The Nail Files: Gradient Video Tutorial

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After recovering from my brush with fame (pun obviously intended) I decided to do something different this week (which you probably guessed already from the post title). For the last few months, I've posted a couple of gradient manicures and have gotten a lot of comments saying that it's a tricky technique to get a hang of. Which, to be honest, is totally true. It took me forever to figure out how to do it, so I thought that I'd make a video tutorial to share with you.

Here's the mani that I ended up with after I demonstrated a two colour, three colour, four colour, and five colour gradient:

And here's the link to the video (Err...be nice because it's my very first video, kay?) The quality isn't the greatest, as there was QUITE a learning curve, and you'll probably want to make it full-screen (or at least a little bigger). It's just under 16 minutes long so you may want to get a coffee or something. Haha! Let me know if you find the tutorial helpful because I can always do another! :)

Can't wait to see everyone's pretty fingers and toes!

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  1. So happy for the video! Maybe now, my nails can be more than just the plain ol' jane one color lol.

  2. hehe great video :) Love the opening!

    I definitely prefer the sponge method and don't care about going out of my nails :p Put it on paper first doesn't work for me either. The polish also quickly gets absorbed so I glob on as much as I can lol

  3. So pretty. I need to try this someday. I have a kit, but haven't tried it.

  4. Yay! Thank you- I see written instructions for mani art, but I KNOW I'll get to a point where something doesn't make sense. With your vid, it's straight forward, and I know what it's supposed to look like, each step of the way. Thank you! I look forward to more. :)

  5. OMG I can't wait to get home and watch this!!! [Not nearly enough privacy in my wall-less cubby]

    I am super glad I am not the only one having major challenges with this :)

  6. Well I have just finished my coffee and just finished watching this video and THINGS ARE GREAT. I loved watching this vid, especially with all your little jokes and funny captions. I hope you'll do these all the time because I will watch the shit out of them.


  7. That is a great tutorial! You must not have mosquitoes where you live, as I could totally not sit outside for that length of time without getting eaten alive. The manicure would be destroyed:-)

  8. holy cow your gradients are amazing!

  9. I need to try gradients this week! I love your video :) Makes it seem SO easy.


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