Monday, 18 June 2012

Gradient Magenta/Pink/Coral nails using Ombre Stain Technique

OPI - Dim Sum Plum
Essie - Infatuation
China Glaze - Atelier Tulle

Triangular makeup sponge, water, OPI Nail Envy, Revlon Colorstay Always On Sealant. Did this over my previous mani using China Glaze - Candlelight and Deborah Lippmann Flat Top. My attempt at this Ombre Stain Mani seen on TheBeautyDepartment

I ended up staining my ENTIRE nail though. I think next time I do this I will only use 2 colors instead of 3. I don't understand how they fit all 3 colors in and still had some bare nail showing.

Dim Sum Plum didn't work very well in this mani. It ended up lighter than the other 2 colors, even though it is clearly darker in real life. I think maybe this is because I was using the wrong end of the makeup sponge. I used the thicker end of the wedge and I just noticed they used the thinner end in the tutorial. So when I painted Dim Sum Plum on the edge, it was on the thickest part of the sponge. Maybe when I pressed down on the sponge to squeeze the water out there was too much water going through Dim Sum Plum, more so than the other two colors which made it lighter? Either that or something with the way Dim Sum Plum behaves in water.

So I ended up doing this stain technique a few times, then going over the tip with Dim Sum Plum normally without the added water, and then the stain technique a few times again to blend. I guess that's why it ended up so much darker and more opaque than it was supposed to lol. It looks like normal sponging with a kind of jelly finish to it rather than the intended stain look. I still love the way this mani looks even if it didn't turn out the way it was "supposed" to look.

This mani chipped really fast. I did these last night right before I went to sleep and I had a chip on the edge of my thumbnail already this afternoon! That's why the tip of my thumbnail is kind of hiding haha. I didn't get to take a picture before it chipped. There's also quite a bit of tip wear visible on my middle finger. I'm not sure if this is due to the stain technique or because of my top coat. I recently switched to this random Revlon topcoat I found lying around my house when my Seche Vite brush kept making black streaks over my manis (I swear I cleaned the brush sooo many times...). I wore my last gradient mani for a week though with the same topcoat and no chipping issues so I'm not sure. It's only been 2 manis with this topcoat so it's hard to say.

I will definitely be trying this technique again. I liked how easy it was to blend the colors together, and I loved the sheer watercolor type effect it creates (as long as you don't go over it too many times like I did). It was also quite a lot faster than normal sponging, and because the sponge is wet, you don't need to worry about little bits of sponge left behind. Cleanup was definitely NOT easy with this mani though. I think I will put old lip balm around my nails first next time so that the polish doesn't stick to my skin and cleanup should be easier.

Hopefully you enjoyed my rather long first post :)

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