galaxy look. I haven’t been able to nail that one yet, I have tried twice however and hated the results…which I immediately removed and re-did. LOL!

  • Very cute! I always want to try then always mess up something and say forget it! LOL

    • Thanks Tori. Your pretty good and nail art so I find it hard to believe you can’t get it!