NOTD and Tutorial: Green Jelly Gradient Nails
Hey everyone! I feel like I haven't blogged in years! Anyway, I'm back to show you my nails last week.
They remind me of the Nestle KIMY Apple-flavored Jelly Tongue. Do you remember that jelly treat? I miss that! There's only one flavor available now and sadly, it's not the apple flavor :(
Nails of the day with San San Soleil nail polish in Moss Green, Elianto nail color in Lime Green, and Wish green-based glitter nail color.
I'm a fan of gradient nail designs, if you haven't noticed. This design is really really easy to do. It took me less than 30 mins to do all my nails! Read on to know how I did it :)
The technique I used is a combination of the brush and the sponge techniques (posts *here* and *here*).
First thing you need to do is to decide on a color theme. In this case, I went for a green-themed gradient but of course you can choose whatever you like. I used two nail polishes to create the gradient effect - one that is sheer for the base color, and a frosted one for the tips. You can also choose different green polishes to create the gradient.
To create the gradient effect, follow these steps:
- Apply your favorite base coat to protect the nails from being stained. I am currently using a base coat from TFS :)
- Take a sheer nail polish and apply it on the whole nail as base color. Sheer polishes work really well for gradient nails. Opaque polishes wouldn't work as well.
- Take the same polish and apply it only on the upper two-thirds of the nail. You can choose to use a different green polish, one that is darker, for this step too. Application doesn't need to be perfect. The less perfect, the less harsh the edges would be, the better the gradient would look.
- Take the same sheer polish (or yet another darker polish) and apply it only on the upper third of the nail.
- Take a slightly shimmery or frosted nail polish and apply it on the tip of the nail using a sponge. Keep the color just on the tip. Sponge gradient tutorial here: http://ayanagrace.blogspot.com/2011/07/tutorial-sponge-gradient-nail-art.html
- Take a glitter polish and apply it on the upper part of the nail to lessen the harsh edges and add sparkle to the design.
- Apply your favorite top coat. I'm currently using a top coat from TFS :)
Refer to the step-by-step pics below :)
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It took a week before my nail polish started chipping. That's already a good wear for me :)
You gonna try this? Let me know and show me pictures, ok? :) It's really easy, right? I'm thinking of sporting a pink-themed gradient next time :)
What about you, what's on your nails this week? :)