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Sunday, September 8, 2013

The gradient that wasn't

After my spectacular last post with the groovy rainbow gradient, I was all full of myself and figured I was the gradient master that could do no wrong.

Well, I was wrong.  It's actually much harder than it looks to get that nice fade from one color to another.  I got lucky with the pastels from last mani.  They aren't as dark and easy to spot the problems.

I decided I wanted to use the entire Zoya Cashmere set in one mani.  There are two reds, two browns a green and a blue.  So it was pretty easy in my mind to know which went with which.

As you read this post, I will be driving nine hours to my parents house for the start of my vacation.  I will have one more scheduled post after this one, but then there won't be any more for a bit.  I'm planning on doing my niece's nails several times, so there will be upcoming stuff on that, plus pictures from my vacation.  I cannot wait! I love to fish and hope to catch Moby Dick again like I did last year.  Cross your fingers for me!

On to the task at hand.  Here is the silly bottle shot.

This is Zoya Livingston, Pepper, Hunter, Sailor, Louise and Flynn.  The Cashmere set.

I started with a skittlette with the three lightest colors.  Here is that step.


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I love these types of colors.  So me.  Next I sponged on the darker colors, but didn't do as the tutorials said which is to mix the two colors together.  I just went for it with the darker color, figuring with my bravado, I could do no wrong.  Well again, I was wrong.  Here is that step.


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This is without topcoat.  I next added a huge stud to the base of my nails and did a thick layer of topcoat to keep them in place.  I actually have bigger ones than these! Here are the results.


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Indoor Sun

Indoor Sun


Close Up
I forgot to do the macro shot.  As you can see, there is a clear line of demarcation here.  I did not do a good job with the fade.  This is when I don't like gradients at all. I only like them when they are done well.  This is why I really haven't tried this until now.

Yes these studs are a pain and I only wore this for one day at work.  They are clunky, get in the way, and I popped one off the day I did this and had to topcoat it back on.  Maybe just one accent nail in the future would be better.  Who knows?

Wish me luck fishing!  I'll be gone technically from 9/8-9/18, but as I said earlier, I have one more scheduled post after this one.  If I get a chance, I may write a post or two while I'm up there, but not gonna make any promises!

Until next time people. Any thoughts out there?