10 May 2012

3-Colour Gradient Nails

Having all of one gradient manicure under my belt, you'd think I'd be sensible and practice a bit, but I've never been very good at being sensible. Instead, I plowed ahead and decided to have a go at a three-colour gradient.

3-colour gradient manicure



The colours I used are Essie Navigate Her, China Glaze Aquadelic, and OPI Fly, plus some CG Fairy Dust and the usual top coat of SV. That third colour, Fly, came out a little more subtly than I originally intended, but in a rare display of restraint, I decided to quit while I was ahead, rather than risk gunging the whole thing up.

3-colour gradient manicure


Navigate Her skewed a touch more lime than I expected against the aqua blues, but I was happy with the result, since lime/aqua is one my favourite colour combos. Maybe next time I'll try adding some orange to the mix! I often get frustrated with new things and try to run before I can walk. That usually results in a lot of skinned knees, so I tried not to push it too hard it this time. Apparently, "restraint" is sometimes a good thing. Who knew?!

9 comments:

  1. I love the color combination! This mani looks great! So summery! Hope you had sun to enjoy it even more!

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    1. Thank you so much! Alas, no sun, but it definitely brightened my mood. :)

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  2. This looks like a delicious cocktail!
    What is your method to gradients? Slap-and-go, or sponge?

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    1. Haha, thanks--I would totally drink that cocktail!

      Both gradients I've done so far have been sponged. I put the 2nd colour onto the sponge directly and then dot a little of the 1st colour at the top of it, moving the sponge up and down a little while I apply. The hardest part for me is waiting until it's dry enough to sponge again without picking up more polish than I'm laying down. I just get so impatient!

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    1. Thanks a bunch! They're definitely some of my favourites. :)

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  4. AYIIII you need to come to Canada and do my nails!!!!

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    1. Aww, totally blushing now! I'm nowhere near that good yet, but if I'm ever in the neighbourhood...;)

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  5. Love it! It's really pretty! It reminds of a tropical ocean. :)

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