Tuesday, May 28, 2013

this gradient is sunsational!

Hellooooooo lovelies, hope you are all swell.

I teased this post on my Instagram, and here is the finished product!

I love neon and I love gradients and I love leopard and I love pink & purple.
But you may notice I'm holding a blue bottle... Because I did this with a blue polish!

The blue polish from the new China Glaze Sunsational Collection is a super sheer jelly, and I said to myself, "self, do you think this would work for a layering gradient?"
And yes, it sure did!

To create this gradient effect, I did not use a sponge! I just used the polish brushes. Here's how you do it:

Start with a solid base - I used China Glaze - You Drive Me Coconuts, a neon barbie pink. (LOVE that name.)
You should let the base dry so you can easily paint on your gradient without smearing the color below.

To create the gradient, you use a jelly polish in successive coats to build up the color. I used China Glaze - Isle See You Later, a sheer blue.
You start your first coat close to the cuticle, and then the next coats start further and further up so that the color is most concentrated at the tip. 

The above photo gives a rough idea of where you should start your coats.
After doing the three coats, I added more jelly in short strokes where I felt I needed it to build up the color properly. It is easy to do this because the jelly is so sheer, it really blends well.

And don't forget your topcoat, that helps to blend the overall look.

I love it soooooo much and it was so easy. It only takes a couple of minutes!

And then of course I had to stamp over it with one of my favorite images! Konad Q1.

Why does my hand look extra claw-like in that photo? I don't know...
I am just smitten with this manicure. And now I can't wait to try this with some of the other colors from the collection!

I promise I'm working on swatches of the whole 12-piece set... I'm just taking my damn time because every time I put one on, I can't take it off!! They're amazing. F'reals.


  1. Wow so pretty! I love the gradient and the design on top is super cute

  2. I use this technique frequently when I'm blending glitters or jellies. It works like a charm!

  3. I don't know what I love more about this mani: the gradient or the stamp! These are gorgeous!

  4. Fab! love the colors and the stamping, simply beautiful!

  5. I love this gradient and the stamping!! i might have to go buy those colors to do this!!! Amazing job! :)

  6. i love how you did this gradient!

  7. I just adore this desing and colour combo!

  8. fun! I might revisit my jellies :)
    PS: I thought that was a skyscraper image when I took a first look :) cool :)

  9. This is gorgeous! :D Great idea for using a sheer jelly, which would otherwise cause much frustration to apply. I love the stamping you did on top of everything, so fierce!

  10. Absolutely love this design! They pop!

  11. You're so clever! I LOVE that stamp too =]

  12. OOOhhhhh I have all the elements to recreate this mani! I was a little disappointed about Isle see you later because is extremely sheer but after seeing this, I have to reconciliate with it! also this is a way to soften You Drive me coconuts because by itself it screams "see me, see me"

  13. Awesome technique! Thank you so much for sharing. I'll definitely have to try this out.

  14. This looks amazing! I can't wait to try it!

  15. I did something like this in august of last year, but I made mine a jelly sandwich! :)) you can check it out if youd like

  16. How many coats of you drive me coconuts did you have to put?