Friday 10 October 2014

Quadruple scaled gradient: Mexican rug inspired madness

Oh ma gawd what in the hell is this?!?! I don't even know. Pretty sure it might be a quadruple scaled gradient...but yeah. I have no more words. My head hurts just thinking about how I did this (and then re-thinking how I really should have done it instead), so you best just stop reading words and look at pics instead.


I was somewhat inspired by traditional mexican rugs, and I'd seen some nail wraps around that had this kind of look but without the mini-gradients in each colour block. So I decided I'd spent an entire day trying to get this look out of my head and onto my nails cause I have no life, yay!

Obviously there's no way I could hold all 12 polishes I used, but I do my best.

What's this?! I added more?! Yup. Added some lines with a set of striping brushes from Born Pretty Store.

Striping brush from Born Pretty Store

Which nail is your fav? They all turned out a surprise to me!

(so sorry I had to break my 1min max rule... trust me, you'll forgive me)
(see also part 1 and part 2 15sec versions on Instagram)

The video has subtitles so the steps should be clear. A couple things:
For the record I had NO PLAN going into this, I just started working my way up my nails with different variations of gradients on different nails. Woo, mad nail art scientist!

Polishes used (well here's a list and a half):
- Finger Paints 'Pop art purple' (magenta/purple neon creme)
- Orly 'Hot shot' (neon pink/red crelly)
- Essie 'Meet me at sunset' (orange creme)
- China Glaze 'Sun worshipper' (neon light orange creme)
- Pure Ice 'Show stopper' (yellow creme)
- Spa Ritual 'Firefly' (neon green crelly)
- Essie 'I'm addicted' (neon aqua blue crelly)
- Sinful Colors 'Savage' (turquoise creme)
- Nails Inc. 'Baker street' (royal blue creme)
- Quo by Orly 'Infused' (rich purple crelly)
- Cult Nails 'Tempest' (white creme)
- Cult Nails 'Nevermore' (black creme)


  1. Oh My God!!! Oh My God!!! Oh My God!!!... you did this?!?...Absolutely Miiinnnddd Blowwwiiinngg!!! Just loved it...
    Stripes are just fab. :-)

    1. Thanks so much!! Yes clearly I'm slowly going crazy but nail wraps can kiss my cat's butt!! :p

  2. NOM DE DIEU DE NOM DE DIEU !!! (OMG, rather bad french language side). I put very very rarely comments, but there ...
    I have my personal BNA (Best Nail Art) 2014 selection. I follow several hundreds blogs, Insta, ... I've just looked at my BNA 2014, there's only around thirty since January 1st.
    This nail art left directly in my selection and is certainly going to find itself in my top five at the end of the year.
    Which work it had to be. It's of a staggering beauty and I think never seen. I can't believe my eyes.
    C'est magnifique. Bravo.

    1. Merci beaucoup t'es trop gentille!!! Haha yes it was quite the feat and I probably won't be doing it again anytime soon lol but thank you so much I'm glad you love it!!! :)

  3. Every time I see this mani I drool all over my keyboard.....and it isn't even holo!!! OMG can you imagine this in HOLO?! The first time I saw this mani what came to mind before I even read the post or the title was Mexican blanket. I have been to Mexico a few times and have bought a few of those blankets....wish I still had them dammit! Oh...your post for this mani on nailpolis has the wrong has a link to a triangle mani. Anywho here is that post...