Thursday, May 02, 2013

A Nice, Warm Gradient, or: Kind of a Fail

I try to do good gradients all the time and I always mess something up.  I follow all the gradient rules!  Paint the polish on a flat surface, two colors next to each other, mix the two in the middle, grab color with sponge, dab dab dab, etc.  But it never turns out nicely like I want it to.  It's always like, sort of close but also not quite there.  I'll be too heavy-handed or light-handed on one nail and then.  Sigh.  Anyway, this.





Looks so much better from far away!  And that picture makes my seriously tiny fingers look like sausages, so I don't know what gives.  Anyway.  I used China Glaze Mimosa's Before Mani's [sic] (and again I say, UGH CHINA GLAZE C'MON [please read that in G.O.B. Bluth voice kthx]) and Passion For Petals.  I thought these would look really nice and sunset-y together.  And they do.  I guess I just need to keep practicing with my sponging.  Someday I'll have the time to perfect a nice gradient, but until then this is what I have to show you.

Also, I wrote a pretty long paper in two days.  And that's finals for you.  I don't even think it's very good writing, but I just kept going and going and going BECAUSE:


Truer words, Ms. Gilmore, have never been spoken.  

K, talk to you next week!



28 comments:

  1. Your hands do not look like sausages! LOL. I have tried to do gradients so many times and I cannot get it to look right AT ALL. -L

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    1. Aw, bless. My sausage fingers thank you.

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  2. I like it! I don't have enough patience to even try -- I mean, after about three nails, I would be totally over it. (And, no, your fingers do NOT look like sausages!)

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    1. I basically was over it after three nails but I had to keep going. #bloggerproblems

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  3. I'm with Janna above. I have not the patience to try it. Plus I'm not sure I like the look of gradients alone. I do like some when there is a design over top. I guess I have picky tastes! I so miss Gilmore Girls!

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    1. I like gradients alone if they're done right. Sadly this one was not.

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  4. You right, it does look pretty from far away. Next time try to do the gradient with an eyeshadow applicator sponge (I got mine at CVS). It helps a lot!

    I'm on my final papers too! Good luck, and we can do it!

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    1. Oh my God, I meant *you're right of course. I'm in that finals fog.

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    2. Haha, no worries! I am not judging you.

      I've used an eyeshadow sponge before too. Mostly just for glitter, though.

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  5. I have better luck with gradients when I paint the colors directly on the sponge and overlap them slightly. Sometimes it takes a couple coats, but it usually turns out pretty well that way.

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    1. I've tried that too. Maybe I'll try it again...

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    2. I do it Erin's way too. I cut a potato stick shaped piece off a thin cosmetic sponge, paint the polish on the end and dab away until the paint fades out. So much easier. I might have to paint the sponge twice if my nails are getting too long (three times for my freakishly wide thumbs). I used that method to do a pretty awesome (if I do say so myself) galaxy mani for NYE.

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  6. Dudettes, I am the laziest person I know, so I stick with The Beauty Department's method: dampen your sponge slightly, then paint your colors on the sponge, side by side, and dab, dab, dab by bouncing the sponge on your nail. Works like a charm. I guess it's due to the damp sponge.

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  7. Well, Ms. Gilmore, your colour combo is perfect here! And I rather like your babbling in the morning with my coffee: it is such a nice and friendly start of the day :-) Thank you!

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  8. yes, gradients do not work for me either, is like a 3 yr old paainted my nails. LOL
    Oh I love love Gilmore Girls her babbling is so freaking awesome

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    1. I miss Gilmore Girls. I have them all on DVD but not here in NY with me. Sometimes I get bummed I can't watch it.

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