Monday, 30 April 2012

Gradient Nails Picture Tutorial

Exciting news today! This blog now resides at thenailasaurus.com! I've always wanted my own domain and after two years I finally decided today was the day to fix that. 
For some reason, I had it in my head that it would be complicated and expensive. It wasn't! I don't know how it works on other platforms, but it turns out Google will pretty much do it all for you for $12.30 a year. All you have to do is go to your basic settings in dashboard and follow the steps. Easy as pie and just as satisfying!

So yesterday I hinted that I'd be elaborating on the technique I used for my gradient nails. And today, as promised, I've written a detailed picture tutorial for you guys. Enjoy!

UPDATE: If you'd prefer to watch the video version, just scroll straight to the bottom of this post!

Gradient Nail Art Tutorial

Click 'Read More' to see the tutorial

Before you start, make sure you have everything you need and that it's easy to reach from wherever you're sitting. It's also a good idea to make a quick trip to the bathroom. There's nothing worse than creating an awesome mani and then ruining it because you didn't prepare ahead!

The Stuff...
Two colour polishes and a top coat
You can choose colours that compliment or go bold and pick two that clash. Experiment with different combinations and see what works.

Ombre Nails Tutorial

A sponge, a plastic sheet and toothpicks
I bought a big bathroom sponge and I just cut sections off when I need them. The sections don't have to be perfectly cut, as long as one side is flat it will work. You can use absolutely any sponge - a make-up sponge, washing up sponge or any other kind of sponge you can find.

If you don't have any of these plastic wallets in the house, raid the kitchen cupboards for some foil or baking paper.

Ombre Nails Tutorial


The Fun Part...
Step 1
Using the lightest of the two colours, paint your nails and wait for it to dry completely.

Ombre Nails Nail Art Tutorial


Step 2
On a flat surface, paint a generous amount of the colours right next to each other on to the plastic. Make sure they're just about touching at the edges.

Ombre Nails Nail Art Tutorial


Step 3
 Using a toothpick, swirl the two colours together where they meet. The area where they mix will determine the length of the graduation. So if you want a long graduation, mix a bigger section of the colours, if you want less of a fade, just mix them together a tiny bit.

Ombre Nails Nail Art Tutorial


Step 4
Take your sponge and dab it directly down on to the polish a few times.

Ombre Nails Nail Art Tutorial


Step 5
Dab the sponge directly down on to your nail. Keep dabbing lightly and moving it very slightly up and down your nail.


You can repeat this step as many times as you need to. Just make sure each layer is completely dry before sponging again otherwise you will start smudging the underneath layers and ruin the whole thing.

Ombre Nails Nail Art Tutorial


Step 6
Add a topcoat. Or two or three! The sponging makes this mani very bumpy so you may need a couple of topcoats just to even out the surface.

Ombre Nails Nail Art Tutorial


Step 7
Clean up all the excess using a brush dipped in acetone or polish remover. I use a q-tip dipped in remover for the big bits I can reach on my skin, then a small brush in pure acetone as I get closer to my nail and to make a crisp line near the cuticles.

Ombre Nails Nail Art Tutorial

All finished!

Ombre Nails Nail Art Tutorial

Gradient Nail Art Tutorial


245 comments :

  1. Definitly going to try this out :)

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  2. I´ll try to do it! love it!

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  3. I wish I had seen this post earlier. My nail sponging mani today did not turn out as nice.... lol, okay, no where close to as nice LOL!

    Great tutorial! love it!

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  4. I was wondering if this technique really worked. Now I see it's perfect for gradients made with crémes.
    Awesome tutorial!
    Sophia

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  5. Thank you for this! Love it so much!

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  6. Wow! I've been wondering how to do this for ages lol thanks!

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  7. I did a mani using this technique a few days ago, but painted the polish directly onto the sponge; worked just as well. As always, I love your nails! Such a cute look!

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  8. This is a great tutorial. This is SO much easier than trying to do it one color at a time.

