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Step-by-step tutorial for a simple gradient manicure
Gradient nails are easy and fun, once you get the hang of it. I think that colors with similar finishes are the easiest to use and the most forgiving.

Posted by nichole from Monterey, California, United States • Published
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  • How to paint a gradient nail. How To: Gradient Nails - Step 1
    Step 1

    Gather your supplies: two colors of polish in a similar finish, a few cosmetic wedges, and some foil.

  • How to paint a gradient nail. How To: Gradient Nails - Step 2
    Step 2

    Paint your nails with your base color and add a top coat. The topcoat will make it easier to correct any mistakes.

  • How to paint a gradient nail. How To: Gradient Nails - Step 3
    Step 3

    Apply two stripes of your polishes to a cosmetic sponge. Your base color should be closest to the edge.

  • How to paint a gradient nail. How To: Gradient Nails - Step 4
    Step 4

    Blot a few times on the foil to remove the excess.

  • How to paint a gradient nail. How To: Gradient Nails - Step 5
    Step 5

    Blot onto the nail. Repeat using a back-and-forth motion until the colors are well blended. You can use the same sponge for the whole hand, reapplying color to is as needed.

  • How to paint a gradient nail. How To: Gradient Nails - Step 6
    Step 6

    While your nails are still wet, apply another coat of topcoat to help blend the colors and smooth any bumps. Enjoy your awesome manicure.

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StealthyRainbowNinja
StealthyRainbowNinja · Fortuna, California, US
Looks great but I bet if I tried it, it wouldn't turn out as nice lol
nichole
nichole · Monterey, California, US · 1 project
give it a try. My first few attempts were not so awesome. It's really just a matter of practice and using agreeable polish. And...when in doubt, add glitter!
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Emmyann07
Emmyann07 · Sacramento, California, US · 49 projects
they look great! Def going to give this a try
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1427 projects
They look amazing!
nichole
nichole · Monterey, California, US · 1 project
thanks! Once you get the hang of it, they are super easy too!
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