Apr 10 2012

Nail Art Tutorial: Tricolour Gradient Nails

Tricolour Gradient Nails
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Yes, I am on my journey home (12-hour-flight is waiting for me…), but as I promised you yesterday, here I am with the tutorial :)

The title says ‘tricolour gradient nails’, but I’m still not sure what I should call this nail art. I wanted to call it marble (it does look like marble, right?), but if I say ‘marble nail art’, I thought that you would imagine ‘water marble’ design. Any idea what it’s called? Anyone?

You’ll need:

  • 3 nail polishes
  • sponge
  • piece of paper
Tricolour Gradient Nails polish

I used these polishes: (from left) Paul & Joe /14, Paul & Joe /30 and L’Oreal /101. I used L’Oreal for the base colour, and the other two for the gradient. Both Paul & Joe polishes are sheer, and I think sheer polishes work best for this design.

How to get the look:

1) Paint your nails with the base colour, and make sure the nails are dry before the next step.

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2) Let’s prepare the sponge now. I’m using ordinary makeup sponges (6 for £1, haha!), and I cut one sponge into six small pieces because I’m cheap you’ll only need a small piece.

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3) Place a small amount of polish on a piece of paper, and pick up some polish with the sponge.

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4) Dab a few times on the paper to get excess polish off the sponge.

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5) Tap the sponge on your nail a few times (please use your imagination to think that the paper is your nail!).

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6) Repeat step 3 to 5 using other polish.

7) Apply top coat to smooth the lines.

Tricolour Gradient Nails 3

It’s unbelievably easy to achieve this design, and I don’t know why I didn’t think about doing it until now! And I’m in love with this watercolour painting-esque effect. Yap, I can see myself doing this marble/gradient look in lots of different shades :)

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and wish me luck for decent inflight-meals and no turbulence!

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19 Commnents to “Nail Art Tutorial: Tricolour Gradient Nails”

  1. The pastel colors and delicate blending make this look so magical and feminine. I can’t wait to try it! Thank you for the easy to follow tutorial!

  2. I think you should call it water color art!

  3. Oh, your nails are pined in my Makeup/nails/hair Interest Board ;) this is how I found your website!

  4. Those nails are fabulous! I love them! So gorgeous colors! I don’t think you over used the blue in the other post(I clicked the tutorial) , it’s just perfect!

  5. love it! kawaii! i’ll try it this weekend :)
    hope ur happiness life ;) thanks u.

  6. This nail design is absolutely gorgeous!!! and so00ooo easy too. cant wait to try it out. I just pinned it on my pinterest board and labelled it water colour accented marble nails. quite a mouthful and hoping you don’t mind… :P

  7. I love ** it’s so beautiful !

  8. Thanks, denise karis :)

  9. I love this! can’t wait to try it :) Thank you!!!

  10. Glad to hear that you like it, Sarah S :) Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Going to do that as soon as I am home.
    Love it x

  12. Thank you Gina :)

  13. They are very lovely!

  14. I shall now proudly call it ‘watercolour nail art’, then! Thank you so much for stopping by and telling me, Ashley :)

  15. Hi! I just stumbled upon this tutorial and think it’s just lovely! Search “watercolor nail art” online and i think you might find those to be comparable to your design! i think yours is not only an easier way to do this than the popular way to create watercolor nails, but it also comes out softer and, well, nicer! i love your final results!
    :)

  16. Thank you Sangy :)

  17. Love it… you made it so simple *.*

  18. Thanks Sara!

  19. very beautifull and lovely idea.. best wishes from Germany ;-)

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