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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Bandana Gradient Nails

Hello everyone! Are you ready to see some stamping from me? Cause I'm not so sure, haha. I had such grand plans for this manicure, but did hit a couple of bumps along the way...


I intended for these nails to look like a bandana, if you didn't read the post title. The gradient that I did for the base of these nails looked super awesome, I probably should have taken pics of it before I stamped over it (oops).

I started with a base of OPI Manicurist of Seville. Then using this tutorial, I sponged on L'Oreal Haute Couture, a vampy blackened burgundy jelly.



I stamped on the design using Konad Special Polish White and the Shany plate SH20. I really like this image, the big flower in the middle is really pretty and I love the little dotty bits that fill in the empty spaces on the design.

Some of my stamp jobs were imperfect, and I tried to remedy them by freehanding on the pieces that didn't transfer to my nail. It wasn't a foolproof solution, but at least the image looked complete!


What do you think? It kinda looks like a bandana, right? I am curious to see what this might have looked like if I had stamped with black instead of white. It might have looked less like a bandana, but the black would have partially faded into the darker side of the gradient, which could have looked cool!


Stamping is definitely an area where I could improve a bit. I don't do it very often; I usually choose to freehand. I see so many ladies do incredible things with stamping, though, that it makes me want to do it more! I think I would like to start incorporating more stamping into my nail art routines.

Some of the products in this post were sent to me by the manufacturer or their PR.

37 comments:

  1. This nail art has become very beautiful you

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  2. I think it turned out amazing! It does look like a bandana :D

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  3. I love this and the gradient is gorgeous!

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  4. You do the best nails!

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  5. love the gradient and it does look like a bandana pattern!

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  6. Great idea! I think you did a great job at making it look like a bandana.

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  7. The gradient is so pretty!

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  8. I think it looks great! The gradient under the stamp is lovely! I love it that you fill in the bits that don't transfer properly, I do that all the time too :)

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  9. love it I never can do 10 nails the same with the plates

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  10. I am beyond in love with this mani! Beautifully done, girl! :)

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  11. I love it!! Def need to get me some plates and stamping gear

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  12. It's great!! I love the white overtop of the design, too:)

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  13. love it - you may think you need to improve, but this will look pretty muchg perfect to everybody xxx

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  14. These would be cute for a biker weekend since it looks like a bandana. :)

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  15. completely see the bandana! It looks awesome :)

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  16. I think this was successful, I totally see the bandana! Looks great to me, though you should try your next stamping with the black over a dark gradient, just to see how it goes :) So we can see too ;P

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  17. This looks amazing! Very well done!

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  18. Wow, the gradient color is totally awesome :D!
    I'm a fan of those bandanas so I like the stamping as well ;D.

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  19. This looks really amazing! I love the gradient! :)

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  20. I just love this manicure! The colors you chose go so well together and I also like the pattern you stamped on top!

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  21. I used this same pattern a few weeks ago to create and abstracted layering with Color Club green's. I think this stamp is lovely. Not quite like a bandana but very cute. I love the gradient as well!

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  22. Girl, I don't know where you see flaws in this manicure but there aren't any in my opinion! GORGEOUS!

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  23. omg! awsome design, color and nails!!!

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  24. super cute! I would love to see more stamping from you sarah!

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