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  9. I tried to do the gradient technique where you paint directly on a makeup sponge, but the colors wouldn't bleed, they just looked like lines! Blending the colors first and then sponging is an excellent idea! Thanks for the fool-proof tutorial!

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    1. You just slightly overlap the polishes when painting onto the sponge....well that is what works for me. I have found a makeup Singer works best as long as they absorb the nail Polish somewhat

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  10. niceeeeeeee!! U got ur own websiteeeee! Any idea how much storage does google give for this site?

    I hav seen many sponging mani tuts..but this is by far the most easiest!!!!!

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  11. Great tutorial....looks like this is a fool-proof way to do it!

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  12. Love these! Great tutorial, I will definitely try this method next time I go for sponging.

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  13. Oo, nice and easy! I like it. I'll probably give it a go in the near future.

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  14. That's realy nice!
    Bjos!
    amonailart.blogspot.com

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  15. Fantastic tutorial! I can't wait to try it!

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  16. Great tutorial, thamk you so much! I'll definetly try it :)

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  17. Thanks for the tutorial... love it

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  18. Excellent tutorial!!! Thanks, I love it :)

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  19. I forgot to ask you, have you tried using a foundation wedge? I used to sponge using a wedge but now it dawns on me that maybe it'll absorb too much polish...

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    1. I read somewhere that if you soak the foundation wedge in water a little bit, it will prevent the nail polish from soaking in too much.

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  20. Thank you for this great tutorial!

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  21. Adorable, and wonderful tutorial! Thanks for the cleanup steps, too. And congrats on your new URL. I did mine through Go Daddy in January, and it was super easy.

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  22. Very very beautiful, it's like 10 pieces of art. Gorgeous color choice too!

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  23. Thanks! This looks much easier than other methods!

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  24. Thanks for the tutorial, you've really clarified this process for me! And congratulations on your domain, that's exciting! :D

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  25. awesome technique! thanks for the tutorial!

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  26. Great tutorial Sammy, will definitely try this!

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  27. Great tutorial! Thanks, I love it!

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  28. love this, im definitely going to try this out.

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  29. That's a really great tutorial, thank you so much. :)
    I tried sponging with dark colours, and man, was that a challenge to do the clean up afterwards! :D

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  30. wow this is perfect tutorial :-)

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  31. I love you for posting this! I'm SO going to have to try this!!

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  32. Thanks for the tip with removing pesky polish from cuticles. Always get them caked in polish as a q tip just wont do

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  33. Great tutorial and congrats on the domain! I did it just a few months ago.

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  34. I love this, thanks for the tutorial, it looks amazing and I actually like the really small dots that the sponge leaves on nail, looks so cool!

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  35. thank you so very much for this tutorial!!! it seems so easy to do and I can't wait to try it out!!!

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  36. This is awesome, can't wait to try it!!

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  37. Whoah! I never thought of doing it this way!! This is so cool! Thanks! :)

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  38. love this technique, thank you for the tutorial! Oh and love that the ring finger polish is the other way round to the others :p x x x

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  39. I think I'll try this soon, I saw it on other blogs and I liked its soft final effect :>

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  40. How do you shape your nails?

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  41. this is a much easier way than any other way that I have tried! thanks for sharing!

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  42. I can't wait to try this. Thanks so much for creating this awesome tutorial!

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  43. You make it look soo easy! I'll have to try it...thanks for sharing!

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  44. great tutorial!! thank you ill have to try it

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  45. Awesome tutorial!!! Going to try this!! :D

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  46. Thanks for the tutorial! I will definitely try this soon!

