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.
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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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