It's been a while since I posted anything - swatch posts don't count - and much as I would love to pretend work has kept me busy, it's mostly been Netflix and online shopping :P A nail art post seemed like the easiest way to get back into blogging, and I tried out a simple gradient nail with Maybelline India's Color Show nail polishes. The colors I used are a metallic warm pink (Chrome Pink) and gold (Bold Gold). The pink is a little brighter than what I ordinarily wear and adding a dull gold gradient helps tone it down a bit, imo. These polishes cost Rs. 75 each (a friend bought these for me in India) and are a fabulous pick if you like doing nail art or just change polishes very often.
|Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish - Bold Gold and Chrome Pink|
Check other shades HERE.
Sponge-gradient nails are quite popular all over the internet, and a simple Google search will throw up quite a few fabulous tutorials done by some amazing nail polish bloggers. This is just a mish-mash of all the instructions - definitely not my own genius at work here! In a nutshell, you apply a base color (I have used Chrome Pink), then use a sponge to dab a mix of the base color and your chosen gradient color (I have used Bold Gold) to get an ombre or dip-dyed effect on the nails. You can use multiple colors, but I have kept it simple with just these two colors.
|Pink and Gold Gradient-Sponge Nails - How-to|
1. Apply 2 coats of base color. The color I have used - Maybelline Color Show Chrome Pink - is a metallic pink with a hint of coral to it, but because of the spectacular lighting in my room it's looking orange/coral here! Anywho, apply the polish and wait for it to dry completely.
2. Apply a thick stripe of Chrome Pink on a makeup sponge as shown in the photo above. I have used a dry sponge, and the polish will get absorbed into the sponge very quickly. Some bloggers recommend using a wet sponge to avoid this, but I prefer it this way.
3. Apply a stripe of Maybelline Color Show Bold Gold slightly overlapping the previously applied pink stripe. Dab the sponge once or twice on paper to check the colors before actually applying it on your nail - also helps take off any globs of polish that maybe there on the sponge.
4. Dab the sponge on to the nail, keeping the gold stripe towards the tip of the nail. Repeat this 3 or 4 times, moving the sponge just a teeeny bit higher each time, to get a more uneven appearance to the gradient and avoid a sharp line.
If you are quick with the dabbing/sponging, you can do 2 nails (or more, perhaps) at a time before the sponge dries out. I am slower and also because I use a dry sponge, I have to do the whole stripes-on-sponge routine fresh for each nail. Once all the nails are done, clean up any polish from around the nails and seal with a top coat. I have used a glossy top coat on my nails, but next time, I will try this out with a matte coat.
And that's the finished look! :)
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