August 2013 Nail Art Challenge: Gradient and Recreation

Since doing Serum, I haven’t had as much time to do nail art or really swatch the many bottles of untrieds I have. Luckily there’s a person on Instagram that goes by Californails that creates monthly nail art challeges. Not a daily-who-has-time-for-that challenge, but something more flexible for those that don’t have time to do it on the daily. So here’s August’s challenge line up:

August 2013 Nail Art ChallengeThat doesn’t look too bad right?

So for gradient I took three colors from the OPI SF collection (A-Piers to be Tan, First Date on the Golden Gate and Lost on Lombard) to create a gradient. Definitely need more practice with gradients that consists of more than two colors.

OPI SF Gradient OPI SF Gradient Side

Then I added another gradient on top of this using Serum No. 5 Burning Orchid and Sky Lights. I love how these completely transform the original gradient and makes it all so sparkly and shimmery.

OPI SF Gradient Glow OPI SF Gradient Glow Side

And here’s the glow shot:

OPI SF Gradient Glow Dark

It’s the second challenge of the month and already I’m a day late -_- But I’m busy making polishes and planning the FW13 line, so I think I can be excused, right? For recreation, I decided to recreate a mani of My Nails are Dope, I follow her on Tumblr and Instagram and I’m always amazed with her mix and match and chain manis.

Recreation Recreation Side

Here, I used Zoya Avery and China Glaze White on White (striped thumb), some pearls and gold chains.

I’m planning to do a lot more of these challenges, one because I’ve been really rusty with nail art and two it’ll give me more things to share with you! Hope you all get in on the fun!

3 thoughts on “August 2013 Nail Art Challenge: Gradient and Recreation

  1. Rose Joy says:

    The best thing about gradient technique is that it creates the best designs with minimum effort. They can also be used as a base pattern for adding dimension for simple looks. I love the second look too. It is soo edgy.

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