When it comes to painting nails, I feel like I always need something more than just a plain color. I like the excitement and surprise nail art can add, making your nails an essential accessory to any outfit. On Saturday, I took a day trip to Long beach Island, New Jersey, and was really inspired by the gradient of colors that was created when the ocean hit the shore. I wanted to replicate this by using a sponge technique on my nails with coastal colors. Since our Washed Ashore e-book just dropped this week as well, I thought this tutorial was quite fitting.
Here’s what you need:
Nail polish – I used Essie “Sand Tropez”, Sinful Colors “Snow Me White”, royal blue, and a clear top coat
Piece of plastic (you can also use a piece of foil or parchment paper)
Nail polish remover
Step 1: Paint your nails with a base coat of the sandy color. Allow this coat to dry completely.
Step 2: On your piece of plastic, pour out some of the royal blue and sand color next to each other. Take your pushpin and blend the colors together where they meet. This helps to create the gradient effect.
Step 3: Take your sponge and dip it directly in the polish.
Make sure there is enough polish on the sponge to transfer to your nail.
Step 4: Dab the sponge directly down on your nail a few times to transfer the color.
I made very slight back-and-forth movements when I was transferring the polish with the sponge to make sure it was blended. Repeat this step on all of your nails.
Step 5: Pour out some of the white color and dab a tiny portion of sponge into it.
Step 6: Transfer the white onto your nail where the blue fades into the sand color by dabbing very lightly. This acts as the sea foam.
Step 7: Add one coat of clear top coat. This blends out your colors even more and gives a nice finish. This is a pretty messy process, so you will definitely have excess polish on your skin around your nails. I took a paintbrush and dipped it in nail polish remover to clean up the sides.
There you go! Washed ashore nails in 7 easy steps.
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