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Sunday, 28 April 2013

Gradient Nails Revisited

I have had Shellac on for the last two weeks. It's so hard to keep the same colour on for so long but I thought it would be a good idea to have low maintenance nails while I was doing my exams. I went for a French as it's one of the looks I can't do on my own.

Today, however, I had the time to take it off and try gradient nails properly after my experiments earlier in the week. I decided to go for the nude and pink combo. 

Here is the finished combo and a quick run through how I did it. 

After taking off the Shellac, I trimmed my nails using the Tweezerman Combo Clipper which I got from I use this as I like a very square shape and it clips in a straight line. I then rounded the edges with my file. 

Then I used a coat of CND's 'Stickey' base coat and applied two coats of Nails Inc 'Porchester Square' and let it dry. I then got my sponge and painted a thick line of pink and another thick line of nude. The pink is Orly 'Fancy Fuchsia' which I bought on ebay. It is a really hot Barbie pink! I sponged this on my nails a few times, trying to make sure the blend was smooth. I topped this with a layer of Seche Vite top coat. 

L-R: CND 'Stickey', Nails Inc 'Porchester Sq', Orly 'Fancy Fuchsia', Seche Vite

I did get some of the polish on my hands too so I used an old make up brush dipped in pure acetone to remove it and also straighten up the lines around the cuticles.

Here is the another shot of the finished product.

I actually found this really easy to do overall and will definitely try it again. I love the look and think it's really different to normal. Hope you like it!

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