Man! Time is just flying by! I wanted to do something different this go-around, so I thought I'd try a gradient, sponging design. Basically, you grab a few polishes that are different shades of the same color. You can start with the darkest color or the lightest color, and then you stamp on the other colors over it to get a somewhat blended gradient of color and your nail should look like the colors fade into one other. Or, that's my impression of this look at least. I started with OPI 'Mod About You'. First time I've used this color, and I really like it! I think it's going to be a color I'm going to get a lot of use out of because it's work appropriate and since I will soon be working out of my company's main office, it will probably come in handy!
I then used the corner of a makeup wedge to stamp on OPI 'Princess' Rule'. You can't even see it in the pictures, and quite honestly, this polish could have been eliminated from this look completely. All it contributes is a very subtle "glow" from underneath the next two layers of polish. The third color I used was OPI 'Strawberry Margarita'. The last color I sponged with is OPI 'Too Hot Pink To Hold 'Em'.
When all was said and done, I really like how this ended up looking. Maybe not the perfect gradient, but I think it looks cool none-the-less! I'll update with the name of the third polish tonight!
|Before cleanup - you can see how the sponging can get on the areas around your nail|
|Taking pictures in the direct sunlight makes my cuticles look horrible and macro doesn't help. I wasn't going to use this picture, but the color looks awesome!|