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Nail Tutorial Purple Gradient Nails

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.

Pink and Gold Gradient Nails

Another example of gradient nail art.

Ebony C. Princess About Ebony C. Princess

A self proclaimed hair enthusiast and healthy hair advocate, Ebony C, Princess is the chief editor of Longing 4 Length. She shares her personal journey towards growing long, healthy hair while providing hair care tips and information.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06299236298499487073 ~Jeimy~

    gorgeous honey love this video you did great!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04791278307386739444 Tranay21

    Awww I love this and its in my fave color. I’ve never tried it with three colors before I have to give your way a go :)

  • Candice

    OMG!! I so going to try this :D u have a few nail polish tutorial I wanna try actually but I ain’t getting the time :( After I’m done with exams for sure

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08948308753068325315 Windy City Mama

    Purple is my favorite color and I love nail art. Will have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05956277540601249213 GrowitGirl aka LowCarbTiki

    This is on my todo list for this. I was watching videos over the weekend and decided to give it a try. I should post it on youtube. We think too much alike:)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10448903494407174256 Jazzy

    I’m loving the nails Ebony. Purple is my favorite color.

  • BernettaStyle

    Very cute!!

  • Tori

    I’ve been trying to learn how to do the ombre… one day I’m going to sit and stick to it. Very cute!!! lol

  • http://TheChicSAHM.blogspot.com/ The Chic SAHM

    Cuuute!!!!

  • Mimi

    I have to sit down and concentrate. I have been trying to do one of these manicures for the longest with no luck. I am going to try again after your tutorial!!

  • Curls and Mo

    I remember seeing this before! I love it. (Do mine please.)