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)

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While We’re on the Subject of Pink

I was never a “pink” girl growing up. In fact, I believe at some point I issued an executive order banning all pink from my room, be it toy ponies or those stretch leggings everyone was wearing in the 90s.

But at some point in college, I decided pink wasn’t evil anymore. Maybe I’d finally given up being a TOMBOY 4 LYFE and started liking any color I wanted to like. Or maybe it was boys. Either way, pink has become one of my favorite colors to paint nails with, so I bring to you:

Candy Dot NailsCandy Dots

This is a super simple design–my first one, actually. It’s accomplished with a simple dotting tool. I found that letting dots seep over the edge gives the design a nice flow.

This is a design that works best with uneven-sized dots. It gives it a fun, playful look. And man do I love that baby blue.

To achieve this design, I used:

Sinful Colors Dream On (base coat)

Sinful Colors Savage (dots)

Candy Dots - thumb

My application of the base coat leaves something to be desired.