Frankie asked me a few weeks ago to share a scaled gradient design with her readers and I happily agreed! The inspiration behind this mani was summery colours (all Essie), but not neon in the in-your-face-sense, as I wanted to go with a bit more of a relaxed summer colour scheme.
VIDEO TUTORIAL AT THE END OF THE POST!
To do this scaled gradient mani I used hole reinforcements as my gradient divider. You'll find pics of them and see the difference between them and nail vinyls, striping tape, and so on in my Gradient Guide. They are tricky to use, however, because they are too tacky and are not great at preventing bleeds. The trick is to remove them carefully and slowly, with your tweezers at a directly above angle. I made that mistake in the video tutorial below, as you'll see the polish bled a bit. This is because when filming it's not possible to have my hand/arm directly above or else I'd knock over my camera. Evidently I made the video tutorial at a seperate time than I did this mani.
Here's a couple more pics, but you'll find more on Frankie Hunter Nails' blog post.
1 MIN OR LESS VIDEO TUTORIAL:
(see also 15sec Instagram version)
Remember to head on over to Frankie Hunter Nails' post as I've provided her readers with step-by-step instructions to go along with this video!
- Essie 'Tart deco' (pale coral creme)
- Essie 'DJ play that song' (magenta-purple creme)
- Essie 'Mesmerized' (blue creme)
- Essie 'Blanc' (white creme)