Friday, May 25, 2012

DIY: Gradient nail art for short nails

I haven't been posting any nail art tutorials lately. I broke a nail! * gaspity gasp*

So I’ve been casually going about my way with my stumpy fingernails. I’m not used to short nails but there’s no reason to be embarrassed about them! In fact, this tutorial will show you how to make your short nails appear longer. It’s super easy, fun and you don’t even need any special tools for it!

First things first, you are going to need the following for this do-it-yourself gradient nail art:

1. Base coat – I recommend that you use a base coat to keep your nails from getting stained. You are going to need a dark base color for this nail art so make sure that you use a base coat.

2. Top coat – any shiny top coat will do. This will protect your nail art from chipping. It will also smooth out the edges of your layers, which I will explain later.

3. Dark nail polish – choose the darkest nail color that you have.

4. Sheer nail polish – choose a color that somewhat belongs to the same color scheme of your dark base color and make sure that it doesn’t apply too opaque. Since my base color is deep purple, I opted to go with this electric blue color.

5. Glitter nail polish – now, this is completely optional. You can just go with two gradient colors but I find that this adds a little glam to this nail art.

Okay, now that you have everything set, it’s time to make your very own super stylish gradient nail art! Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make this DIY project:

1. As always, apply base coat to your nails and let them dry. It shouldn’t take too long—probably just a few seconds.

2. Once the base coat has dried, paint your nails a solid dark base color. Again, let it dry. This is important!

3. Okay. Time to create the gradient effect! Grab your sheer nail color and wipe off majority of the color from the brush on the rim of the bottle and paint your nails about two-thirds of the way. Leave the bottom one-third part as is. Don’t worry if the color is barely showing. Do this for every fingernail before moving onto the next step.

4. Once you’ve painted each of your fingernails two-thirds of the way, go over them once again but this time, paint your nails only halfway through. You may notice that edges of the layers are a bit obvious but don’t worry about that.

5. Get your glitter polish and paint the upper one-third of your nails. Be liberal with it! Make sure that the top gradient really stands out.

6. To make the edges blend together, simply add a top coat before the layers dry.

And you’re done! This nail art gives the illusion of longer, more fabulous nails. It’s super easy but totally looks professionally done. Give this one a go and good luck!

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  1. nice! finally! gradient nails tutorial for short nails! thaaaank you!

  2. lovely effect! please check out my latest post on fun nail art :)

  3. Thank you, dearies! Sorry I wasn't able to reply to you individually. Next time! (:

  4. This is so pretty! Turned out a little better than mine :P Gradient nail tutorial was one of the first posts i ever did on my blog! I'd love for you to check it out :)

    Sophie xx

    1. Thank you, dear! I'll go check out your blog. (:

  5. I love this radiant design.i will love to try these one day,.Body painting


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