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A variation of gradient nails that uses an opaque bottom coat and a semi-transparent top coat.
I was looking for a relatively quick and easy way to make gradient nails. It occurred to me to use a transparent color over a dark one to draw out the dark color, while modifying it.
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Note: Your transparent (see-through) color needs to be harmonious with your opaque (not see-through) color, because the transparent color won't just blend with but will cover the opaque one. For instance, this pink over purple intensifies the purple to a deep magenta. Orange and green, however, would result in a muddy brown.

Posted by Vermin Jerky from San Diego, California, United States • Published See Vermin Jerky's 22 projects »
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  • How to paint a gradient nail. Transparent Opaque Gradient Nails - Step 1
    Step 1

    My nail polishes, from left to right: Transparent - Sinful Colors 814 "Forget Now" (shimmery hot pink); Opaque - Sinful Colors 929 "Let's Talk" (deep, intense, pearly violet); Top Coat - Sinful Colors 142 "Pearl Harbor" (clear with fine white-blue-aqua iridescent glitter).
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    Prep your nails as you please. I'd recommend a bare nail cleaned with polish remover or rubbing alcohol.

  • How to paint a gradient nail. Transparent Opaque Gradient Nails - Step 2
    Step 2

    Scrape as much of the dark color off its brush as you can, and lightly brush the color up from the cuticle. The light amount of polish should cause feathering at the edge.

  • How to paint a gradient nail. Transparent Opaque Gradient Nails - Step 3
    Step 3

    Take your transparent color and brush down from the tip of the nail toward the cuticle. Squish the colors together a bit where they meet.

  • How to paint a gradient nail. Transparent Opaque Gradient Nails - Step 4
    Step 4

    Brush the transparent color all the way down to the cuticle. Brush up and down the nail to blend the colors. Try not to pull the dark polish too far up to avoid monotony.

  • How to paint a gradient nail. Transparent Opaque Gradient Nails - Step 5
    Step 5

    While the nail is still very wet, before moving on to other nails, apply a slightly thicker coat of the dark color right at the cuticle.

  • How to paint a gradient nail. Transparent Opaque Gradient Nails - Step 6
    Step 6

    Use the transparent color and pull the dark color up from the cuticle, making sure to get a full coat of the transparent color.
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    Let the polish set.

  • How to paint a gradient nail. Transparent Opaque Gradient Nails - Step 7
    Step 7

    A second coat repeating steps 5 and 6 will intensify and even out the color.
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    Let the polish set.

  • How to paint a gradient nail. Transparent Opaque Gradient Nails - Step 8
    Step 8

    GLITTER!
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    Once it's dry, you're done. :)

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Vermin Jerky
Vermin Jerky · San Diego, California, US · 22 projects
Thanks, Olivia, and those who've favorited. I'm not the amazing nail artist a lot of members are, so the compliments mean a lot to me. =)
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Olivia H.
Olivia H. · Indianapolis, Indiana, US · 32 projects
Cool!
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