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Fresh spring

I don’t think I could pull off this look, but it is so sweet I couldn’t resist.

This style of nail art is called a “pond manicure!” It doesn’t so much reference an actual pond so much as it references the depth and the layers of the design. I followed a tutorial from Jacki at Adventures In Acetone, and she credits Olive View Fashion as the originator of this technique. It’s genius and gorgeous and best of all, EASY!

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Snowy Country

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So I took my design from last year as a starting point. But I wanted to paint a landscape that had more colour and more details. I wanted it to look even more like an impressionist painting. The finished landscape looks like your quintessential country landscape with the red/brown barn, sunset, and rustic fence. Yet, I really love how it turned out. Especially when compared to my design from last year, I see the improvement in my nail art skills.

OPI My Vampire is Buff (off-white/cream) Sally Hansen Blue-Away (light blue) OPI You Don’t Know Jacques! (brown) OPI You’re Such a BudaPest (lavender) Sally Hansen Breezy Blue (very, very light blue) Sally Hansen Firey Island (orange) Sally Hansen White On (white) Sally Hansen Black Out (black) Sally Hansen Lightening (yellow)

Like Turqouise

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For a glitter gradient, you want to use a glitter polish with a clear base that has a reasonable glitter load. Glitter polishes that are opaque on their own or that have crelly-base could work, but if you’re starting out, I would suggest a glitter topper in a clear base.  Glitter gradients can be very versatile.  They can be super subtle – soft pink polish with a gradient in a shimmering silver – or very bold – like the manicure I’m showing you today!

My base color is Milani High Speed Fast Dry Quick Teal.  I chose Jordana Glitters Copper Blaze for my glitter polish, which I forgot has a tinted base.  It gives this manicure even more of a cool gradient look and actually worked out quite well for the tutorial portion of this post because you can see exactly where I put the polish! =)  I finished the manicure off with two coats of Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat.

Gradient Nails +Tutorial

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More than likely you will only need one coat of the darkest nail polish. Again it is really important that there isn’t very much polish on your brush.  While you are waiting for your nails to dry, pour some nail polish remover into the top of the bottle and drop a cotton bud into it.

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