We’re getting close to Mardi Gras, and those New Orleans’ Carnival colors have been on the brain, just begging to get mashed together in a mani.
Problem is I am in no way a nail art aficionado. But I do like to play with gradient manicures. It’s a nice way for those of us that aren’t so steady handed to get a little creative with our polishing. Here is what I’ll be sporting over the weekend:
It’s not really a gradient manicure, but I used the gradient method with a sheer jelly so the purple (SpaRitual Illume) would fade into the green (Zoya Ivanka), rather than struggling to make a perfectly clean line. My process was as follows:
I started out with Zoya Ivanka that I had put on the day before, sans top coat.
Then, I added a thin coat of SpaRitual Illume, following the VNL that I could make out through the glitter.
Repeated that, doubling the size of the French tips. Again, with a very thin layer. With gradients, don’t fuss with each layer trying to make it perfect, otherwise the color might build up too much.
One sheer more layer, just a bit farther down the nail. Then I used my base coat to blend it.
For the last step, I took a pointed cotton swab and traced along the cuticles with Nubar Gold Glitter. Did that twice, cleaned up my cuticles, then slapped on a top coat.
If anyone else has a Mardi Gras mani I would love to see it! Link to it in the comments below. Pics of any gradients or other current nail art are welcome too.