- White polish
- Striping tape
- Polishes for your gradient (I have used China Glaze Too Yacht To Handle, Towel Boy Toy and That's Shore Bright)
- Make up sponge dampened and squeezed out
- Scrap Paper
- Cotton buds
- Nail polish remover
- Top coat
- Orange stick
So, start off by painting your nails a white base coat, and make sure this is completely dry before you move on to the next stage.
Cut yourself a large amount of strips of striping tape in advance, and then start placing it on your nails. For this design I've started with a long strip down the middle of my nails.
Next, I've placed more striping tape across my nails in a chevron pattern. The only important thing to remember when you place the striping tape on your nails, is the order that you've placed it on, as you want to rip it off (eventually) in a reverse order, so you don't pull your design apart.
Next, get your dampened make up sponge. Paint your polish on in stripes across the make up sponge , and then stamp it on to a piece of scrap paper. Bear in mind the length of your nails and the amount of colours you are using, to make sure you've got the right amount of polish onto your sponge.
Next, stamp the sponge onto your nails. Don't do this too hard, if you do, the colours won't apply well, and you run the risk of getting tiny bits of the sponge stuck to your nails. I'd recommend sponging it on 2-3 times, quite quickly and fairly lightly.
Also, move the sponge up a tiny bit for the second go, and slightly down a bit for the third go, again this will help the blending of the colours. Keep going until you have a sufficient amount of coverage on your nails and the colours have blended nicely.
Let your nails dry and then carefully (and quickly!) rip off your striping tape. Make sure you do this in the right order so you don't pull your design apart.
Before any tidying up; apply top coat to seal in your design, so if you do nudge it slightly during clean up, you won't be taking the gradient off, only a little bit of top coat.
Tip a little bit of polish into the lid of the nail varnish remover and dip the cotton bud in. Use the cotton bud to carefully wipe off any excess polish on your fingers. Be careful not to wipe any of the polish off your nails. If you've got a thin paintbrush, you could use that instead to be a bit more precise.
Now, this looks pretty cool as it is, but I thought I'd bling it up just that little bit more with some diamantes. I applied another layer of top coat and then used an orange stick to position the diamantes into place.
So there you go! What do you think?
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