- Nail polishes - Black, dark gray, gray, white, and glittery silver
(I used Wet n Wild Black Cream, Zoya Kelly, Petites Color Fever Vintage Gray, Wet n Wild French White Cream, Sinful Colors Out of This World)
- Sponge - different types will work for this, but I used an artificial sea foam sponge
- Q-tip for clean up
- Tweezers for holding the sponge (if you use a small piece)
- Cut off a few pieces of the sponge
- Apply a base coat and
- Apply desired number of base color coats
- Shown here is 1 coat of WnW Black Cream
- Put a few drops of the dark gray on a piece of paper (or other work surface) and work the color into the sponge by dabbing it.
- Lightly tap the sponge on the nail from tip towards the base, leaving about 1/4 of the base unsponged.
- Add in small amounts until satisfied with the look
- Work the lighter gray color into another side of the sponge (or a clean sponge piece)
- Lightly tap on the nail starting from tip and going about half way down.
- Add a little bit at a time to get the desired effect
- Work the white polish into the sponge as before
- Tap the white on the tip of the nail
- This step is optional, but to give the gradient some glitter and sparkle, work a silvery color into the sponge.
- VERY LIGHTLY tap on the nail.
- I put a little bit too much and ended up muting the black and the dark gray out (compare to to original manicure to see what it should have looked like :))
- With a Q-tip or a brush dipped in nail polish remover/acetone, clean up the cuticles
- Add a top coat and you are done!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! As always I would love comments and feedback so that I can improve :)
Thanks for looking!