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How To: Gradient Nail Art


Looking for a pretty wintery manicure to try? Why not deck out your tips with gradient nail art? This pretty way to paint your nails will impress your peers and add a stylish touch to all of your outfits! What are you waiting for? Get painting!

What you need:


Note: Gradient nail art takes time so make sure you have 30 minuets to prep and perfect your manicure. While you paint your nails you should be patient. Perfecting the gradient nails does not happen instantly. The more you practice the better the results!


Instructions:



1. Lay out all the items you need.

2. Soak your hands in warm water to soften cuticles and prep nail beds for painting. 

3. Paint your nails with a base coat. (Base coats are important; they protect your nails from some of nail polish’s harmful ingredients such as dibutyl phthalate and toluene.) 

4. Paint your nails from the tip to the bottom using your lightest nail colour. To keep the polish looking smooth and even use only a thin layer of polish. 

5. Use medium-colored nail polish and paint half your nail from the tip to the center. 

6. Carefully use the flat edge of your orange stick (or popsicle stick) to blend the medium and light coloured polish together. 

7. Paint the tip of your nails with your darkest nail color being diligent to keep your hand steady and secure. 

8. Blend the dark and medium polishes together using your orange stick (or popsicle stick). 

9. If you want to add a glittery finishing touch to your gradient nail art, paint over every nail with a sparkly nail polish. 

10. Repeat this process on each of your nails, and before you know it, your tips will be looking lovely! 

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By: Annie Robinson | Images: Weheartit, Refinery29, Flickr

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24 comments :

  1. wow! I am totally gonna try that!!!! It looks so cool!

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  2. so gonna try that awesomweness!!

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  3. didn't work :(

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    1. you need patience and a lot of time!!

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    2. dude i don't know why she's talking about a popsicle stick... you can use a sponge.

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    3. sponges are way easier to use.
      just sayin.

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    4. Yes, i use a sponge. I tried it this way just now and I don't know how you can do this with an orange stick.

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  4. very attractive!

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  5. its very cool how you can do that with nails

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  6. you should put up a video, the directions are hard to understand...

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    1. you can check out cutepolish on youtube :)

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  7. everything i try does not work! tried this, tie dye nails, and 2 kinds of splatter paint nails!!! :(

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    1. try looking at youtube videos by cutepolish :D

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  8. What you think about this new sheer lacquers by american apparel?
    http://store.americanapparel.net/nailpoliss.html
    They're used to make gradients but since they're so expensive in my country, about 20 dls each, i decided i'd look for some other cheaper ways to get the same effect, and it turns out there's lots of tutorials on the net. Then, why get them at a price so high if you can diy.
    Or what is the difference? This looks pretty much the same stuff, anyone knows what's their benefit? Would you get them or you thinks it's a waste of money?

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    1. I feel like it'd be a waste of money since you can diy and with any colors you want.
      All you really need are
      1. base coat
      2. colors that you want
      3. sponge
      4. topcoat
      5. qtip + nail polish remover in case you get it on your fingers

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  9. What you think about this new sheer lacquers by american apparel?
    http://store.americanapparel.net/nailpoliss.html
    They're used to make gradients but since they're so expensive in my country, about 20 dls each, i decided i'd look for some other cheaper ways to get the same effect, and it turns out there's lots of tutorials on the net. Then, why get them at a price so high if you can diy.
    Or what is the difference? This looks pretty much the same stuff, anyone knows what's their benefit? Would you get them or you thinks it's a waste of money?

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  10. The bottom using your lightest nail colour.http://dissertationplanet.com To keep the polish looking smooth and even use only a thin layer of polish.

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  11. I'm so glad I came across this! I actually avoided glitter varnishes because of how difficult they are to remove, now I can finally rest assured it won't be a problem. Thank for the great tip! nail wraps

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  12. Indeed, i personally use any cloth or sponge. I tried the item in this way at the moment and I are not aware of tips on how to do that through an red keep.Watch here

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