What's that saying? Those that can, do. Those that cannot, attempt gradient manicures and fail? I think that's it. I have seen my fair share of beautiful Gradient Manicures. A Gradient Manicure is one where several colors of nail polish are used on one nail and there is a smooth almost imperceptible line between the colors. You know how they do that? Apparently I didn't.
Check out the Gradient Manicure from Jeanette at The Swatchaholic (who by the way, generously let me use her image with permission.) You will see a flawless transition between colors. They sponge the colors on. Yeah SPONGE! Something I neglected to do with my gradient manicure. I'm much too impatient to break out a sponge and tap and pat and tap and pat. I really am pretty impatient when it comes to everything, so why I attempted this type of manicure, I have no idea. Maybe I was feeling guilty about all the nail polish I own. I have more nail polish than I do fingers and toes and friends that have fingers and toes. Maybe I just wanted to be creative. Maybe I was bored. It's not important WHY I attempted the manicure, what's important is that I FAILED. (Wait. That doesn't sound right) What's important is that I can learn from my mistakes.
Here are the nail polishes I used in creating my Gradient Manicure. I use the Nubar Sandstone as a base, then Nubar Jem to the middle of the nail. I applied Sally Hansen Big Money on the tips and then used Confetti Tiara all over in order to "blur" the lines a bit. HA! Not so much, BUT I will say that without my glasses on it looked pretty cool. Also from far away my nails looked neat too. So I basically spent the week not wearing my glasses and standing approximately 10 feet away from anyone so my nails would look nice. It was difficult. But I managed.
Wanna see the result?
OK. Maybe it isn't as bad as I described (Yes it is), but it was fun to do. And now that I know I have no patience to actually use a sponge to create this Gradient Manicure and I have neither the skill to make it look as awesome as The Swatchaholic. I think I'll just stick to one color and maybe an accent nail or a little glitter on the tips now and again.
What about you? Have you attempted the Gradient Manicure? What other fun nail polish applications are you doing right now?