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  47. Your nails looked just beautiful!!!!! Loved the colors you picked! Personally, I have tried sponging my nails at many different times. I cannot figure out what I am doing wrong, but the polish just will not transfer from sponge directly to my nail!I just adore this look, and really, really wish I could figure out what I am doing wrong!! I have tried using more polish....then tried using less. I just can't GET IT!! If you have any idea what my problem could possibly be, I surely would appreciate it~! Cindy

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    1. I had the same issue. I read on this thread that one could soak up the sponge with a little water, so that the sponge doesn't absorb too much of the nailpolish. I ll try this tonight and let you know. Fabienne

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    2. Did it work?
      I had the same problem you both had and I still can't figure it out!
      Thanks for the info!
      Giovanna

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  48. Fantastic tutorial! Thanks for posting this :)

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  49. Great tutorial. I love the sponge gradient. I also paint directly on the sponge and use a cocktail stick to blend on the sponge.

    BTW which brush do you use for the clean up around the naild bed? I am from the UK so would love to know where you got it. Thanks

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  50. Ahhh so pretty!! I'm definitely going to try this myself... Thanks for sharing!

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  51. Magnific tutorial!
    I do the gradients with the polish' brush directly in the nail, and is a good way to make this, is like the 'dry brush' art technic, I paint my canvases by this way too ( sorry for my very bad explain in english LOL ).

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  52. Thanks for sharing so much good ideas!

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  53. Love it... Thanks for the informative post :)

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  54. Super duper tutorial, I will try this way of doing a gradient for sure! I love gradients :)

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  55. Awesome tutorial, I can't wait to try this. Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  56. A great tutorial! Thank you so much.
    I think I can do now (with your tutorial) my first gradient mani that looks GOOD!
    I just never get it the last times I've tried.

    Does anyone think this will work with three colors, too?


    Lala

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  57. I just did it with the new Essie Poppy Razzi colors and I love it! I used Action as the base, then added Camera next then Lights on the tips. Looks exactly like one of those cherry pineapple popsicles.

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  58. Can't wait to try this out! Thanks!

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  59. New follower :)
    Gorgeous!! Beautiful colours too :)
    I've emailed my blog link I'd love if you would check it out :) xxx

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  60. thanks for tutorial...nice technique <3

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  61. i never done this technique, but will definitely try it next time :-D

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  62. Very good tutorial!thanks!

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  63. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Definitely going to try this tutorial! Ive done a ton of gradients but not like this, this way totally makes it look much better! THANKS!

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  64. this is awesome! I've already seen some tutorials..but this is the best so far!
    Great! :)

    xoxo

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  65. I agree with fashion addicted! Excellent tutorial!

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  66. Gracias por la explicación. Me encanta.

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  67. this is a fantastic tutorial and this method is actually a bit quicker than the previous one i was using.

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  68. Ow that's a good idea! Blending the color before adding them to the sponge! Great tutorial! Thanks a lot!

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  69. great tutorial! thanx a lot! i'll try it asap!!!

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  70. Im going crazy with this gradient/ombre nails!! The colors look so lovely too - definitely trying these!! Wow

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  71. Do you continue to use the same sponge for each nail? This is really beautiful!

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  72. Gorgeous! I will have to try this technique. I've been just painting the colors directly on the sponge instead of swirling them on plastic first. Must try :)

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  73. Great tutorial, i definitely see where i have been going wrong with my gradients. the transition always seemed so harsh, this makes them look perfect!!

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  74. great tutorial, will definitely give this a try! thank you~~

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  75. Thanks a million for this tutorial.
    I was just wondering if this would work under UV light with Shellac or gel? Thank you for your time and devotionXXX

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  76. Great tutorial! I'm going to try this for a birthday party this Saturday :)

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  77. Add a light glitter on top of this look too!

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  78. where can i get a brush like you used to remove nail polish from your cuticle? (online)

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  79. Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  80. I'm sure you're getting tired of hearing it, but I just tried this technique after seeing how beautifully it worked for you, and it's AMAZING! I used Zoya Arizona and Lara, and used a makeup sponge for 2 light coats, and it looks like the sun setting on my nails! Thanks so much for putting this out there!

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  81. That is freaking brilliant! Loveeeeee the results!!

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  82. I tried doing a gradient by just putting the polish directly onto the sponge, but this seems like it would work much better! Can't wait to try it this way!

