Here is the tutorial for the purple gradient nails I did in my “How to manicure your nails” video. I wondered FOREVER how people managed to get their polish to appear to fade from one color to the next…and now I know! Its actually an extremely easy technique so even those of you who claim to be nail polish/art-challenged can master this. Enjoy!
To get started you will need three different shades of purple polish – one light, one medium and one deep purple. I chose to also use a silver glitter on top of the gradient nail art to help the colors blend a bit better. You will also need a few cosmetic wedge sponges, I choose to cut mine in half (as you will see in the video tutorial) to make applying the colors easier and more precise. Apply your lightest color as your base, over the entire nail, then sponge the middle shade over the middle third of the nail. Start by dipping the sponge into the polish lightly and gradually build the color getting more intense by pressing more strongly as you move towards the tip of the nail. Repeat with the darkest shade over the upper one third of the nail. The major key to this manicure is allowing each shade to dry completely before moving onto the next color. Once you’ve applied all three colors, go over the entire design with the silver glitter polish. Allow to dry, apply your top coat and you are finished!
My color choices:
Base: OPI Rumples Wiggin with OPI Significant Other Color over it.
Middle: OPI Funky Donkey
Tip: Revlon No Shrinking Violet
Glitter: Wet n’ Wild 460D
I’ve done several different manicures since then with a gradient effect, it works with a variety of colors and can give a very different look each time.