Monday, October 10, 2011

31 Day Nail Art Challenge: Gradient Nails

There are two different gradients at play in this set of nails. I think it really turned out fun! And, at the end of this post, you will see a slight addition I made to the manicure with a new polish that arrived in the mail.

I did a candle glowing in the darkness with a pair of spooky eyes lurking in the blackness. There is a gradient effect on the candle itself, and there is the gradient from the pool of light radiating out from the candle.

I started with a base of black nails. Black nails really show off the reflection from my lamp and everything else in my living room where I do my nails!

Then I added the pool of light using acrylic paints. I used yellow, black and white paints for this part of the manicure. You can see I added the gradient to the side of my thumb, as well. 

Then I added the candle, which starts out yellow, then turns to a an orangish-red towards the base of the candle. There are also different colors inside of the flame, running from yellow to orange, to red, to blue. And I added the little creepy eyes. 

Here are both hands together. I added another pair of eyes on my right hand. 

Here's a close-up of the candle, and you will notice that it is kind of blinged out! I opened my mail and found my shipment from Cult Nails! I got their top and base coats, plus Hypnotize Me, a wonderful sheer sparkle polish. I added some Hypnotize Me to the outer areas of the pool of light to give it some fun dimension. I really like it! Oh and there was one more bonus polish in my package, which I will share with tomorrow's manicure. :-) Cult Nails rules!

Here's a side view of the sparkle. I just love it and can't wait to do a full manicure with it. 

Here are the polished I used in this manicure: Wet 'n Wild Black Creme, Cult Nails Hypnotize Me, Essie All In One Basecoat, and Seche Vite Topcoat. 

Tomorrow's challenge is polka dots. It will be fun and frightening! :-)


  1. Beautiful! You are too cool. I want that candle on my nails now :)

  2. Thanks rachlovespenguins! I'm really happy with this design.

  3. Thanks so much Sarah! This was actually a fairly simple mani. It was really fun to do.

  4. You are a genius. Simplicity at its best. Creative and unique!

  5. Wow how beautiful that candle is!! I love this mani a lot!!

  6. Awww, thanks Nev! I tend to do too much on my manis, so I do like it when I find something simple that works.

  7. So freaking awesome! I am in LOVE!

  8. Thanks so much Amy! My mom actually suggested this. She rules!

  9. this is fantastic!! love your nail art :)