Today's challenge theme was gradient! I decided to do an ombre gradient between the five nails on one hand, because I had done the gradient on the yellow day of the challenge already.
I only used one base color for this look: Sparrow Me the Drama from the OPI Pirates of the Caribbean Collection. It's a pretty pink - fairly standard but a little dustier than a regular Barbie pink.
|OPI Sparrow Me the Drama Ombre|
Whenever I'm doing my nails I always put down a sheet of wax paper, because the table I work at is super nice! The wax paper seems to do well with spills and stuff.
Supplies I used:
- Wax paper
- Paint palette
- Brush from an empty bottle that has been cleaned off with acetone and dried thoroughly
- Paper towels or cotton pads (be careful though, the cotton fuzzies can sneak into your mani if you aren't vigilant)
- Base color (Sparrow Me the Drama)
- Mix-ins in black and white (China Glaze Liquid Leather and White On White)
OKAY! Let's begin.
Start by painting your nails with your base coat. I tried out CND Stickey for the first time for this mani! Let dry.
Add your base color to the nail on your middle finger. Do both hands at the same time.
Pour some of the base color into one of the wells on your palette. I started going in the darker direction first by adding ONE DROP of the black to your color. The color will get darker very quickly so start with one drop and see if you like it from there. Mix with your extra brush, and paint onto the nails next to your middle finger. Make sure to do your other hand, too!
Repeat by adding another drop or so of the black polish, and paint onto the next nails on your hand.
Clean your brush off with some acetone, as we are going to be going lighter now.
Fill another palette well with some of your base color. I found that you need a lot more white to make the color lighter than you needed black to make it darker. Mix in white until you are happy with the color, and paint on the other nail next to your middle finger. (Do both hands. Just sayin'!) Repeat by adding more white to your already-mixed-mixture and paint on your final finger.
Top with topcoat of choice!
On a sort of related note (you'll see where I'm going with this in a second), I found the Wet N Wild On the Prowl collection yesterday! It's a semi hard to find limited edition Halloween collection. I found mine in CVS, but it's tricky, because each individual store can choose whether or not they want to carry it, as well as when they want to set it out. It can get super frustrating to find!
Because I was so excited about it, I wanted to try out Tangled In My Web, a black hex glitter polish. I thought putting it over an ombre was a great way to give you guys 5 different swatches of it, too!
|Ombre with Wet N Wild Tangled In My Web (no topcoat)|
Hope you enjoyed!