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How to paint gradient nails

Step-By-Step instructions on how to create an awesome gradient nail look.

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Apply your base coat. (you don't need a base coat, but I always use one.)

Apply your base coat. (you don't need a base coat, but I always use one.)

Once base coat is dry, apply one coat of your lighter color of polish

Once base coat is dry, apply one coat of your lighter color of polish

Take your make-up sponge and apply a stripe of your lighter color

Take your make-up sponge and apply a stripe of your lighter color

Apply a stripe of your darker color right above the first stripe, making them overlap slightly.

Apply a stripe of your darker color right above the first stripe, making them overlap slightly.

Dab your makeup sponge on your nail.

Dab your makeup sponge on your nail.

Repeat steps 3-5 until you get the coverage you want.

Repeat steps 3-5 until you get the coverage you want.

Clean up around your nail using a qtip dipped in nail polish remover.

Clean up around your nail using a qtip dipped in nail polish remover.

Repeat steps on all your nails and you're done! :)

The two OPI colors I used were Natural Nail Base Coat and Grape...Set...Match.

The two OPI colors I used were Natural Nail Base Coat and Grape...Set...Match.

The Sally Hanson polish I used was Lacey Lilac.

The Sally Hanson polish I used was Lacey Lilac.

  • Base coat
  • Light shade of nail polish
  • Dark shade of nail polish
  • Make-up sponge
  • Nail polish remover
  • Qtips