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July 13, 2011
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This was done with the sponging technique and lightly transparent polishes so it could be applied in multiple stages and still bleed nicely (unlike a thick solid color).  Did the base in Sinful Colors Purple Diamond (2 coats), then started in with Sinful Colors Fiji.  With the makeup sponge I dabbed near to the top of the nail down to the tip once, then again starting a little bit lower, then a third time a little further down the nail yet.

So at that point it’s 2 coats of the base and 3 coats of the second purple starting at different points on the nail.  There’s a little overlap as you dab the nails but that’s sort of the point, you just want them to bleed together as easily as possible.

For the tips I went in with Sinful Colors Let’s Talk and did another couple of gradient layers.  Purrrrrdy purple. (and again, no cleanup yet on this, was right before I went to bed and just couldn’t be bothered.)

Sinful Colors Fiji

sinful color purple

gradient nail polish

8 Responses

  1. torixsan says:

    very pretty! I love the colors

  2. the nerd says:

    Thank you! I’m a sucker for purple :)

    • FashionNerd says:

      Those nails are adolrable…Fresh and clean design for spring. How do you make the colors fade into each other???

      • the nerd says:

        It’s actually pretty easy, just takes some practice til you get the right feel for it. There’s a link to a better explanation up at the top of the post, but basically you put a dab of polish on a makeup sponge and then start splotching it on the part of the nail where you want to create a gradient effect. If you’re trying it out for the first time I’d suggest using a slightly transparent polish (instead of the really thick opaque ones) so it’s a little easier to play with and layer.

  3. beatriz says:

    holy crap. I’m kinda freaking out. we have like the SAME HANDS. our ring fingers are very similar. I’ve never seen someone with hands/nails so close to mine! here is my nail set on flickr.. so you can see. WOW! http://www.flickr.com/photos/beatrizjarvis/sets/72157618392851354/

  4. the nerd says:

    haha OMG you’re not wrong, we’re twinsies! of course, your photos have longer nails than mine right now, but yessssss we could hold hands and nobody could tell the difference. :-D

  5. deelirium says:

    You should do video tutorials for these. Even if it’s just a camera over your shoulder. And what do you use for cleanup? My fingers always still get stained.

    • the nerd says:

      I’ll see what I can do! For the cleanup I just use those pointy q-tips that you can get in the cosmetic section of the drugstore — soak the end up real good with polish remover and then just work your way around the nail bed. Do yourself a favor though and put your topcoat on FIRST so that if you rub a little too close to the nail you’re not immediately removing the polish.

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