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  83. Sammy! You are an F-ing GENIUS! I love gradient on my tips and so does my Hubby. Oh the hours I have have wasted to get it perfect! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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  84. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I have been tring to figure out how to do these for ever.

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  85. I've just used this technique for 3 colours (did all nails in random rainbow as a test) then went back and did all nails in yellow, orange and pink creme...they look like sunsets. And I used a make up sponge to make it finer. What an awesome way of doing a gradient!!!

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  86. This is genius! I'm going to try it right now.

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  87. WooooW

    this is really amazing..

    I am seeing those gradient nails everywhere

    now I'm so excited to try this out when I'm back home.. hope it will turn cute as your

    thaaanks ^.^

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  88. o.o
    Thank you so much for that tutorial, I've always wanted to try gradient nails like that! Amazingly detailed :)

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  89. Love this gradient technique!! I have to try!! thanks so much for sharing!

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  90. i dont have a makeup sponge what can i use instead?

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  91. B-E-A-utiful! Thanks:)

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  92. I love it! Thanks for sharing! I'm gonna try! I hope it gets as beautiful as yours! :D

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  93. Wow yours look incredible! Ive seen this tried so many times and I think yours is the most beautiful I've ever seen! Will definitely try!

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  94. Amazing, thank you! When My nails grow out again I'm going to try this. I and cutting them all down after tomorrow (End of the 31 day challenge) and giving them some extra loving care because they need it after all that!

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  95. I ALWAYS WANTED TO TRY THIS BUT FAILED. THANK YOU FOR EASY AND STEP BY STEP EXPLAINED TUTORIAL. IT LOOKS PROFESIONALLY DONE!!!

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  96. Do u ever think of using cello tape round the edges? :)
    Must say nice 2 c a fellow nail arter do so well go u x

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  97. Thanks, great tutorial! Will try it some time!

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  98. This tutorial is awesome!

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  99. http://things-about.blogspot.pt/2012/05/about-nailsgradient.html
    I hope you like it! ;)
    big kiss

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  100. I just tried this awesome Tutorial, it works so good and it looks even good.

    I wrote a post about your tutorial and used some pictures of you (with your copyright and a note that these pictures are your own)

    I'll try more tutorials from you.

    You're great and I like your blog.

    xoxo Jayjay

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  101. Great! I've done gradients but this method is so fool proof.

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  102. Love this...one of the best tutorials I've seen! Hopefully I can recreate something like this and it not look ratchet! LOL

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  103. thanks so much for the idea with the brush!!! very helpful

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  104. Wow.. this is amazing! :D

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  105. great tutorial. i might have to try this technique ;)

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  106. I've seen sooooo many link backs to this tutorial. :) It's become legen . . . wait for it . . . I hope your not lactose intolerant . . . DARY! :) Good job! I, on the other hand (no pun intended), can't seem to perfect it because, I'm a putz. But, some day! :)

    *bookmarked

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  107. thank you so muchh for tutorial......i really like and love it....

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  108. Very nice!! Thanks!!!!

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  109. I've seen this before with using an eyeshadow sponge. Basically, the person just painted 3/4 of their nails one colour, did the same in a different colour for the other end, then blotted with the sponge. This seems a lot better!! I will certainly be trying it out!

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  110. Hey, I love this manicure. I did it too at last week. If you want you can watch it here:
    http://craptrashvilaga.blogspot.hu/2012/05/szivacsos-technika-i-step-by-step.html

    I love it, but yours awesome!

    Have a nice day!

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  111. She took your pics for her blog:
    http://every-d-a-y-stuff.blogspot.de/2012/05/ombre-nails.html#comment-form

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  112. Love your gradient... it's my fav mani. I have a warning to all doing nails tho.. the fumes from the polishes, removers and ESPECIALLY acetone are harmful and can cause cancer. I never see any safety notes on anyones blogs. With all the interest in nails and people doing them daily, I just felt it was my duty to mention this. I know people who have gotten lung cancer from a lot of exposure. ALL YOU NEED TO DO is use a small fan.. not blow it ON you but aimed away to take away the fumes. Hopefully near a larger area. Now I am off to try your easiest ever gradient!
    Thanks so much!

