Sunday, 25 May 2014

Metallic Gradient Nails

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I love the look of gradient nails, but nothing speaks to me quite like the pairing of neutrals and metallics. I've already talked about an easy technique to get the typical french tips with a metallic twist, so here's an easy way to take the metallic tip to the next level.

Base coat: Sally Hansen White Tip | Tips: Orly Rage | Top Coat: Sally Hansen Mega Shine

1. Make sure your base colour is opaque and completely dry before you attempt to add the gradient. Grab a cosmetic sponge and scrap piece of paper and you're ready to go.

2. Place a blob of your metallic polish of choice (it works best with polishes that have a very fine glitter base) on the paper and pick up the polish with a flat edge of the sponge. Tap off most of the polish on the paper (especially on your first round of sponging) so there is only a light layer on the sponge.
3. Start at the tip and gently pounce the sponge on the nail, covering the entire width of the nail before moving down towards the cuticle. Use lighter pressure has you move down the nail so that the metallic polish fades out completely.
4. Dip the sponge back in the polish and repeat the step, staying closer to the tip of the nail to build up the colour. Repeat until you have the desired intensity at the tip.

And you're done! It may take some trial and error to figure out exactly how much polish/pressure to use, but you'll pick it up in no time.

Base coat: Essie Topless and Barefoot | Tips: Orly Rage | Top Coat: Sally Hansen Mega Shine

White was the easiest to see in pictures, but one of my favourite ways to wear this look is actually to pair it with a nude polish. The final look is really subtle, but super pretty especially in natural light.

So, will you give this look a try?

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