The weather has taken a bit of a nosedive this week. Gone are the glorious sunny days where you can sunbathe in your garden. The cold and wet weather has arrived with a big where I live. I wanted to do another gradient manicure and was going to go with another summery feel. However, with the weather a bit murky and grey I thought I would make a rain gradient effect.
Base & Top: Barry M Nail Hardener 3 in one top and base coat
I bought this light blue colour yesterday and it is called Barry M Blue Moon and I painted two thin coats. You can see that you would probably need three coats of this to wear it on it’s own as it is very pale.
Next I changed the way I did this gradient. Last time I followed a tutorial by Sammy at Nailosauras but today I used a method shown by PollyPolish. For this method instead of painting onto a plastic sheet you paint directly onto the sponge. The three colours I chose were: Barry M Cobalt Blue, Cyan Blue, Blue Moon.
Using three colours gave quite a good gradient to the nails. Last time when I used two the darker colour really overpowered my nails [plus it was my first time doing it]. I painted onto the sponge and dabbed onto one hand. I painted onto the sponge again and painted my other hand. I painted the sponge a final time and dabbed any nails that looked like they hadn’t got enough colour on.
I found that painting onto the sponge I was able to restrict how much area of the sponge got used and compared to last time the excess on my fingers was a lot less. The picture above shows my nails before I cleared away the extra polish and it is a lot less than my previous gradient attempt.
I finished by adding a sparkly blue glitter polish as my top coat. This is by Barry M but the bottom of the bottle says 044 and no name. I think I got this polish in a goodybag from The Clothes Show a couple of years ago and I can’t see it in their current polishes. The unusual thing about it is that the glitter is actually silver and not blue and it is the liquid that is the blue colour.