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  113. Such a fantastic tutorial, thanks for taking the time to show your expertise :) It looks gorgeous, I'm going to try it tomorrow - if it looks any good I'll post it on my blog lol. Thanks again

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  114. Great tutorial! And the final pic look fabulous :-) I've heard it's possible to use vaseline to protect the skin around the nails so that cleaning up is easier afterwards.

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  115. Awesome tutorial! Never managed to do a decent ombre manicure until I came across this. Thanks a ton! (Did a result post in my blog and linked this tutorial there, hope you don't mind ;))

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  116. Can you do a video about this? I've tried about 3 different times to do the ombre nails and I just can't seem to get it. I use your techniques and it's not working out.... I love how these nails look. They are beautiful.

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  117. Love your tutorial, thank you!

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  118. YOU ARE A GENIUS!!!!!!!!!! TY!!

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  120. I like it and i wanna try it as soon as possible!! :)

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  121. I will def try this! I just started a nail polish/misc. blog. Check it out! loveforfancythings.blogspot.com

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  122. lovely !!!!

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  123. Jasmine Reyez15 June 2012 21:51

    Did you apply fake nails first??

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  124. I always try this and its so great to know the RIGHT way to do this. Thank you, you really are talented!

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  125. OH MY GOSH! This is the cutest thing ever!!!

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  126. I saw someone over the weekend who had ombre nails and they used a Magic Eraser to do it. Have you heard about that at all? It wasn't something I would expect someone to use but her nails looked awesome.

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  127. I tried it several times, but I never get the surface so flat. It´s always a little bumpy :-(

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  128. Thank you, thank you! I knew I was missing something (or a lot of somethings!)

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  129. I've wanted to try gradients for a while but was scared to! Thanks to your post I've realised it's not as scary as I thought and I'll definitely be giving it a go in the very near future! Thank you! :) x

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  130. Thanks for the tutorial! Gorgeous! I will use your tip on the nail brush dipped in acetone for a crisp, clean edge around my cuticles from now on! (Why didn't I think of that??)

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  131. This is so cool, thanks for the tutorial. I'm going to try this out with my sister and my mom. We'll see how it turns out.

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  132. by far the BEST gradient tutorial I have found. I tried it and it came out great! I got so many compliments thanks so much for this tutorial! :)

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  133. You are the best teacher for me ;)) thanks for great tutorial

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  134. I don't know if you have an Instagram but this tutorial was taken and but on there without your credit!

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  135. Wow, this looks great! Thanks for this tutorial,
    I'll try this out later :) Anna

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  136. The best gradient tutorial I've ever seen. Thank you so very much :)

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  137. Tired it tonight...late and a teensy bit drunk, and it still worked! Thanx so much!

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  138. if you put petroleum jelly all around each nail before starting messy nail polish techniques, the clean up is much easier and neater.

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  139. Soooo have to try this!!! Thanks for this clear tutorial!

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  140. Thank you so much! I'll e-mail you the links to the photos I've posted on facebook. Marvellous technique! Hugs!

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  142. What you think about this new sheer lacquers by american apparel?
    http://store.americanapparel.net/nailpoliss.html
    They're used to make gradients but since they're so expensive in my country, about 20 dls each, i decided i'd look for some other cheaper ways to get the same effect, and it turns out there's lots of tutorials on the net. Then, why get them at a price so high if you can diy.
    Or what is the difference? This looks pretty much the same stuff, anyone knows what's their benefit? Would you get them or you thinks it's a waste of money?

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  143. WOW!! Awesome tutorial!! first tiem I seen mixing the colors first and THEN adding it to the sponge. That's so smart! Cant wait to try this!!!!!

