Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Nubar Nails Gradient Manicure - Pictures


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?

Gradient Manicure

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? 

12 comments:

  1. Looks stunning Elvira! I love the glitter, and you have beautiful nails.

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  2. I attempted nail art the other day, using tape to make a design on the tips of my nails. It took 2 hours and was a complete messy failure. Your faux gradient nails look professional in comparison to what my attempt would look like.

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  3. I love the colors you used! And the saying is so very wise, lolol. I have not tried a gradient. There are a great number of "simple" techniques I'd like to try, but at the end of the day, the most adventurous I'm usually willing to get is two accent nails.

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  4. This is totally not a fail...I have Nubar Gem and didn't like it for a regular manicure, but thanks to you I know that I'll love it for a gradient manicure!! Thank you!!!

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  5. Love it! nice twist on nude nails for Spring. great job!

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  6. You know they look great, right? I'm tempted to accuse you of fishing for compliments...The colors you chose go together perfectly and your nails are lovely! I'm inspired for my next manicure. :)

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  7. Yes, that first picture looks absolutely flawless, but you did a REALLY good job! Seriously, well done!

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  8. You did a great job, Elvira! I SUCK at gradient manis but I love the look. Must. Practice! :P

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  9. I mean, I'd be pretty happy with that outcome. But I'm way too lazy to do anything LIKE that. So can you just do it for me?

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  10. Wow!!! These manis are both so pretty. Love the color combos and the design. If I were to choose, I would choose the second one for I think I can wear this everyday. I find it classy and I usually like nude colors.

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