Summer Sunset Gradient


This photo doesn't really seem to do the colors justice. It's hard to see the pink at the base...but hey, I think it still came out pretty good. This is my second attempt at doing gradient nails and I think I'm starting to get the hang of it!

The bright pink and yellow I used originally made me think of a summery lemonade...but, it turned out more like a sunset. I'll have to try a new lemonade-inspired look.

  • Added Jul 09, 2012

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Jul 10, 2012

Lauren C.

i have the hardest time doing this any tips on how to do it correctly?

Jul 11, 2012

Shawna D.

I've tried it two different ways so far.

The first time (which resulted in the blue/pink gradient I have posted on my profile), I painted the pink directly on my nail, let it dry, then painted the blue also directly on my nail, then tried to stipple the blue with a makeup sponge.

But my second attempt (this one), I think worked much better. I painted a strip of yellow and a strip of pink on a palette (in my case, a plastic bag, lol), mixed them a bit in the center with my dotting tool, pressed the makeup sponge into it and sponged it onto my nail from there, one very thin layer at a time (making sure each layer is completely dry before moving on to the next).

I think the second method works a lot better, mostly because it forces you to do it in many transparent layers, which ends up making it look more blendy. ^.^

One more difference: the first time, I only used a clear base coat...but the second time, I painted my nails white first. ^.^

Jul 09, 2012

Alison P.