Wednesday 11 June 2014

Spangley's Simple Steps: {Gradient vs Ombre Tutorial} Part 2 - Gradient

Hi everyone! Yesterday I covered part 1 of my 2 part Gradient vs Ombre tutorials, if you missed it, you can read it here.  Today I will conclude with part 2 - gradients.

Ombre - When one colour fades into a another shade from the same colour family.
To you and me - When baby blue fades into royal blue or lime green into dark green; again, the possibilities are endless!

Gradient - When one colour fades into another colour.
To you and me - When blue fades into green, pink to blue, purple to orange; the possibilities are endless!

I have to admit that out of the 2, I prefer Gradients.  You can experiment with loads of different colours and polishes, see what works and what doesn't.  You can also build up the amount of colours your using, for example, in this tutorial I have used 2 colours but you can use 3 and 4 sometimes depending on the size of your nail.

Before you start, make sure you have everything you need:

Your favourite Base and Top Coat
White for base: Barry M - White
Glitter for the top: I have said this is optional because you do not have to add this, you can just add top coat, but I think it adds extra "blend" to the look & I'm using China Glaze - Fairy Dust

You will also need a few tools too;

Step 1
Start off by painting your nails with your base coat and letting it dry, then paint all your nails with white.  By doing this, it will make the colours in our gradient really "pop."
You need to wait until this is totally dry before moving onto the next step, if you move on whilst the polish is still tacky, you run the risk of ruining the entire mani.  If you're impatient, like me, you can add a coat of Fast Drying top coat which will speed the process up.  If you choose to do this though, make sure you wait 10-15 minutes before moving on. 

Whilst this is drying, add 2 pieces of scotch tape to either side of your nail.  This is optional, I just think it helps with clean up at the end.

Step 2
Using both your colours, paint 2 sections onto the make up sponge, right next to each other.

Step 3
Take your make up sponge and dab it directly onto your nail.  Do this by using a rolling motion.

Step 4
Repeat Step 3 as many times as you need to to achieve your desired look.

Step 5
If you went for the glitter option, add a coat now whilst the polish is still tacky - its helps blend it, I promise!  Finish off removing your scotch tape from the sides of your nail and using your clean up brush with acetone remove any polish thats on your skin. Add a top coat and you're done!

You can add an optional Rhinestone to your accent nail like I have done here.

Please let me know if you try this design out by using the hashtag #LookSpangley on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, alternatively you can tag me in the picture - I'd love to see!

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