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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

NOTD and Tutorial: Too Much Color?

Who says you can only wear bright nail colors during summertime? You know I love my neutrals, but there are times when I need something colorful to brighten up stressful workdays, even the gloomy and rainy days to come.  


Yes, after what felt like decades, I'm back with a nail art post! Woot! (I update more often on Instagram, though. Hope you follow me on there as well.)

I used the 2014 GirlStuff summer collection for this nail art. 


As you can see, this collection screams FUN! I'll show you swatches in another post.


This two-toned design is, believe or not, just really easy to do. A little messy, I admit, but easy nonetheless. I did it the same way I did my Paramore-inspired nail art *here!*


To do this, you'll need only a few items - your nail polishes (of course), a sponge, some Q-tips and nail polish remover. 

It'll also help if you rub some vaseline on the skin around your nails before proceeding with the nail art. Clean up will be easier with this :)

Here's a step-by-step guide on creating the design. 

Step 1: Apply base coat to protect your nails from getting stained and to smoothen out the surface of your nails, prepping them for the actual nail polish application. 

Step 2: Decide on a color combination. I chose to pair Wild Berries (fuchsia) with Pink Lemonade (bright pink), and Tangerine Burst (bright orange) with Lemon Drops (bright yellow).  You can do whatever combo with however many colors you like, of course!

Step 3: Apply your choice of colors on the sponge side by side. Make sure you get enough color on there! 


Step 4: Transfer the colors onto your nail by tapping. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 'til you get your desired opacity.


You can position and space the colors however you like. I'm doing the usual evenly spaced horizontal, but you can also do vertical, diagonal, etc. You also have to be a li'l quick with this or else the nail polish will be dry even before you get to transfer it onto your nail. 

Step 5: While the polish is still a little bit wet (count to 5 after sponging), apply top coat to blend the colors together. You can use glitter top coat like what I did here for more bling. The glitters will also help cover air bubbles that may form. 


Step 6: Repeat Steps 3-5 using other color combinations on your other nails. 


Step 7: To clean up the edges of your nails, use Q-tips dipped in nail polish remover. Clean up will be easier if you did the vaseline trick prior. The polish should slide right off. 


And you're done! 


If you're not a fan of pinks and oranges, you can check out my other gradient nail designs *here.*

Sponging seems difficult at first, but it gets easier the next time, trust me! Hope you try this out and wait for my post about the fun, bright shades I used here!

Have a great week, everyone! Hope yours isn't as stressful as mine. And the week is just beginning! 

11 comments:

  1. I like the colors you used. Ang dami pala but they all go super well together :) The Face Shop has a nail gradient kit na no-need na magsponge. I'll check if mas madali yun, this seems hard! :o

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  2. I like the orange and yellow combination a lot, they're easy on the eye. I actually tried this before, but it's a total fail. will try again nlng. hehehe
    Random Beauty by Hollie

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  3. Ah! I see! Thank you. :)

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  4. Shiela Marie CalzadaAugust 17, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Hello Ms. Aya! I'm just wondering, after you use those sponge/s do you throw them away after? or you can still reuse them? Thank you! :D

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  5. I still reuse them pag may clean part pa na naiwan. Then when the whole sponge's used up, I just throw it away :)

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  6. Ooh yeah. I saw some sa Etude din. Haven't tried those yet but mukhang mas madali nga. Hahaha.

    Thanks, Tellie :)

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  7. Are those holes on your manicure or just my screen playing tricks on me? Anyways, I think the nail colors are pretty. Reminds me of my not-so-distant-youth.

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  8. Glitter chunks from the the glitter polish I used. Hihi. Thank you!

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