February 12, 2014

Smoky Purple Gradient with Halfmoons [Nail Art]

Here's a recent gradient that I attempted!  For this one, I painted the three gradient colors in overlapping stripes directly onto the sponge, and then dabbed on.  That seems to work better for me than doing one color at a time, so I'll be practicing this technique in the future. Woop.

I'm pretty sad that the half-moon lines didn't come out super crisply; I used binder reinforcement stickers, and I think I removed too much of the stickiness on the back of my hand.  Alas.  From a distance, they look OK though!

I'm always super excited about nail art until I see the macro photos on the computer.  I don't know if that happens to anyone else...

The base polish, (and half-moons) is Misa- High Brow.  The gradient was created using three Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes: Eel Skin, Commander in Chic, and Plum Luck (from lightest to darkest).

Essie- A Cut Above is on the accent nail.


  1. I love this!!! And yeah, I totally agree with you about liking it until you see the macro, haha.

  2. Haha, I'm sooooo glad someone else understands!

  3. Hahaha, me too! I can't tell you how many times I've been convinced it's perfect only to realize OH GOD UNEVEN STREAKAGE WHY! after loading it into lightroom.

    That said, these look really gorgeous. Don't worry about the unevenness at all, it's totally not noticeable. Beautiful color combinations too, it's like a pretty victorian love letter :3 Also curse you for making me want another Essie polish >:(

  4. LOL that's my reaction every time, too!!