Monday, September 15, 2014

31 Day Challenge Day 10 - Gradient


I've had a busy weekend, how about you?  It took a lot longer than I thought it would to get my nails to come out so I was happy with them - these pictures are the 3rd attempt.  By the time I was happy late Saturday night, I was too sleepy to take any pictures for a post and then Sunday I wasn't home at all.  So I'm finally sharing my Day 10 for the #31dc2014 today - and yes, I'm still wearing them.  I hope I'll be able to get the next day's challenge done, ideally tomorrow, but looking at how much needs to get done at home and running around in preparations for the new puppy, there's no guarantee I'll have the time.

While I was brainstorming for this prompt, I realized that pink was one color I had not yet used in this challenge.  So I thought I would do either a pink and purple or pink and blue gradient.  Yeah...those didn't quite work out.  I almost went with the pink and purple but at the last minute I spotted a matte glitter that I'd been wanting to use.  I remembered that there was a pink in the same collection as the glitter so decided to use that as my jumping off point and popped that on my pinkies, then decided to work with the colors of the glitter to use for the gradient.  

For my base color, I ended up with a medium-thick coat of L'Oreal Acid Watermelon.  On all my nails but my pinkies, I sponged on a layer of Essie Good As Gold (both colors on the sponge).  I made myself stop at one "layer" on each nail.  I kept reminding myself of a great tip that I had read the other day on The Nailasaurus - "don't rush your gradients!"  Part of the issue with my earlier attempts was I kept adding more when I should have stopped and it went from "this could work" to "oh, no, this is coming right off."
On my pinkies I added a generous layer of Finger Paints Hollywood Decadence (my one pick from the Film Noir display that was the August collection at Sally's).  My final touch was a nice shimmery dot of SinfulColors Palm Breezy to accent the blue glitters.  I did topcoat on all but my pinkies.
The Mister didn't get the blue dot on my nails, but that's him.  I liked the final look a lot.
Since a baby pink was part of the Finger Paints collection, I thought hot, nearly neon, pink would work nicely.  There was also a baby blue and maroon in the collection.  I chose not to get the other 3 since I had read that the matte finish was difficult to apply and unforgiving.  Pass.

Let's see how the upcoming prompts go.  Out of the "styles" category, I've only played around with polka dots a few times and I haven't done much besides just add a coat of glitter.  Should prove to be interesting!
How often do you do a gradient on your nails? Did you pick up any polishes from the Finger Paints Film Noir collection?

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