My next lesson in my nail art journey is my first attempt at gradients. From my research online, I determined that gradients are done with these steps:
- Prep nails and paint a white layer on them. (Note: it may or may not involve applying petroleum jelly on the skin around the nails)
- Paint adjacent stripes of compatible colors of lacquer on a small damp sponge.
- Press the sponge across the nail (one nail at a time!) gently from one side to the other. Do this several times to achieve the color depth desired.
- Clean up the skin around the nail with nail polish remover.
- Apply desired top coat.
I followed these steps and used the following Dazzle Dry colors: White Lightning for the base, Lavender Parade and Heart of Fire for the gradient. Initially I wanted to use Strawberry Macaron instead of Heart of Fire for a more pastel gradient, but the baby pink wouldn’t be seen when pressed on by a sponge.
Here’s how it turned out.
The sponge I used is one of the small makeup sponges in the 5-minute Touch Up Kit from Nippon.
I used petroleum jelly when I did my left hand (using my dominant right), and I thought that it didn’t help make removing the lacquer any easier. Boy was I wrong! When I did my right hand with my non-dominant left, it took me hours to do the clean up! So my advice is DO NOT skip the petroleum jelly.
It will probably be some time before I attempt a gradient again. Or, I’ll find a faster way of doing gradients without the hours of cleanup required. How do you do your gradients? I’d love to learn from you!