Friday, January 25, 2013

Purple Gradient Mani Tutorial

Aloha dear friends! It's my first official post and let's just say I'm no stranger to the blogging world! I'm still quite new to blogging about nail stuff so feel free to throw me any tips and comments! Just a reminder that this blog is an extension of my Instagram (I'm more used to instagramming my photos) so what you see on Instagram may not appear here until later. Without more rambling, here's a pictutorial on how to do gradient nails which has been highly requested on my Instagram page. I hope you like this!

What you'll need (from left to right):

A good base coat to protect your natural nails from staining. I used OPI Nail Envy,
The Face Shop pastel purple and Elianto's S09 (use any colors you like!),
a gradient glitter topper (I used China Glaze's "Fairy Dust"),
your favourite top coat (I used Essence's XXXL Shine),
some q-tips for clean-up,
a make-up sponge,
and nail polish remover.

Note: Gradient nails (I mean nails with the same color family i.e. from light blue to dark blue, light pink to dark pink, light purple to dark purple, you get the drift) are best done with either a white base or the lightest shade of the color family you're intending to go for. For this tutorial, I'm doing purple!

1. Paint your nails the lightest shade of your color choice. I used The Face Shop's pastel purple. Wait for your nails to dry (I got this tip from Bory (instagram @rinoa1107) and it worked so well for me).

2. On your makeup sponge, apply the lighter purple shade and then the darker purple shade (as shown above). Make sure they overlap slightly to prevent any harsh edges when stippling on your nail. Then, sponge it onto your nails! Make sure the colors goes over the entire nail. To create that seamless transition from light purple to dark purple, I suggest moving the sponge slightly up and down while stippling.

3. Wait for the first layer to dry partially. Then go over for another layer to intensify the gradient. For the manicure, I did a total of 2 layers (which I find a tad too light).

4. Clean up time! Gently clean up the cuticle area with your q-tip dipped in nail polish remover. Then, top it off with China Glaze's "Fairy Dust" and your favourite top coat and you're done!

Here is the final result:

Pardon my messed up cuticles. I've been having a bad time with them recently. My index finger is still sore from my stupid skin tearing incident a week ago. I hope this helped you! Let me know if you have any further questions and requests and tips and what nots! I'd love to hear from you! 

love, forever and always,


twentysixxx said...

Yay for tutorial post! Gonna be a frequent reader of your blog! :)

Annabel Lee. said...

Thank you so much Kay! Really appreciate your support! <3

Deborah said...

I follow you on Instagram and I am so so so glad you decided to start a blog. I will be following! :-) Excited to learn a bit about you as well as tips on beautiful polishes and neat nail trends. Best wishes! (@sunnydebs on instagram)

Annabel Lee. said...

Thank you Deborah for your support! I hope I don't disappoint! :)

Arvina Irene said...

you inspire some of my own nail art. thanks so much. I would appreciate it if you'd check out my blog too,

Annabel Lee. said...

Hi Arvina! Thank you! I'm checking it out now! :)