Nail challenge: Day 9 – ‘Rainbow’

A quick explanation. I did the manicure at the bottom of this post first but didn’t like how it came out (need more sponging practice I think!) so did another raimbow themed mani. I attached both as it’s all experience, right?

I will list the polishes used at the very bottom of the post.

For the spotty mani I was inspired by my friend Kayley who suggested a Twister mat. I used two coats of nude polish and waited for that to dry. I then used a spotting tool to apply the dots. Some dots needed two coats, but apart from that – c’est fini! Easy peasy!

I love that this mani looks just as good far away as it does close up, so pretty.

The following pictures are of the first mani I did. I took all the colours of the rainbow and decided to merge them on the nails using gradients.

I colour the bottom half of each nail in the rainbow colours and waited for them to dry. I then painted the top halves with the next colour along in the spectrum.

After the two halves had dried, I mixed the two polishes featuring on the nails together on wax paper and used a cosmetic sponge to lightly dab the connecting line. I fiddled about with the sponging until you could no longer see the join and the colours blended.

I then added top coat to smooth out the bobbly finish of the sponging.

I definitely need more sponging practice. Also, some of these colours just weren’t going to merge – the yellow & green finger looks terrible as the colours are too different. However, I do love the two nails with the dark blue, I think they look very effective.

Sorry for the huge post today! I’m not going to get into the habit of doing 2 manicures for every theme: far too time-consuming!

Lex 🙂

P.S. Polishes used in both manicures:

  • Red – Maybelline Forever Strong ‘Deep Red’
  • Orange – Nails Inc. ‘Instyle Orange’
  • Yellow – Miss Sporty ‘301’
  • Green – Barry M ‘Spring Green’
  • Blue – Miss Sporty ‘314’
  • Purple – Rimmel ‘Black Cherries’
  • Nude – Rimmel ‘French Ivory’
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