With all of the more intricate nail art that I have been doing for challenges lately, it’s almost a relief to get back to basics with a mani for the SIMPLES group. Debbie’s lesson for this week is gradients, which is a type of nail art that can sort of be hit and miss for me. I tend to love gradients, but there are some that I have done in the past that I just plain disliked. I also have to admit that although using a makeup sponge is the easiest method for me, I am increasingly liking my results with watercolor and drybrush gradients because they usually flow together more smoothly. Today, though, is a sponged gradient.
I used Kleancolor Pastel Blue, Sally Hansen Pacific Blue, and Zoya Sailor for my accent nail, and the rest have a gradient made with Zoya Louise, OPI A-Piers to Be Tan, and Barry M Lychee. Since it is the way I normally do this, I used what Debbie calls the ‘choppy’ (or ‘sloppy’) method of making a gradient, where you don’t blend the colors at all before putting them on the sponge.
I am kind of iffy on these. I usually like brown and blue together, but these shades don’t go together as well as I would have liked. Looking at them individually though, the gradients turned out really well. Especially the blue nail.
Switching gears completely, I want to remind everyone that my move to England is happening in three days. And now that I’m caught up on SIMPLES, I am going to pack away the last of my polishes and nail art supplies, so there very likely won’t be anything up on the blog for at least a week. A break like that is nothing new for me I guess, but I just thought I would offer a little warning this time. 🙂