Still plowing through the untested goodies, I realized I haven’t done a full blow green in awhile so picked up Barielle Date Night, a metallic bug-green that wasn’t quite as creamy as I thought but still covered pretty well in two coats. The thinness gave me an idea though. See, there’s regular gradient sponging and then there’s double-sponging, and the double-dip works really well with the not-totally-opaque polishes.
Started off sponging in one, two rounds of Wet n Wild Ebony Hates Chris over the tips, which was well enough on its own and I could’ve walked off with a perfectly lovely gradient mani.
But here’s the trick — you go back in with your primary color (in my case, the green) and re-sponge over the black you just laid down over the middle of the nail, so you’re creating an even softer burnout of the color.
“Yeah, looks awesome….” Topcoat fixes everything, remember?
This can be really fun with super-contrasty colors (like for corpse nails), but I’ve been on a bit of a black kick lately so I stuck with what I’m liking for this one. Simple, but a cool effect! Just make sure you’re not overloading your makeup sponge at all; the trick is to lay everything out super sparingly — it’s easier to go in and fill more than constantly try to over-correct for being too heavy handed with this stuff. Plus things dry 100x faster when you’re only doing a dab vs. a blob of polish anyway.