i adore anything shiny. gold, silver, bronze, metallic… and as fun as last week’s scary ghetto nails were, this week’s far more demure take on the metal look is more my style.
this shimmering style is a subtle take on the gradient manicure currently taking the nail art tribe by storm. following this step-by-step tutorial from brilliant nails blog the nailasaurus, i also tried this out last week in blue to mint green (and forgot to take pictures, well done me).
tools at the ready
using sparkly gold and silver polish makes the gradient far more subtle, but just as beautiful, as the gold-to-silver progression catches the light and draws the eye. using block colours achieves a very different result – bright and fun – but you have to take even more care with your sponge application. this more forgiving style is best for your first attempt.
you can use any household or make-up sponge (i cut up one of those big yellow ones), just make sure the side you are using is flat. paint on your first colour (gold for me), a few coats to get the best contrast with the second colour.
mix your two colours slightly where they meet at the edges on a plastic sheet
then, using a plastic sheet or baking paper, pour your first and second (silver) colours in a litle puddle next to each other, and mix slightly at the edge with a toothpick or cuticle stick (the larger the mix area, the longer the graduation on your nail). dab your sponge in and press on to your nail. you can repeat a few times to achieve the exact gradient you want, just make sure you let the previous coat dry.
you’ll have a big old mess around your nail bed, so clean that up with a cotton wool bud and tidy up the edges with a corrector pen. finish off with a few layers of top coat to smooth things out, as the texture will be smudgy from the sponge.
this is a littly fiddly, so don’t try to do it in a rush. the result is metallic, shimmering nails (that are damn hard to capture on camera thanks to their sheen, even with my fancy pants new toy, so apologies for the picture quality!)
once you’ve mastered this look, be brave and try it with brighter block colours to really show off the look to its full potential. i’ll be trying hot pink to pale pink, turquoise to aqua, and black to grey. what colours will you try? send us your pictures!
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