A gradient, or ombre, mani is by no means a new idea. I've been pinning them on Pinterest for years, and yet I still hadn't actually tried the process out myself. When I found out the theme for this month's #MonthlyMani was Pantone's Colors of 2016, I realized the time to ombre had inevitable arrived. I just couldn't resist the opportunity to blend the two hues. I think they look so perfectly pretty together and even mimic a cool, pastel sunset.
Luckily, as this was my first time trying out the gradient sponging technique, it turned out to be really easy and now I can't stop looking at the results. So soft, so romantic, and just so darn pretty. Here's how to get the blended effect.
What you need.
-Two nail polish colors. I used Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Extreme Wear in Tickled Pink and Babe Blue. This is not my favorite type/brand of polish, but the price is great and the Pantone colors are spot on!
-Cosmetic sponge. For applying/blending gradient effect.
-Cotton swab and nail polish remover. For clean up.
What you do.
Paint a light base coat.
I used the bottom color of my gradient- the blue- and it worked really well. Let your base coat dry completely before moving on.
Paint the sponge.
Apply the pink and the blue polishes, one on top of the other, so that the polish stripes bump into one another. Make sure the design will cover the width and length of your nail bed.
Lightly sponge/roll onto the nail.
Emphasis on lightly. I was too heavy-handed the first time around and had to start over. You are aiming for light layers here and you can expect to do at least three for full coverage.
Clean up the edges.
Use the cotton swab and the nail polish remover to clean up around cuticle and under the nail.
Apply a top coat and you're done! Simple as that! :)
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