I was loving my snowflake nails, but they chipped. Typically I just re-paint the chip and all is good, but because it’s the weekend, and we are stuck in with builders sorting out our hallway floor, I have plenty of time today to do a new manicure.
Sometimes it takes me an age to decide what to do, but today I seemed to know straight away that I wanted to do a gradient. I’ve only done one before, but it was quite successful and much easier to do than I had imagined.
If you don’t know how to do a gradient, then I can highly recommend the Nailasaurus’s tutorial. The only thing I would add is that I use a make-up sponge and wet it before wringing it right out. This stops the polish from sinking into the sponge too much. I also paint stripes of colour straight onto the sponge rather than onto plastic.
Today I chose to go for grey gradient nails. I painted my nails with two coats of Revlon Hazy, which is the lighter of the two greys. I haven’t used this polish before and I have to say I was really impressed. It went on smoothly and dried quickly. It’s part of the Top Speed collection and says on the bottle that it sets in 60 seconds, which for once with a polish is actually true. It also says to apply one coat, but I chose two. I think you could easily get away with doing one thickish coat if you applied it well; I just wanted to ensure I got a great finish.
When it was dry, I sponged the gradient on using more Hazy and Barry M Grey. The Barry M Grey is also another of my untried polishes and I just love the colour. I wil be wearing this one on its own at some point.
- Base: two coats of Revlon Hazy
- Gradient polishes: Revlon Hazy and Barry M Grey
- Top coat: No.7 Stay Perfect