Distressed Gradient

I’m not sure what to call this type of gradient but Distressed Gradient seems apt. It’s not your perfect blended gradient that I lust over with envy when I see them perfectly executed on Instagram. It’s a bit of a cheats gradient but I quite like it!

So here we go with a quick and dirty tutorial ;0)

piCture pOlish Distressed Gradient

The materials used are the same as for a blended gradient. An opaque white polish as a base coat – I used Cult Nails Tempest, the polish for the gradient – I find three polishes  work the best, a make up sponge and a latex barrier to aid clean up – I used Dance Legend Pure Manicure. (As an aside when it first arrived and I saw ‘Peel Off’ and thought it was a peel off base coat. Trust me it is not! Blonde)



Paint your nails white and apply the latex barrier.




Paint the three colours on the sponge making sure you overlap them. I do three coats of each colour.



Now comes the magic bit. Paint over the stripes with your opaque white polish. just one layer and let it soak fully into the sponge. It takes a little while.


Now press the sponge straight onto your nail. No jiggling about up and down as with a blended gradient or that’s what you will end up with. You really do just plonk it down and press. This is after one press down and it needs one more. Any more than two goes with the sponge and the mottled look disappears.

One plonk down of the sponge


So here we go after a second round with the sponge, looking much better and it will be even nicer after top coating.

Two plonks


And the final result with top coat….

With Top Coat


and stamping. The image I used is by uberchicbeauty Collection 4 plate 03


I hope this was useful. Be nice I’m a bit new at this blogging stuff!

M xx


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