Today's nails were born out of another group mani challenge...gradients! Make sure to check out the end of the post to see the Inlinkz collection featuring everyone who participated.
As you obviously know, gradients are majorly popular right now -- mainly thanks to The Nailasaurus' fabulous tutorial! If you haven't read it yet, you MUST. It makes gradients a breeze, and they look so smooth and airbrushed when you're done.
The blue color is Essie Bikini So Teeny, which is a new Essie Summer color. It's a lovely cornflower periwinkle blue and it has a super faint glimmer to it (just barely though). The purple is Essie Play Date, which is relatively new as well. It's a vibrant lilac purple.
The white maze designs were freehanded on using a small striper brush and Essie Blanc, a white creme. It was surprisingly pigmented!
The accent nail was created just by painting on a thick blue stripe down the middle of the nail with the polish brush. Then, I added a thinner purple stripe in the middle of the blue stripe. Easy!
I'm not sure where the inspiration for this design came from. I more or less just started painting a design on top of my finished gradient and this is what I ended up with. I'm so into it though, to me it seems vaguely Aztec but with a modern twist.
If these colors look familiar to you, it may be because they are my blog design colors! It wasn't until after I finished this manicure that I realized that. Happy coincidence!
Truthfully, I haven't used many Essie polishes in the past, though not for any particular reason. I really enjoyed working with them on this manicure. The formula was nice and the shades are beautiful.
I hope you enjoyed this super fun Friday manicure... you can bet that I currently am!