Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Nail Art Tutorial: Gradient Nails with Hawaiian Feel

Happy Tuesday people of the world!  It's non-working holiday today but I'm obviously at work NOT feeling lazy nor sleepy!  (Power of Positivity).  After a week long rest for my nails, I've decided to go back to the basics of "romanticism" because I can't be childish for the rest of my life!  There should be times I act my age right?  Well, this week's nail art tutorial exudes a "bit" of maturity!  Let's go back to feminine nails but I've decided to combine my all-time favorite nail art designs!

Gradient nails + Floral Nails + Tiny bit of glitter = 
Gradient Nails with Hawaiian Feel

Step 1:
Apply your favorite Base Coat to protect your nails.  This seriously works as my nails aren't as yellow as before.  I used ELF's Nail Polish in White and apply 2 coats of it.  Letting it dry completely!

Step 2:
To create gradient nails, I am using an eyeshadow sponge from a palette in which I don't use much.  I applied Caronia Polish in Stellar on one side of the sponge tip applicator with a light brushing motion making sure all areas of the sponge tip are covered.

If you applied too much, you can dab it on a sheet of paper first then dab it on top of your white polish.  Gently create gradient effect by dabbing lightly on the lower portion of the nails, applying more on the top most portion.

Step 3:
On the other side of the sponge tip applicator, gently brush on Caronia Polish in Gold Rush (similar step as above).

Gently dab the Caronia Gold Rush Polish at the uppermost portion of your nails for that extra sparkle.

Step 4:
Apply a coat of top coat one fingernail at a time.  While top coat is still wet....

Drop 5 drops of Prettynails' 2 Way Nail Art Pen polish in white to create flower petals.  The reason for the wet top coat is to make the dots spread out into a bigger, more natural looking petals as shown on photo below.  This effect makes the nail art looks more "acrylic" rather than regular nail art design.

Step 5:
While dots are still wet, use the needle method to create a  2 dimensional petals.  This is also the best time to separate both dots that are getting too close for comfort!

Step 6:
As you go on the rest of the fingernails for Steps 4 and 5, go back and add up dots when top coat is dry. 

Step 7:
Using L.A. Colors Art Deco Polish in Gold, create a flower bud by dotting the middle portion of the flower.

Step 8:
Making sure all the designs are completely dry, apply top coat of your choice to prolong the life of your nail art design and to make it shinier.  I am using Elianto's Top Coat.

Sit back, enjoy as you sip on your favorite drink, be girly if you want but I still prefer to slurp on my ice cream like I mean it!!!  *slurps* :P

This may be just another regular floral nails but doesn't it feel good to have nail art designs you worked hard for?  I know it makes me happy!  

By the way, how's the contest going?  I am really happy with the response and a lot of people are starting to do good deeds!  Well on my part, I've done another random good deed too, I won't be spilling the details but I definitely made someone smile yesterday!

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Keep smilin'
Stay happy!


  1. i did NOT think of using an eyeshadow applicator for this~
    I tend to just chuck out the ones i get from the ELF quads, but this would be a way for me to get some use out of them :)
    thanks for sharing nikki XD

  2. Awe! ur flowers looks very pretty today! lovely background :)

  3. It's been a while since i did a gradient nails but the last time that i did that i also used those eyeshadow applicator for they are quite handy!

    love the nails,sis.
    soooo pretty!

  4. It's so feminine and pretty. You really have a knack for coming up with creative and lovely designs. :P

  5. This is so pretty and have never thought of doing a gradient design on my nails. I'm definitely going to try this out!


    Terri, xoxo

  6. Pretty! thanks for the new tip on using an eyeshadow applicator :)

  7. you're getting ridiculously amazingly at your nail art!

  8. gorgeous as always.♥ (hums kokomo while reading this post...)

  9. I love this, it's beautiful and feminime. The flowers look lovely. You are so talented!

  10. super love the effect of the sponge tip applicator ^_^

  11. That is seriously amazing! When I saw the pictures, I instantly thought you went to a salon or something to get your nails done. When I read you did it yourself, I was shocked! Your nails look so good! The eyeshadow brush was a very creative idea too!

  12. wow thumbs up! This is the first time I encountered a blog that have a detailed tutorial =) nice blog!!

  13. you're good! thanks for sharing! BTW, check my beauty blog: http://petite-kaye.livejournal.com/

  14. Oh Rasilla, glad you found a way to use those eyeshadow applicators! Same with you, I'm now lookign for those old applicators that I chucked way back! I should've known and kept it! No worries in sharing, I got the idea from other nail addicts too! :)

    Anaastacia, thank you!

    Thiamere, coming from a fellow nail art lover, I'm glad! thanks!

  15. Pammy, I'm glad you think these are unique! hahhah I found myself leaning on the safe side most of the time! Florals! Oh how i love flowers!

    Terri, give it a try and let us know how it goes!

    ♥ Starryxuan , oh no worries! the tip is all over the nail art loving world! We have to thank them for it :)

  16. Mona, aww thanks!

    Abbie, I love the song Kokomo! Now I'm humming too

    Gio, thank you Gio for always making me smile

  17. JesRoque, thanks dear

    Mui Stylelicious, thanks for visiting, glad you find this cute

    Marge, it's the best in creating gradient, coming from someone who tried a couple of versions :)

  18. Anonymous, thanks for commenting, I hope you left your name though :) Anyways, it's not my creative idea I Have to clarify :) It's from those wonderful people who invented gradient nails by using this, I have to admit, i saw the tip somewhere but I forgot to note down and now I wasn't able to acknowledge them :(

    Krizia, thanks for visiting and hope to see you again sometime!

    Petite-kaye, thanks for sharing your beauty blog link :) I'll visit once I have the time! :)

  19. Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

  20. I just found your blog yesterday, and I am already obsessed! I love doing my nails (preferably my toenails) and my 3 year old daughter, Madison's nails! I just did my toes like the gradient nails with Hawaiian feel in this post, and I can't wait to experiment more with your nail posts! Thanks and keep them coming!!

  21. @Mrs.Zeus Thanks, glad you appreciate this :)

  22. @Shay Thanks for being a reader and I hope to give out more nail art tutorials for nail art lovers like you! :) Thanks for the comment!


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