The popularity of gradient manicure is explained by its originality and stylish beauty with a relatively simple technique of execution. Elegant transitions from one shade to another look unusually attractive on nails of any length and shape. In order to make up nails in the technique of the gradient, techniques of varying degrees of complexity are used. The most effective manicure is obtained by the simultaneous application of varnishes of several colors, smoothly passing into each other from the cuticle to the tip of the nail. Colors can be both contrasting, and representing shades of the same color.
Creating this type of gradient begins with the preparation of nails by giving them the right shape of a nail file, degreasing the nail plate and applying a layer of varnish base color – one that starts from the base of the nail. The varnish is applied in one or two layers, until the shade of the desired intensity is obtained.
Перед нанесением лака рекомендуется воспользоваться специальным базовым покрытием, выравнивающим и укрепляющим ногтевую пластину.
On a flat plastic surface or a piece of thick foil, a little varnish of the primary color drips to make a small puddle. Next to this spot create a drop of varnish of another shade chosen for the gradient manicure. Using a pointed nail polish, toothpick or a thin brush, the drops are mixed together in such a way that a mixture of colors forms at the boundary of the two drops, and the edges remain intact.
A small cosmetic foam sponge is cut into rectangles about 3 cm in length and one of the fragments is dipped into mixed varnishes. Two spots should be printed on the sponge, and it is advisable to do so in such a way that the main color of the varnish is at the very edge of the sponge.
Foam is gently pressed to the nail in such a way that its edge, which has a spot of varnish with a base color, was on the base of the nail. The sponge is slightly shifted up and down to create a blurred border between the colors. If necessary, this step can be repeated until the shade of the desired saturation is obtained, but only after the previous layer of varnish has dried completely.
To ensure that the nails do not form small bubbles of varnish, the sponge must necessarily be fine-porous.
If you plan to create a gradient manicure of three or more shades, then it is better to mix varnishes not on an improvised palette, but directly on a sponge. With the help of a sharpened wand on foam rubber, the desired number of varnishes are alternately applied, placing their strips along the diagonal of the sponge.
To test the general appearance of the future gradient, the sponge is printed on a sheet of tracing paper or foil. If the resulting color matches expectations, you can start creating fingerprints on nails.
After the varnish has completely dried, its excess printed outside the nails is removed with a cotton swab or a special corrective pencil, and the finished manicure is fixed with a layer of clear lacquer.
Another way to create a gradient manicure involves using different shades of the same color not within the nail, but on the different fingers of one hand. To do this, you can either pick up five close shades – for example, from red to pink, or use one shade, gradually diluting it with white or beige varnish.
Ноготь каждого пальца красят в свой цвет, создавая плавный переход от темного к более светлому. После этого маникюр закрепляют прозрачным или бесцветным лаком с добавлением блесток.