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My first gradient

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Hi folks! When I first started getting into nail art, I started reading everything polish! I started following a ton of blogs, and went through all their archives. I’ve found a lot of inspiration and helpful tips at Rebecca Likes Nails, including this great tutorial on gradients. I love the look, and I was eager to give it a whirl! Plus, I’ve been practicing stamping lately, and I thought this would be a great chance to try out some new Red Angel plates I recently bought.

Here’s my first go at the gradient. The first thing I did was to paint my nails with 3 coats of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Yellow Kitty (guys, I have no idea why these polishes were all 75% off at CVS, but they are super awesome for the price). Next, I used a makeup sponge dipped in polish to layer on Fairy Teal and Thinking of Blue (both Sally Hansen complete salon manicure polishes – and I’m kind of obsessed with the Fairy Teal one, it’s so pretty!). For my first try, I think this came out pretty well! I got polish all over my fingers, as you can still kind of see. Other than that, this wasn’t so hard to do.

For the final look, I stamped this pretty hearts image from a Red Angel plate. The stamping helps to cover up any of the uneven spots from the sponging. I used Konad Black polish for the stamp. The whole thing is finished with some good ol’ Seche Vite – so shiny 🙂

How awesome is this! I think I still need to work on making everything look cleaner at the end – I mean, I used acetone to try to get rid of everything extra, but there’s still some polish in the crevices that I seem to have missed. See what I mean? I think the photo makes it look worse than in real life, somehow.



I really love this! I think this may be one of my new favorite looks!

Sorry this one looks so orange – I’ve been using my phone to edit my blog pics, and sometimes it comes out a little funky. Anyways, seriously, I really dig this manicure. Rock on!


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