Sail Away

Named after a David Gray song, this manicure is really special. I didn’t quite know how to  start this post. But I do like how this sponge gradient manicure turned out, and am officially a fan!

The gradient effect is more natural on my four fingers than the thumb. Feels like we’re all drifting off to gray, doesn’t it?

How I did it:

  1. Apply 2 coats of OPI Alpine Snow as the base
  2. Using a fine cosmetic sponge, apply the lightest/brightest color on the sponge, and dab it on your nails! The color I used here was ChG Aquadelic
  3. For the second layer, use the same method with a similar color. I used ChG Sea Spray, a gray-toned blue.
  4. For the third layer, I used Orly Mirror Mirror, a slate gray and the perfect color to transition from the 2nd color.
  5. TIP: for a more natural gradient effect, apply a top coat while the polish is still wet, so the little dabs of polish will be smoothed over & blend into each other, creating a more seamless look.

Love this look! It pops at the cuticles (ChG Aquadelic is really bright over white) and then fades to neutral tones. I can totally see this look on a surfing campaign! Don’t you?

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