May 10, 2013

31 Day Challenge, Day 10: Gradient nails

Orly Nail Defense
essie Blanc (white)
essence black is back (black)
essence better than gel nails top sealer

Here comes 10th theme of 31 Day challenge, Gradient nails!

So how do you make gradient pattern? Sponging is world-wide known technique for easy-but-pretty gradient. In some region jelly polishes are used to build gradient by painting. I’ve heard that glitter gradient using glitter powder is pretty easy too. But I didn’t go any of them; just because I wanted to try tiny-stroke-gradient since I’ve seen this stunning mani on Kayono’s blog, Neues vom Kellerkind! :D

On her mani she used blue, but here I’ve used only white and black. Simply I’ve grabbed my mini polish bottle, poured little amount of white and black, mixed; to make my desirable gray color. I started with super light gray made by white with very little black, then added more black to make the gray color stronger. I’m pretty happy with the final outcome; and technique itself was really easy! Only the problem was I had to take a time to mix right colors though… :P

さて早くも10日めですよ、グラデネイルの日ですよ!実は日本ってグラデネイル先進国だったのはご存知でしょうか。こちらの連中にとってグラデってエアブラシでしか出来ないものという頭があったようで、一方その頃日本ではシロップネイルやらラメグラデやらと普通に一般人がやってたワケです。なので去年だか「スポンジで簡単にグラデ出来ちゃうよ!」的チュートリアルが海外ネイルクラスタ内で大流行したとき、正直「何で今更?」と首を捻ったのはいい思い出です。スポンジグラデってそれこそグラデがまだシロップいわれてたときに既に日本で出ていたテクだったと思うのですが、気のせいですかね(´・ω・`)

さておきグラデです。スポンジともラメグラとも違うものにしたいと思った結果こうなりました。元ネタはこちら。最初見たときは「超頭ええなコレ!」と凄い感心したものです。色も同じとかやったらさすがに芸が無いので変えてみましたが、結果的にいい感じになったと思われ。延々白と黒を混ぜまくったのはさすがにかなり大変でしたがw

10 comments:

  1. reminds me of dove feathers. :) nice

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  2. Very cool! I may have to steal this technique!

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    1. Hahaha thank you & Go ahead Nidia!
      I really love this mani too :)

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  3. Wow, I didn't even realise it's been a year since I did that mani... But it's nice to see that it inspired someone. :) And I really like yours. It does look like feathers! Also, it's always interesting too also read the Japanese part of your posts. ;) Once again, learned something new!

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    1. Thank you for great idea Kayono! I'm very happy that finally I could do this :)
      Also...hahaha, I think I'd understood what you've meant, yep actually gradient was one of very first "nail art technique" which was open to general girls in JP since like a decade ago...BUT not this one!! :P

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  4. Such an interesting gradient manicure, very unusual but beautiful! I adore grey! :-)

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    1. Thank you Raggio di Luna! ;)
      I really wanted to do something unusual, happy to hear you loved it!

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