This tutorial was specifically requested by Alicia HD from Queens. So, here goes!

My color inspiration for this manicure is the fabric from my favorite pair of snow boots.

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The colors used are Julep’s Carrie, Charlotte, and Gayle

Step 1-Prep
Using scotch tape, tape around the nail to prevent polish from getting all over your fingers.

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Step 2-Polish
Apply 1 coat of strengthening base coat.
Then, apply a coat of Carrie and let it dry.

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Step 3-Sponge application of gradient
Apply the 3 colors to a makeup sponge.

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Pat the sponge on to the nail until it all blends. This is the first coat.

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This is after the second application

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Step 4-Seal the Design
Apply Seche Vite Quick Dry Top Coat once you are happy with the blending.

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Step 5-Clean Up
Remove the tape from around the nail surface. Use a cotton swab dipped in Nail Polish Remover to clean up any areas that the tape may have missed.

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A few tips.

  • Make sure polish is dry before sponging, otherwise the sponge can pull off your base color coat.
  • Move quickly, and don’t let the polish dry up on the sponge, because that can pull the base coat off of your nail too.
  • Reapply nail polish to the makeup sponge as often as needed. The more, the better the blending and coverage.
  • Use an up and down motion when sponging to blend out areas where the color contrast is apparent.
  • Most importantly, have fun!
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