#31DC2015 010 // Gradient Nails

by - 9/10/2015

Today's GRADIENT nails are brought to you by neon polish, despite cloudy skies and buckets upon buckets of rain! It's seriously been a day of constant downpours and we definitely needed it. I've got a whole yard of yellow grass to prove it, too! Oh, and before we get into the photos, my pointer suffered some damage last night. I thought I had fixed it, but what you see is what I woke up to... one of the risks of polishing right before bed!

Neon Gradient Manicure

Gradient Nails

Gradient Nails

Gradient Mani

Polishes Used: 

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
3 Coats China Glaze RED-y To Rave
China Glaze Violet-Vibes
Orly On The Edge
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

I've been missing my brights and neons, so I thought it would be nice to do a gradient that channeled those summer nights when the sun goes down but the temps stay warm. I decided on RED-y To Rave early on, but I wasn't sure what I wanted to pair it with. As I was searching through my Helmer for neons, On the Edge and Violet-Vibes practically jumped out of my Helmer at the chance to join this manicure. 

Before I get into the specifics of exactly how I got what you see in the photos, (bum pointer and all!) I'd like to talk about the photos themselves. I'm actually thrilled with how my camera captured the neons. My nails and the bottles of polish are color accurate and everything, but my skin is another story! I don't know if it's the rainy day, the neon awesomeness, or both... but my skin is having serious vampire tendencies in these photos. So weird! 


After painting a base coat of RED-y To Rave, I sponged on the gradient with On the Edge at my cuticles, Violet-Vibes in the middle, and RED-y To Rave on my tips. Violet-Vibes definitely didn't show up as brightly as it does by painting, but it created a really cool effect. On The Edge went on a little easier, but that's not surprising considering how pigmented it is. 

Once my gradient was all set, I went over each nail with SinfulColors Clear Coat. Then, I topped everything off with a coat of Seche Vite. I was cleaning up and putting a few things away when a piece of dried nail polish fell onto my pointer. I got it off the nail and used another coat of Seche Vite, thinking it would all level out. Clearly, that didn't happen! It also added a weird texture to the nail, so the original coat of Seche Vite must not have been dry. It probably would've been better to just clean off the entire nail and start over again. But in my defense, I was a little more tired than usual, and I didn't really feel like doing that. Then add to that the fact that I usually mess up my other nails during the process... Night polishing equals living on the edge. (pun intended.) But I know for myself and other mamas, the only time to do what you want is when the kiddos are asleep! 

Tomorrow's prompt for the 31 Day Challenge is POLKA DOTS, so I'll be combining that with whatever I happen to pull for Fishbowl Friday 045... I'm crossing my fingers that it will be something that mixes nicely, but anything can happen! 


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