NOTD: Sponged rainbow gradient

Man am I loving Pinterest! It’s such a wonderful way to keep track of amazing nail stuff I want to try.

I had three potential ideas in mind for a manicure that I just couldn’t decide on: girly, badass, and geeky. I found a website that does “this or that” style choosing and the winner was girly! My girly idea was inspired by this pin on Pinterest. I really liked the subtle gradient look and it looked like an easy way to get good art on my right hand since I’m a righty. I love how it turned out but I feel sort of like a dyed Easter egg!! If only I’d tried this out last weekend, but oh well.

This was actually a bit more difficult than I’d anticipated. I think part of my problem was the polish I used which were quite thin and part of the problem was that I didn’t topcoat my base color and some of it came off with the sponging. I ended up with some slight texturing when I finished sponging but it evened out a bit with topcoat. Check out the difference between no topcoat (first picture) and with topcoat (second picture). I didn’t use my usual topcoat, I wanted to get rid of some older stuff I got from my mom and it was kind of thin, so it’s not as smooth as I might have gotten with a thicker topcoat.

Without topcoat

With topcoat

I’m quite happy with how my thumb turned out, which is surprising since it was the first nail I did. I’m also happy with how some nails have more of a certain part of the rainbow–my ring finger is more purple/blue/green and my pinky is more red/orange/yellow.

  • Sally Hansen Whirlwind White
  • Claire’s rainbow set

What do you think of this method? Have you tried it yet? Any tips would be appreciated!

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