Friday, June 29, 2012

Spots, Gradients & Stripes

OPI Hot & Spicy, OPI Dating A Royal, China Glaze Kinetic Candy

This manicure came about in a very random way. It was one of those ones where you grab a few colours, start painting and see where it ends up. I was watching The Good Wife (I'm super far behind, I only started season 1 last week, but oh my goodness it's a good show!) and painting my nails without really thinking what they would end up looking like. 

I started with some orange nails, and some pale blue accent nails. Since I discovered how easy it is to do gradients I've been a tad obsessed, so I added a gradient on the orange nails. Why not add spots too? Get all the colours on the nail! A vertical stripe here, and some horizontal stripes there and this mani was born. 

I'm still not sure if I love or hate the colour combination, but I'm quite liking the fact that there are three different patterns in this manicure.

Edit: So, I totally thought I'd posted a gradient mani before this one. Apparently not. This was actually the third I'd done, but the first to make it on the blog. I followed Sammy's tutorial at The Nailasaurus, which makes gradients super easy! Sometimes if I'm feeling lazy I'll just paint the different colours right on the sponge in two stripes, instead of mixing and dabbing it on the sponge, although you do get a nicer gradient if you mix them first. 


  1. I love it, this mani is a mix and match really vell done and combined! :)

  2. I really like this - I never would have thought to put these colors together, but it looks so good!

  3. These are amazing! I love them!! I was scrolling thru my blogs to read for the day and these made my jaw drop

  4. Gorgeous... And a really interesting color combination. Very modern. I like it!

  5. This looks really cool! Love all the colors you used and especially love the polka gradients. ^^

  6. Thanks everyone! I'm glad people like the colours together. I always seem to end up using my same favourite polishes over and over so I'm trying to be a bit more adventurous.

  7. Que bonitas!! Acabo de descubrir tu blog y me ha enamorado...

  8. this is absolutely AMAZING !!! i love it xxx

  9. Do you have a blog post about how to gradients on your nails? X

    1. Hehe, lucky you commented on this! I've done a few gradients, and in my crazy brain, I completely forgot that this was the first one that I'd posted! Sammy has a great tutorial for gradients. I've updated the post with a link to her tutorial now.


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