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Monday, 18 March 2013

NOTD: Gelly Gradient

This is not my first attempt at gradient nails, but it is my first attempt that's looked anything like how I wanted them to! It's harder than it looks but I think I've just about got the hang of it now. I started with one coat of Barry M's Gelly Hi-Shine 'Blueberry', which I love on its own or with glitter (man, I miss how long my nails were then!). I then used a makeup sponge, painted half-and-half with 'Blueberry' and 'Blackberry' and the excess dabbed off on some paper, to sponge a gradient onto each nail. You need to wiggle the sponge around a bit to get the best gradient effect, I find. This is definitely one of those things that takes a few goes to get it right. It's also one of those things that will make an unholy mess of your cuticles (see the first photo!), which no amount of dabbing with cotton buds will fix. But it's pretty! I think the finished effect is worth the effort.
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What do you think? Have you tried gradient nails? Do you have any tips to share? What would be your ideal pairing? I've tried (with less success!) yellow-orange-red, and a pale pink-hot pink gradient, but there are loads more I can't wait to try now I've got the technique almost down!



  1. They look so cool!!! Im not sure what colours Is fo for yet but i am DEFINITELY going to try this :)

  2. How cool!! I'd love to try this but I'm super lazy when it comes to nails! Gorgeous on you though!

    Megan xxx

  3. Love these colours together, I'm useless at arty nails xx

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  4. I adore your nails <3

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  5. Wow! Love it <3
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  6. These colours work really well together, I wouldn't have naturally thought about it but it looks great! Last time I tried gradient nails I did okay on my left hand but couldn't do my right so got bf to do it. Depressingly he did a better job than me... feminine fail.

    E x

  7. Oooh, they work really well together, I do love these! I like gradient nails, just so time consuming.. and often messy!

    Lizzums x

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  9. Love this look! Will definitely be trying this with the Barry M Gelly polishes that I own :).

    Your nails look Gorgeous!!

    HeatherLeanne xx

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