Hi there lovelies! Today Dani of From Polish, With Love is here to share with us for this month long celebration! Dani is a sweetheart and has two cutie pie little boys a home! She still manages to run her blog, which includes nail polish, makeup, and lifestyle posts. Let's take a look at what she has to share!
Hey there Polish Peeps!! I'm Dani, the blogger behind From Polish, with Love and you may remember me from the last time I was over here guest posting on Tiffany's blog!
Today, I've decided to show you all a tutorial I did on this look!
When Tiffany asked me if I wanted to do a guest post I immediately knew I needed to do something with purple, since it is one of her favorite colors. A lot of my readers have been requesting different variations on gradients so I grabbed some nail vinyls from Nails Redesigned in the Extra Wide Chevron that I won in a giveaway from Nail Polish Wars and 2 purple shades that would create one kick butt gradient and I went to work!!!
Here is what I used:
Wedge makeup sponge, Pretty & Polished Dancing at Dusk, Finger Paints Abstract Attraction, Pretty & Polished Living in Flip Flops and Nails Redesigned Extra Wide Nail Vinyls. You will also need white nail polish but I had a brain fart and forgot to include that in the pic!
I started off by applying one of the nail vinyls across my nail, almost like you are creating a half moon manicure. Then take a white polish ( I used Milani Spotlight White ) and paint the visible part of your nail. Carefully but quickly, remove the vinyl.
I then applied a fast drying top coat and waited for a few minutes. Once you are certain that your top coat has dried completely, take another decal and apply it right over the same spot, making sure it is lining up correctly. ( I'm going to use the same pic again just for reference )
I then took a makeup wedge sponge and applied one horizontal stripe of Pretty & Polished Living in Flip Flops from their 2014 Summer Fun Collection, a gorgeous purple holo! I then applied Pretty & Polished Dancing at Dusk right underneath Living in Flip Flops. Start sponging the polish onto the painted part of your nail WHILE THE VINYL IS STILL ADHERED. The vinyl keeps that negative space still open! Using light dabbing motions, I sponged on the polish while moving up and down the nail. I did this step about 4 times til I got the payoff that I wanted. Once you are satisfied, remove the vinyl and clean up around your nails!
If you are left with some white, don't worry! A small nail art brush dipped in the top color can correct that!
I love the purple and blue flakes in Finger Paints Abstract Attraction and decided to layer that over it for a finished look. Meh. You really can't tell with it on there but it showed up in my mind :-P
So what do you think of this edgy gradient? I love the negative space and they kind of remind of mountains a bit!!!
Here are some quick tips for gradients if you are interested in trying them out for yourself!!
- Dampen your makeup sponge, I find when it's damp I'm less likely to end up with tiny little sponge particles on my nails
- Lightly dab the sponge onto your nails while moving it up and down. That way it will blend the colors and you will end up with a seamless transition!! Don't be afraid to do this more than once, the more times you reapply the polish, the better color payoff you will get!
- Apply over a white base, that helps the color to really pop!
- I do one nail at a time, including clean up. It's a lot easier to clean off the excess polish around your nails while it's still wet than if it's dried.
- Use a small makeup brush dipped in pure acetone for clean-up around your nails.
- Try not to apply a ton of nail polish on the sponge, sometimes I feel like I get better blending when I don't apply a thick coat of polish!
Thank you so much Dani! I truly appreciate your support of P2P! Don't forget to follow her using the links she provided above.