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Tutorial: French Manicure with Gradient/Ombre Effect

My friend The Sasha (of A Sasha Party) and I decided it would be fun if I started painting her nails every week. I make a better manicurist than I do a well-manicured lady so, basically, this is the best game ever. I started a Pinterest board for some of the manicures I'd like to try, most of which is lifted directly from Adiel's amazing nails board. Many of my attempts, success or fail, may end up here.

First inspiration, this update on a French manicure with a gradient effect:

Source: eamawa.com via Alison on Pinterest




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Update - Here's a quick picture tutorial for this manicure. I'll update with a description soon!



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Here's a variation with hot pink:




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And here's my version on Sasha's nails:

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I chose this one for its subtlety. Because if I messed it up big time it wouldn't be so noticeable, ha. Here's another view:

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We used a pale, glittery pink base, Essie's Marshmallow for the white tips, and Essie's Matte About You to give it a more pearlescent effect (because the glittery pink was shockingly glittery).

The verdict: I loved this manicure. So easy to do because you don't need to be too precise and it's incredibly forgiving of mistakes. I'm ready to get adventurous and use colors that have more contrast between them next time.

8 comments:

  1. I need to moisturize for next time =/ However the nails look excellent!

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    1. I have a super excellent hand moisturizer. I think hands need to be almost too moisturized to look good in photos.

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  2. love it.... I am next!!!!!

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    1. @The_Sasha - Genius! That's a party. That's fashion-related. Two birds: meet stone.

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  3. Fabulous!!! I only like the pink and white thing when it's subtle, and the gradient gives it a very elegant subtlety. Plus sparkles!!

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