January 20, 2015

Matte Taping Gradient with China Glaze Road Trip Polishes [Nail Art]

I don't normally post on Tuesdays, but I really buckled down to get these photos ready since I already teased this manicure on IG. Plus, guys, the backlog is out of control at the moment! Ah! *Blogger Problems*

Anyway, I am really happy with this nail art look, and I hope you like it!

I started off with a base layer of China Glaze- Dashboard Dreamer. On the middles nails I just used Scotch tape to tape a straight line down the middle of each nail. I taped out a v-shape on my pinky, although Essie- A Cut Above is not really dense enough to truly fill out and show off that shape. On my thumb, I used two pieces of tape to delineate a horizontal stripe.

For the gradient, I painted Dashboard Dreamer, China Glaze- More to Explore, and China Glaze- I Brake for Colour onto a dry makeup sponge. Gradients can blend better when you dampen the sponge first, but I was lazy. What I do is apply a few layers of each polish in overlapping stripes. The sponge will absorb some of it, which is why wetting it first prevents that. Either way, sponging a gradient has been about experimentation for me. I've done it both ways, and I'll probably try the damp version in the future again.

I was really itching for some matte glitter, so I finished the whole look off with one coat of Essie- Matte About You.

Polishes used:

left to right: China Glaze- Dashboard Dreamer, China Glaze- I Brake for Colour, China Glaze- More to Explore, Essie- Matte About You, Essie- A Cut Above

Can you tell how old and thick my Essie- Matte About You is? It defied gravity while on its side! Still, it hasn't developed the white particles(?) that I keep hearing about in old/ depleted bottles of Matte About You. It's still my most-used matte top coat, although I like the Butter London one too!

I think gradients + taping is my new favorite technique right now! I've already done another version with different shades from the the Road Trip collection, and I'll show you that one soon too!

What do you think?


  1. This is so beautiful, I love how you created this!

  2. Love this look!

  3. I love the color combination here, so beautiful!

  4. The gradient and taped sections look so good! I like how everything just works here.

  5. Gorgeous color combo! I think the taping gradient is an amazing idea. I hope you don't mind if I shamelessly copy this mani in the future lol.

    Looking forward to see the other one you made!

  6. I think this turned out amazing! I love the gradient and glitter combo, I think they work very well together.

    What do you mean by "wet the sponge first"? Like... make it wet with water? That idea blows my mind a little. If not water, then what would you moisten it with? Polish thinner? Would water make the polish gradient weird? Would my manicures ever get as awesome as yours?

    Lots of questions. Anyway! Loved this!