For the love of gradients

Who doesn’t love a gradient? I remember my first gradient. It was love at first sight. I had tried on an orange to pink gradient just before I went on vacation. It wasn’t the best one, but it was pretty awesome. The procedure to gradient is pretty straightforward. It’s just three simple steps.

Step 1. Paint your nails a base colour.
Tip: White works best, or you could use the lighter of the colours.
Step 2. Paint your chosen colours on a make-up sponge.
Tip: Clean your sponge beforehand with tape. Like you’re waxing it. Do not try to wash it. Also, if you want the colours to blend, you could slightly overlap them when you’re painting the sponge.
Step 3. Sponge over your nails and finish with a top coat. 
Sponge as many times as you require until you get the opacity you want. And always let the polish dry before dabbing on the next layer.
Tip: Quick-dry top coats are MAGIC. There’s no better way to describe the feeling you get when you apply a quick-dry top coat to your gradient. Try it! You’ll see.

3 steps. It really is that simple.

Here’s what my finished manicure looked like. I added zebra stripes, because, why not? And, I mattified the whole thing, because, MATTE! ❤

For this manicure, I used:
Orange Fix and Blackout by Maybelline New York Color Show
Some random blue nail polish I found in my box
Super Matte Suface Oil by Born Pretty Store
Make-up sponges from Health&Glow
Nail art brush from

Questions? Ask me in the comments. Try out this manicure, and post on Instagram with #looklumos. You can also follow me on Instagram and Facebook!



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