Thursday, June 18, 2015

Cheater Gradient Pictorial! Easy Method!

I love the look of a blended gradient!  I've read tutorials and watched quicky Instagram videos where the artist just makes it look so easy to achieve the perfectly blended look.  It's not that easy!!  I find it tricky to get a really blended look, especially with colors that are not in the same color family.

Over Valentine's Day I decided that I wanted a gradient look using red, white, and pink.  Prior to this attempt, I had never tried a three color gradient, but I decided to give it a go and take pics of my method to show you!

As I've mentioned before, I prefer the 'pictorial' over the video so you can do your nails step by step as I show you mine.  Ready?

I used base and then started with red.  I used China Glaze Tip My Hat here and painted just the bottom third - up to a half in some places, but it'll get fixed, you'll see - of the nail.


Next, I used China Glaze Something Sweet for the bottom third of the nail. Overlapping is clearly OK!


For the third color, I used China Glaze Dance Baby.  I swiped it right across the middle of the nail.  It was then that I realized I went overboard with the red, but again, no worries! We will fix it.


Using a cosmetic sponge, I dabbed on red and pink and started to blend it.  I have seen people much more talented than I blend with all 3 colors, but who says that is the only way it should be done?


I did the same thing using the two lighter colors.


Where needed, I went back and dabbed more. I blended each nail until I liked the look.  Don't get discouraged if it looks a little splotchy and spotty. Your clear coat will fix that.


Since it was Valentine's Day, I used a glitter topper that I made myself! This mix has a clear base and is filled with red hearts, diamonds, and small hex.


Close up!  I do recommend the glitter topcoat because it distracts the eye from any mistakes you may have made!


Since I like to MATTE ALL THE THINGS whenever possible, I added Matte-ict by A Girl Obsessed.


Last pic!


And there you have it! I hope this has helped you a little bit and if it did, please show me a pic!

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