Saturday 18 July 2015

How NOT to do complicated gradient nails

Did you know I was human? Yes, that's right, I have tons of nail fails too! I get the feeling that most nail artists don't show you when they f up, even during a nail art tutorial that turned out great (those clips got cut on the editing room floor, as they say). And even when the final end result is complete and a major fail, most nail artists just delete those pics (or don't take any at all) and pretend like it never happened. NOT ME!

In today's tutorial I show you how I attempted a more "complicated" layered gradient (reciprocal returning gradient would be the proper term), and where I messed up at multiple points along the way. This is the actual TRUTH OF DOING NAIL ART people! I'm using this "nail fail" for this week's weekly nail art challenge (WNAC) manis I co-host the WNAC on Instagram along with lovely ladies Kristin of Lacquerstyle and Tracey of MissBellaTracey - geometric gradient!


(see also 15sec version on Instagram)

Things in this video:

As you can see, I didn't take many pics (or try that hard to get good ones), cause I was hating on these nails. BUT I realized months later (I did these in mid-April 2015) that I was being an annoying nail blogger by not sharing it cause I considered it a "nail fail" - but the people need to see these kinds of things, amirite?!? 

Polishes used:

*Simply Peel was provided by Nail Care HQ for my impartial review. Nail vinyls were provided by Twinkled T for my impartial review. Polishes were provide by Live Love Polish and Il était un vernis for my impartial review. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.


  1. It's good seeing fails. Makes me feel less inadequate :)

  2. This happens even to professionals! I love the polish combination you used for this one!

  3. Wow! Those complex nails with gradient are absolutely stunning! The intricate design and seamless blend of colors create such a mesmerizing and unique look. It's evident that a lot of skill and creativity went into creating such a masterpiece. The gradient adds depth and dimension, making the nails truly stand out. Not only are they visually captivating, but they also showcase the individual's personality and style. I love how each nail tells a story, making them a beautiful form of self-expression. These nails are definitely a work of art and a testament to the talent of the nail artist. They're sure to turn heads and spark admiration wherever they go.

  4. Hey everyone! I stumbled upon this awesome tool that simplifies nail art creation, especially for gradient designs like the ones discussed here. The BG Remover tool from effortlessly removes backgrounds from images, making it a breeze to overlay gradients onto nail designs without any complicated editing software. It's a game-changer for achieving flawless gradients! I've tried it myself and was amazed by the results. Plus, it's super user-friendly. Give it a go and take your nail art to the next level with ease. Can't wait to see what stunning gradient creations you all come up with!