Sunday, June 22, 2014

Blurple Syrup Gradient with Polka Dots (and a Bonus Manicure)

This morning I had to bust out some nail art very quickly, but still wanted to do something cute and somewhat impressive looking. I turned to the syrup gradient technique, which provides a nice looking gradient in a short amount of time. It is even more convincing if you put something over the top of it, like a glitter or some polka dots.

I used three polishes in this nail art:
Jin Soon - Cool Blue
China Glaze - Are You Jelly
Essie - Blanc

For those of you unfamiliar with the syrup gradient technique, it involves taking a sheer polish and using it to gradually build up opacity on the nail. The layers begin about 3/4 of the way down the nail and get shorter and shorter, creating the appearance of a gradient.

I used my smallest dotting tool to add the white polka dot pattern.

I also did a similar manicure a while ago using China Glaze Shell-o as the gradient polish. As you can see, it was before I changed my nail shape!



  1. The all over color of that gradient is gorgeous, and the white dots finish off the design. Thank you for the wonderful photos!

  2. Виктория АртамоноваJune 22, 2014 at 11:43 PM I've invented the wheel recently )) did this gradient with Picture Polish Shy Violet. OK now I know there's a name for it! :)

  3. I love that colour combo! I just wish I had more jelly polishes so I could do this all the time because sponge gradients just never seem to be my forte LOL

  4. Soo pretty! The effect looks like from a thermal polish which I really like ^-^

  5. Blue and purple.. Beautiful combo :)

  6. i'd like to make the same manicure!:))) thanx for ideas!

  7. Love it! I will be attempting this haha


  8. Very cool! I've never done a "syrup gradient" before...I do "messy gradients" but never with a jelly or sheer shade! I'll need to try this asap!

  9. I like this! And syrup like gradients are a very cool version of the regular ones :)

  10. What is the second color you used with Shello? I love this mani and the colors on both!

  11. Hmm I don't remember off the top of my head! Maybe OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons?


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