So I don't know about you but I am still fighting the plague of death. I really tried to rest this weekend but I had to shoot a show and deliver a wedding so that ended up with working into the 5AM-6AM Hell hour on Friday and Saturday. But nonetheless, here I am. At least I've got this new nail art challenge I am taking up with my girl Caitlin from Addicted to Lacquer. I think she was the first person who discovered my blog and we've got on famously ever since! It's seriously overdue, but we finally decided to do bestie nails - normally I think people do matching 'twin' nails, but we decided to do our own take on the same theme. It's a lot of fun that way because we get to surprise the other with how we interpreted and executed the theme. We also decided to do it weekly because let's be real, I have commitment issues (and the need for 30 hour days, sigh). Anyway, this week's theme was GRADIENTS!
Make sure you check out Addicted to Lacquer's Week One post! I love Caitlin's Rainbow Dash themed gradient nails! She clearly schools me but I just masked my bad sponging and gradient skills with stamping, hahaha! When in doubt...
I created my gradient nail art with the Essence 'Ticket to Paradise' collection, by sponging the colours over top a one coat foundation of OPI Alpine Snow. Believe it or not, there is actually a pattern to this - I tried to angle the gradient so they would make pseudo triangles across the nail but it didn't turn out that way. I used a make-up sponge that Rainbow Honey included with their Christmas "Large Mystery Bag" (which I will post later this week).
After making a huge mess, I cleaned up carefully around the edges.
And for funsies, I totally remembered I have a fully functional Crescent Moon Wand from the 90s. Yeah, prized posession, absolutely! JUST BECAUSE!
So I think I was really bothered by how much I suck at gradients, so I wanted to add some stamping to it. I'm a big fan of Nailz Craze plates and I have all of them but I am also terrible at it. Here's my best effort - yes I totally had to take a few shots at it before I could pick up this wonderfully intricate design! Here's a before and after:
BEFORE NAILZ CRAZE STAMPING:
AFTER NAILZ CRAZE STAMPING:
And apparently a ring switch was required, haha! Used one of my black Batman midi rings instead. I love these rings:
I'm glad that Rainbow Honey tossed in some make-up sponges in their Large Mystery Bag because I didn't think I'd ever use them. I prefer make-up sponges over kitchen sponges because it's easily to build up the gradient and have a softer controlled transition. Make sure you check out Caitlin's blog to see her gradient art!
How do you do your gradients? Do you have any tips and tricks? Maybe the type of polish you use? What kind of patience is needed? Have you done bestie nails before?