Fade to Green

You thought green was reserved only for spring, did you? Well, you were wrong.

Silly goose.

Green ombre nails

I’ve been experimenting with achieving a smooth ombré (gradient) effect in my nail art, and I think I finally succeeded. There are two key elements to keep in mind when deciding how to complete your ombré manicure:

1. Pick colors with plenty of variance. I tried a gradient a few weeks ago that I thought would be easily visible–it faded from medium blue to light blue–but, as it turns out, my choices were a little too subtle to be noticeable from a distance.

For this gradient, I chose a super-bright, green-blue background color, and a Shrek-esque lime green for the final stage color. I had a medium-green (from a dotting set) that I used to blend the two together. Whatever “blender” color you pick, it doesn’t have to be perfectly between your first and final color–as long as it’s close, it’ll look fine.

2. Sponge with care. Some sponging tips:

– Only re-use the same spot of sponge on two nails. After that, it’s too dry and will actually peel your bottom coat, and the sponge bits will start to stick to your polish.

– Use all three colors (base coat, middle color, and final color). This helps with the blending.

– Don’t try to cover the whole nail all at once with the sponge. Roll it from side to side (exercise caution: if you move back and forth too many times, the sponge bits will break off and stick).

For this design I used:

-Wet n’ Wild Teal or No Teal

-Nail Fantasies Twist and Shout

-L.A. Girl Polka Dot Nail Art Kit (green)


Blue Fade French Tips

I wanted to grind my skill in creating the ombre (gradient) effect, and experiment with making french tips–so I did a little bit of both.

Here’s what the ombre looked like before I added the tips. Note that the gradient is subtle; I picked colors that were very similar and didn’t get quite the shocking effect I’d hoped for.

Live and learn. Though using a matte finish on top of a glitter base color was pretty awesome. I’ll do a tutorial post on creating the ombre effect in a couple of days.

Once the base coat was completely dry, I slapped on some scotch tape and painted white tips. For some reason, the instruction sheet for my french tips sticker guides (not worth getting–just use tape) says to let the white dry before ripping off the tape, but I found that created a gooey effect on the edges. Taking it off when the paint is still wet gave me a cleaner finish.

For this design I used:

– Orly Sweet Peacock (base coat)

– Orly Hang Ten (gradient)

– Finger Paints Paper Mâché (tips)