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  144. If only I could .love these nails

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  145. this is awesome! i did this and it looks great. i shared you on my blog! all your designs are amazing!

    http://iamfearless1.blogspot.com/

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  146. ahh i'm sorry, i didn't see your little message until after i had posted my comment. sorry about the link. but i really do love your stuff ~

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  147. Just followed your steps with the same colours! It got so beautiful!! ♥

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  148. wow love this beautiful colours

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  149. Awesome! Thank you so Much for your Help! I loved it! :)

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  150. I love you tip about making a trip to the bathroom before starting. It's always step number one when I do my nails! Haha.

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  151. Could you tell me more about the brush you're using to clean the cuticles afterwards??

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  152. this is awesome! but i suggest to not dab the sponge too much, as your nails will be all weirdly textured no matter how many top coats you put on lol.

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  153. Thanks for the tutorial! Love the look of these

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  154. Absolutely gorgeous!
    Thanks for the tutorial... I'll try this some day!
    To clean the cuticles afterwards I use a more precise tool... I roll a little bit of cotton on the tip of the toothpick and dip it into to the polish remover... it's very practical because you don't clean whatn you don'twant to... and with a brush like this, I think there's a bigger risk of slipping to the corner and messing up the art!
    Anyway, thanks for the tutorial, it's great!

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  155. That looks super cool and easy enough to try!!! :) Thank you for posting the tutorial! :)

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  156. Hello!

    I used your tutorial to recreate this mani a while ago, here's the link to my mani: http://christinaalexia.blogspot.com/2012/05/gradient-mani-nude-and-pink.html

    Thank you for posting this tutorial :) it was really easy to follow!

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  157. omg love it!!! Also great tip for cleaning up the cuticles, mine always look horrible. lol

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  158. Love this :)
    hugs

    P.s Im a new follower :)

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  159. I saw your tutorial and did it right away! It is so easy and looks so cute! Thanks so much!

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  160. This looks great and easy! I think I'm finally gonna try gradient nails :)

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  161. This tutorial made it to facebook and the person posting it did not gove credit to you, just took the pics and acts like it's theirs. just wanted you to know.

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  162. i'll do it! thank you for your tutorial. it made the whole thing easier.

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  163. This was great! Thanks! BTW, can you remove nail varnish from the sponge?
    Adrienne x

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  164. fantastic !! great tutorial.Will be having a try myself didn't know it was so easy to do. :)

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  165. Hey just a heads up - http://styleblazer.com/69723/diy-hot-ombre-nails-in-7-easy-steps-try-this-at-home/6/ is stealing your photos and not giving you credit :(

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  166. BEST gradient tutorial! All the others I've seen aren't as detailed and/or the gradients aren't so gradient-y. I have yet to try it, I need some new polish and sponges first!

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  167. This is so awesome!
    I tried every tutorial but nothing helped me as much as yours
    ;)

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  168. Thanks for the tute! I like the way one of your nails is the opposite of the rest. :)

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  169. i've seen other videos they tape the fingers instead of having to remove polish off fingers afterwards. Just remove the tape.

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  170. amazing, i am going to do just that:) off to get the new metallic essies:) cheers lady

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  171. Well this explains how to do gradient nails better than any other tutorial I have read or watched! MUST WAIT FOR NAILS TO DRY BETWEEN SPONGE APPLICATIONS! :D

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  172. Great tutorial, I'm going to try this.

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  173. This is a very clear and concise tutorial! I'm trying this immediately...

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  174. Ended up here after reading a tutorial that recommended creating a gradient by blending the colors (while on the nail) with the end of an orange stick. Needless to say, that does NOT work.


    THIS does. Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  175. That is so awesome! Gonna have to try this this weekend! Thanks a bunch!

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  176. I love this, going to do it over the weekend!

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  177. Beautiful! I came across these while searching for "ombre" nails because I didn't know what the heck they were. Painted mine tonight like these in two shades of pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month! P.S. I also saw that someone posted your pictures and didn't appear to give you credit. >> http://theposhknot.com/blog/?p=322

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    1. I notified them of this but they probably won't allow my comment to be posted. Pffffft.

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    2. i notified them too as i found another blog with these photos on tonight and they deleted my comment!

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