Reverse Gradient Nails

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Hey guys!

Today’s tutorial is a really pretty nail design that I tried on my mum’s nails! I think this nail design is really unique but it is really easy to recreate so let’s get started!

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I did this design on false nails because they were for someone else but if you are doing this on yourself then start with a base coat to protect your nails.

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Depending on your colour combination, start with the lightest colour from your gradient and apply two coats of this onto the nails. It is really important that you allow this to fully dry before going on to the next step.

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Then taking a makeup sponge or a kitchen sponge apply your gradient of polishes so I did a white (the lighest, base colour), then a light coral then a darker coral. This is the best time to blend the colours together.

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Dab the sponge on the nail keeping the gradient as a straight line. Make sure you apply the gradient so that the lightest base colour is at the top. Allow this to dry fully and then apply a top coat. You could always leave your nails like this and have an ombré effect.

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Once the top coat has dried completely, cut thin strips of tape and apply these parallel and evenly spaced across the nail.

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Over the previous darker colour apply one coat of the light polish or else when you try to do the gradient it won’t show as vividly. Then repeat the gradient on the sponge but reverse the colours and apply the polish on the nail with the darkest colour at the top.

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Wait a few minutes until the polish is tacky and then gently peel off the tape to reveal your final design!

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Add a final top coat and this design is done!
This nail design can take slightly longer than other ones but it is simply because it is very important that you allow each layer to dry before moving onto the next step.

I hope you enjoyed this and I will see you next week!



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