31 Day Challenge - Day 10 - Gradient - City Skyline

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Looks like we are finally done with the colored days and now are onto the technique days.  Day 10 brings us to Gradients, a technique which I have grown to love.  My first gradient was a skittle manicure which took forever to complete, but was so pretty in the end.  Next, I attempted beach sunset, then most recently a glittery gradient for a Guest Post at Polish Pixelle.  Each time I do a gradient, I feel more confident and believe I have gotten better.  With this manicure, I feel that I have rocked the technique.  I seem to have completely covered all white spaces, while at the same time having a pretty blend of colors.

I didn't want to do a simple gradient for this manicure.  Since this is the nail art challenge, I needed to incorporate nail art somehow.  I began planning the manicure by thinking what aspects of life are a gradient of colors.  Looking at the sky, I realized that the skyline itself was a gorgeous gradient.  I Googled "skyline nail art" and found a cute city skyline nail art done by the one and only @cutepolish.  I loved the gradient colors and the nail art, so I had to try it.

Here's how it came out. Excuse the messy edges, I had a hella hard time cleaning them and finally gave up.  Blue stains, white is a butt to come out of the edges.  I really don't care.

Colors Used:

  • Base
    • Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
  • Gradient
    • Sinful Colors - Midnight Blue
    • Ulta - TuTu Cute
  • Glitter Top over Gradient
    • China Glaze - Fairy Dust
  • Buildings
    • Sinful Colors - Black on Black
    • Sinful Colors - Unicorn
Pretty, pretty, pretty.  Love these nails and how they brought life to a very simple gradient.  I followed the video pretty much step by step.  I painted on a base of white nail polish.  Then with a make up sponge, I painted on Midnight Blue and Tutu Cute and dabbed onto the nail.  Instead of putting a quick dry top coat on like cutepolish did, I put on a coat of Fairy Dust.  To me, Fairy Dust looked like stars in the night sky, so I had to put it on.  Then, I added my black buildings and lil yellow windows, and was done.  I avoided adding the crescent moon because I thought it would take away from the starry look in the sky and would ruin the art.

If I were to attempt these nails again, I think I would do a tad more purple.  Although, with the amount of purple I do have, it gives the illusion that the buildings are glowing on the skyline.

What do you think?  Good gradient, bad gradient?  Would you ever attempt these nails?

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