I really need to get back into doing some nice nail tutorials so I thought this would be a nice simple one that most people like the look of and that's gradient nails or colour changing nails.
I do promise to do the tutorial on the Alexander McQueen Tribute nails next week though!
So a gradient manicure normally consist of using 5 different nail polishes that range from light to dark in a specific colour. However that actually means owning 5 different shades of one colour. Which of course can be quite costly and you may not want to own numerous shades of one colour!
But hopefully this will show you how to save money and how you can create gradient nails in any colour you own. However be warned this is not the quickest of manicures.
Barry M Mushroom Gradient Nails
- Your main nail polish that you want to create the gradient with.
- A white nail polish.
- A grey or black nail polish.
- A cheap or old top coat - This will be used for the brush not the polish.
- A small pot or container - I just use a old lid from a beauty product.
- Also nail polish remover and tissue to clean out the container.
1. Paint both middle finger nails with your main polish - In my case it's Mushroom by Barry M.
2. First create the lighter shades by dropping in quite afew drops of your main nail polish. Then next to the nail polish in the pot drop in only afew drops of white nail polish.
3. Mix together using the brush from the top coat nail polish - there is no need to clean the brush of the clear nail polish as it won't affect the colour. Mix until both polishes are blended in and look a shade lighter than the original nail polish. If it's looking too light or dark just add afew drops of the colour you need and mix.
4. Paint the index fingers with the nail polish from the pot using the top coat brush that you mixed it with. Apply a thick enough coat so that it is opaque as you will find the polish in the container can go tacky quite quickly. So you won't have enough time to apply two coats.
5. Next add more white nail polish to the container and mix. This will be the shade for the thumb nails.
7. Next to create the dark shades mix quite afew drops of your main nail polish with the grey or black nail polish (if you are using black you will need less ofcourse). This will create the shade for your ring fingers.
8. After painting the ring fingers add afew more drops of the grey polish to create a darker shade for your little finger. If it becomes too dark just add some of your main colour to lighten it slightly.
9. Paint your little finger nails and then your done!
Hopefully you have found this slightly helpful & also given you an idea on how you can lighten (or darken) any nail polish.