Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Peach & Mint Vertical Gradient

Happy hump day everyone!

I hope all is well at your end of the world. I have a four day weekend ahead of me and I cannot wait to have some free time to relax and do the things I love, because those last weeks have been exhausting. My nails even have been naked the last three days *shocker*, just because I was too tired to paint them after work. So the first thing I am going to do tomorrow morning is painting my nails. I always find it weird when I don't have any color on my nails, it feels like something is missing.

Anyways, you may or may not know that gradients are one of my favorite nail art techniques. Mostly because they just look great, but also because they're so easy to achieve. To get some variation into the theme, I tried doing a vertical instead of horizontal gradient. To go with the season, I picked China Glaze's Keep Calm, Paint On and Mimosa's Before Mani's (nope, I am not bad at grammar, but that is how it's written on the label! ;) ) from their Avant Garden collection.

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To make the colors pop a bit more, I painted my nails with one coat of Flormar Matte White M01. I painted Keep Calm, Paint On and Mimosa's Before Mani's onto a make up sponge and sponged three layers on each nail. Initially I had planned to add a layer of China Glaze Fairy Dust over the gradient. Since both shades I used for sponging are shimmery, I decided against that and instead did an accent nail with Lush Lacquer Minty Chip over Keep Calm, Paint On. Minty Chip is a black and white glitter in a clear base with green shimmer. However, it is now available in a reformulated version, that has an opaque mint green base instead of the clear one I have!
The transitions between the two colors could have been a bit smoother, but other than that I am really happy with the result.

With this, I am off to my first free evening in weeks. Wishing you all a great day and see you soon!

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