All our stuff is packed up and we are hitting the road! But when your life is all packed up, how are you to do nail art?? Not to worry, I kept out a small selection of polish, and I’ll just have to make do! I love to do gradients when I’m pressed for time and space – they are so easy, absolutely gorgeous, and require very few tools. So today I have a Dalai Lama’s Nails first: a tutorial and review!
First of all, you may remember a product I’ve mentioned from some previous manicures (here and here) called Liquid Palisade. Liquid Palisade comes in a tube with a small brush applicator. It’s a liquid that you paint around your cuticles, and it prevents any polish from getting on your fingers. After it dries, you simply peel it off, leaving clean cuticles and fingers underneath. I use it for water marbling and gradients all the time, manicures that are notoriously messy, but there’s so much you could do with it – perfect French manicures, half moon manis, and tons of cool nail art. I particularly like it because it means you don’t have to use a ton of acetone on your fingers, which is very drying. Here’s how I used it to create this look:
- Start with clean, prepped nails. I use Sally Hansen Double Duty base coat. Make sure there’s not a lot of dry or flaky skin around your fingers, and also that there’s no greasy lotions or anything.
- Paint your nails with a coat of the lightest color in your gradient. For me, I knew I wanted Lime Crime Crema de Limon to be the lightest.
- Apply Liquid Palisade around your cuticles. When it’s wet, it’s a light purple. I apply Liquid Palisade one hand at a time.
- Allow Liquid Palisade to dry for 40 seconds. You can see the color changes a bit when it dries to a more translucent purple.
- Paint your gradient colors onto a makeup sponge in overlapping stripes. I used Lime Crime Crema de Limon, Illamasqua Milf, and Butter London Blagger.
- Use the sponge to dab the polish colors onto your nails. It takes a little while to build up the opacity and smooth out the gradient – just keep dabbing to blend everything together.
- Once your gradient looks the way you want it to, peel off the Liquid Palisade. Clean up done!! I used a tooth pick to gently peel it off, but you could also use tweezers. I find it best to peel of the Liquid Palisade while your polish is still wet.
- Apply topcoat to smooth everything out. I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri
- Optional, I suppose, but apply rhinestones while the topcoat is still wet. I used a toothpick to put the rhinestones exactly where I wanted!
So that’s it! That’s how I do my gradients. Liquid Palisade has totally made it easier to keep your hands neat and polish free. It definitely saves time and clean up. However, it is on the pricey side – it’s $22 per tube. I find that it lasts for quite a long time, and also that it’s an investment that will bring your nail art to a new level. Now that I have it, I seriously can’t imagine going back to the old way of doing those messy-but-awesome looks!
You can buy Liquid Palisade at www.kiesque.com for $22.