To match the hot weather we’ve been having lately, I think this Coral Ombré design is perfect. It’s got a sunbleached look to it, that with the neon makes a perfect summer holiday manicure.
Polishes and tools
Color Club French Tip White
Chanel June and Biarritz
Fab UR Nails Fun24 stamping plate
MoYou London White Knight and Fashionista 04
Clear Jelly Stamper The Bling Brush
For any bright gradient, you need a good white base. I tried a new white polish for this design, from Color Club. It’s widely said to be the best one-coater white out there… it was ok, but not all it’s hyped.
Also new for me was a method for creating a gradient. Rather than use a sponge to blend several coats, I used an oblong-shaped stamping image and multiple scrapes to blend the colours into an ombré.
Which reminds me: do we call this an ombré or a gradient? I’ve generally gone with an ombré for shades of the same colour, and a gradient to transition between different colours.
They seem to be pretty much interchangeable, but I tend to use gradient rather than ombré personally.
With this gradient / ombré / whatever, it took me 2-3 coats to build up the colour strength I wanted.
Time for a few pros and cons for this new technique:
- Much cleaner around my nails, and quicker to clean up after
- No bubbling, thick polish or bits of sponge in the polish
- Uses less polish
- Difficult to get a smooth colour transition
- Can’t always keep enough polish in the oblong to pick up
- Need to work quickly blending the polish before stamping
I think I will keep trying this technique, I can work on my speed and blending to make it better.
Stamping was quick and easy as always. White stamping polish is easy to clean up too. I found that the close pattern disguised any unevenness from the gradient. Finally, top coat and I am done!
Coral Ombré for Maniswap Circle
I definitely need more practice at this technique, but I like that it’s less messy than a sponge gradient.
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