Friday, June 8, 2012

Design: Spots on the Sun

Recently I have really been feeling the color orange.  It is such a beautiful bright summery color and I wanted to pay homage to it in my design today.  How I came up with this design, I don't even know.  One thing led to another and poof! I had my end result, which I have to say I am really excited with.  For this design I used Zoya Arizona, China Glaze Poinsettia, China Glaze Riveting, and Wet n' Wild Black Creme. Check out the steps below to recreate this look for yourself!

I started out by painting my nails with two coats of Zoya Arizona as a base for my gradient.

Next I used a cosmetic sponge to create my gradient.  I decided to try a different technique for creating a gradient that I had seen online.  For this I painted stripes of each color on my gradient on the sponge all at once and then pressed the sponge over my nail.  It created an even gradient with half the effort of sponging each color on one at a time.  I put Poinsettia as the top stripe, Riveting as the middle stripe, and Arizona as the bottom stripe.

These colors all went so well with each other, and it was really nice that Riveting brought a little bit of shimmer to the other two creme polishes.  I really liked how these colors came together... but it wasn't enough for me, I wanted to add something else to my nails.  What should I add is all I kept thinking.  Then it finally came to me, keep it simple and add some black dots.  And that is what I did.

I used Wet n' Wild Black Creme and a dotting tool to add two different sized dots in a random pattern around half of my nail.  The colors of the orange polishes together remind me of the surface of the sun and the black dots are kind of like sun spots.  I am really digging this design and I think I am going to wear it thought out the weekend!

How do you create gradients?  Leave a comment here, on Facebook, or tweet me@Polish_Paradise!