My gradients are not the most polished, the colour change is abrupt, even so, it still looks awesome & practice makes perfect, right? You also need to get a feel for what polishes work best for this and what don't. I found that instant dry polishes are more difficult to blend, though it gives a cool sponged-on look that I like in it's own way.
There are many nail blogs that show how to create Gradient Nails. Some of the blogs that have tutorials that helped me out were The Nailasaurus, The Beauty Department, and Amber Did It. I tend to use multiple techniques depending on what works with the polish.
So, here's how to make Black & White Gradient Nail Art!
- Black Polish (I used Wet 'n Wild Black Creme)
- Gray Polish (I used NYC Sidewalkers)
- White Polish (I used Wet 'n Wild French White Creme)
- Top Coat (I used NYC Long-Wearing Glossy Top Coat)
- Make-Up Sponge (I bought this "flower" of make-up sponges at Forever 21. They are the perfect size for nail art.)
- Cardboard Piece
1. Paint your nails with your base colour. I chose White. Let this completely dry.
|Two Coats of Wet 'n Wild French White Creme|
5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 for each nail. I did this twice per nail to build-up the colours.
7. Now you can clean up around your nail & apply your top coat!
|This gradient reminds me of a rainy city day.|