Hey guys! Look what I have! My first actual gradient! Well...I did one on one finger a couple weeks ago with the Zoya Pixiedusts on one finger for the Fourth...and it didn't turn out terrible so I got delusional enough to think I could do it on all fingers. With crème
polish. I'm reeeeeally trying to get out of my box this summer and finally attempt lots of different techniques that have been on my to-do list.... while at the same time, trying to use and document all the polishes I haven't used yet ("untrieds"....and thanks to the Zoya Earth Day sale I have *ahem
a few. winky face.
ANYHOO. Originally I intended for this to be a nice and beachy subtle blend of colors that seamlessly blended and I was going to paint little white caps on. Welllllllllll............ they didn't turn out like that but
I don't think they are completely horrible.
But yall. I can't even with the amount of effort this takes. Give me tape any day! I don't know how the girls who do this all the time do it. The time I have to work on my nails is not often and small bits of time here and there. With gradients, you have to paint base coat, dry, tape off your fingers, paint on the sponge your stripes, dab on and blend around until it doesn't look terrible, and then repeat the dabbing like 4-5 more times. ON EACH FINGER. ugh! And don't even get me started on the cleanup. Even taping around my cuticles it still took forever. At least with tape, it's basecoat, dry, tape, paint, topcoat, done. I can do it here and there throughout the day and there's pretty much no cleanup.
That all being said, I'm probably never going to do it again! So I knew I had to get some major mileage out of these. Over the next couple days I'll show you what I did to change them up...aka....recycle!
wow...that was a lot of words. Now for the pics. I took a lot.
The polishes I used are Zoya Taylor (tan), Wednesday (sage green, pictured), and Natty (navy blue)
This is the base I used...also the lightest color in the gradient. Zoya Taylor. It's from the nude collecton they put out earlier this year. I only have the darkest one, Odette, I skipped the rest bc they all seemed really similar. I picked this up at the Ulta sale on Zoyas a few weeks ago and let me tell you....I AM IMPRESSED! This is one coat yall!! One coat! I couldn't believe how opaque it is.