The One With the Gradient and the Dry Brush

9:00:00 AM

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  The week has started and is in full swing and I'm already for it to be the weekend.  It will be here before we know it, followed by my most hated holiday, Valentine's Day!  Funny that my five year anniversary on the blog falls around the same time.  Clearly five years ago I was so angered over Valentine's Day that I thought blogging would be a good distraction.

Well, you know me, I'm not one for traditional Valentine's Day manicures.  I've decided to try to throw some pink and purple manicures together that are semi festive, but not totally in your face Valentine's.  Today's manicure is a purple to pink gradient with a black dry brush thrown over the top.

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • FingerPaints - Lavender Love
  • FingerPaints - Black Patent
  • OPI - Kiss Me I'm Brazilian
  • INM - Northern Lights
I am in love with gradient!  I started off with a base coat of Lavender Love by FingerPaints.  I used one coat since I knew I knew I was going to be doing a gradient it would cover any patchy areas.  Once the one coat was dried, I painted Lavender Love and Kiss Me I'm Brazilian on a make up sponge and dabbed it on my nails.  The colors blended quite nicely with one another, especially after I added the top coat of INM Northern Lights.

After Northern Lights was added, I went back through with Patent Black by FingerPaints and did a light dry brush across all my nails.  I was going to copy a look by mrswhite8907 on Instagram where she had this gradient then black on the outer edge, but it failed miserably.  I don't know how she was able to do her manicure so flawlessly.  Maybe one day I will try again.

One more bottle shot because I truly do love this manicure.  I think it's one of my favorite gradients of all time.  I don't know why I avoid doing the two color ones and always end up reverting to three.  Hmm.

What do you think?  Like this look? Fan of the simple dry brush?  

Until next time, <3.

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