Showing posts with label sponging. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sponging. Show all posts

Gradient or sponging manicure

Friday, August 17, 2012

I recently figured out the art of sponging gradients thanks to some tips from readers. I am not sure I love this color combo but I think it is actually growing on me.

Gradient manicure with OPI Fiercely Fiona, Call me Gwen-ever and Fly.
Gradient manicure with OPI Fiercely Fiona, Call me Gwen-ever and Fly.


I used OPI Fly, Call me Gwen-ever and Fiercely Fiona.

I started with a base coat to protect the natural nail. Then I used a base color of Fiercely Fiona and used a top coat of Seche Vite fast dry top coat.

Then I painted a stripe of each color on a glossy piece of paper. After I tore off a piece of a cosmetic sponge I dabbed it in the polish making sure to dab it up and down to mix the colors a little.

Then I simply applied the sponge to each finger in several dabs. I really didn't think about the yellow and blue making green... I am really not sure why as it is a basic fact of color. I just liked how the polishes looked in the bottles next to each other.





But basically I was practicing my sponging techniques.

Take two - sponged gradient

Saturday, August 11, 2012

A little while ago I posted my attempt at sponging on a gradient. Thanks to the advice of some of you wonderful polish aficionados I think I am finally getting there.

I used Barielle Polished Princess for the base coat. It is a wonderful shade of green with lots of shimmer and shine.

Then I used a cosmetic sponge torn in pieces - but this time I put both Polished Princess and Barielle's Sky's the limit on the sponge and blended it in.

I like this much better!

Sponged gradient using Barielle Polished Princess and Sky's the Limit.
Sponged gradient using Barielle Polished Princess and Sky's the Limit.

Attempting gradient - still need practice

I have always loved the look of gradients. I have yet to be able to achieve the look on my own nails. I am getting closer - but still need to practice.

What are your secrets for sponging on gradients?

I used Barielle Polished Princess for the base coat. It is a wonderful shade of green with lots of shimmer and shine.

Then I used a cosmetic sponge torn in pieces to sponge on Barielle Sky's the Limit. I can still see too much of an obvious line for me. But I'm getting there.

Sponged gradient with Barielle Polished Princess and Sky's the Limit
Sponged gradient with Barielle Polished Princess and Sky's the Limit

Inspiration - Fenton glass egg (Picture heavy)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

I spotted one of my Fenton eggs in the curio cabinet and wanted to recreate the look. I actually think it worked! 

Fenton egg inspired nail art


Let me go through it step by step.

First I started with a base coat. I use Seche Vite. Adding a good base coat is extremely important because greens are infamous for staining.

Then I used Zoya "Ivanka" as a base color. I used three coats because I wanted it to be rich with color. 
 
Take a small piece of a cosmetic sponge and sponge purple on. I used Zoya "Mimi." I sponged it in a diagonal and then across the tips.


Take a dotting tool (If you don't have one it is easy to make one) and dot three five-petaled flowers with white polish.


Almost finished. Now use your dotting tool and add gold to the center of each flower. I used OPI "Pros and Bronze."

 
Next, take a striping brush and paint gold stems, actually it's kind of a vine. Sorry, I forgot to get a picture of this step. But you can see the results in the finished product.

Some more pictures of the finished Fenton inspired manicure. It was hard to get all the details in the pictures.

What inspires you?

Happy Polishing!





 

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