First, I would recommend gathering together everything you will need.
- At least 2 different coloured polishes
- Base coat
- Top coat,
- Nail polish remover/acetone (I use both, but one or the other will do!)
- A sponge
- Scissors (you may not need these depending whether you would rather use the sponge whole)
- Clean up brush.
I am using Neon colours so the polishes I need are Barry M Matt White, Sinful Colours Cream Pink and W7 Fluorescent Yellow.
I started with a base coat. I use Sally Hansen Nail Nutrition, followed by a white layer of Barry M, as I am using neon colours and the white base helps make sure the colours stand out.
Now I would recommend opening all the polishes you want to use for your gradient, so you can easily get at them.
Hold the sponge, then using the other hand paint a small line of your first colour. Directly below this, paint a line of your second colour.
Now, the messy part! Sponge the paint onto the nail. Make sure you dab the sponge up and down a bit, so the colours blend in the middle and don't forget about the sides of your nails! It will end up all over your fingers, but don't worry about that!!
You can probably do 2 or 3 nails before you need to put more polish on the sponge, depending how fast you work. If it is starting to get tacky, or not transferring well, just put fresh polish lines on the sponge!
Now, depending how bright you want the colours, once the first layer is dry you can dab more polish on. In this picture you can see the colour difference between one layer and two layers.
That's the main part done, hopefully you're gradient should look something like this:
Now for the clean up. I use another piece of sponge and some Nail Polish Remover to clean the worst off my fingers.. It would take forever to clean all that with a clean-up brush.
Then I use some acetone and a clean-up brush to make sure my cuticles are all clean and tidy!
Follow with a layer of topcoat and you're done! I use Barry M 3 in 1 topcoat.
Ta Da!! Happy Gradient-ing!!
You can create lots of different effects with this technique, just by using different colours.
Here are a few other gradient manicures I have done: