August 29, 2014

Crossing Lines

This double gradient design is easier than it appears.  The hardest part is placing all the striping tape, so if you can manage that, then you can do this.  Since the patterns are a bit crazy, I kept the colors neutral. 

This would probably look great in black and white too, but you can use any colors.  You just have to be sure your light color is opaque enough to show up over the darker color.

Nail Polish
Polish Used:
  • Ulta - On Taupe of the World
  • Ulta - Mud Pie
Other Supplies:
  • Nail striping tape
  • Makeup sponge
  • Base and top coats

After painting the first gradient, I did the second gradient one nail at a time.  It is easier to maneuver around all the nail tape that way.  You can also put tape on all the nails first and do the reverse gradients all at once.  It just depends on your preference.  To create this look:
  1. Apply a base coat in the lighter color, here, On Taupe of the World.
    Taupe Base Color
  2. Using a wet makeup sponge, create the gradient (see Sunset Dreams for more detailed instructions) with the darker color on the tips.
    Taupe Gradient
  3. Allow nails to dry completely and apply a clear top coat.
  4. Apply the nail tape in various patterns.
    Taped Nails
  5. Use a wet makeup sponge to apply another gradient, but reverse of what you did the first time, so the lighter color is on the tips now.  Try to line up the center of the gradients with the previous centers.
  6. Immediately remove all the tape.
Reverse Gradient Nails

Clean up around your nails with a nail art brush or q-tip dipped in acetone.  Some people like to wrap their fingers in tape in the beginning, so the polish goes on the tape instead of skin.  But to me, cleaning with acetone doesn't take any longer than applying tape.
Crossing Lines

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