Friday, 14 October 2016

ABC Challenge 'S': Scaled gradient

Happy Friday! The ABC Challenge resumes with the letter S this week, and I've gone for the scaled gradient, a design originally thought up by Cristine of SimplyNailogical.

Scaled gradient inspired by SimplyNailogical | polilish
Bottle: A-England 'Whispering Waves'
Read on for more details, photos and the video tutorial!

I have attempted the scaled gradient once before - it's actually my third post on Instagram, if you're inclined to wade through my feed to find it! It was definitely not my finest moment, so I decided to give it another go. Here's the video tutorial.



I don't have much patience for building up and blending gradients (but strangely plenty for painting in lots of tiny spaces) so I was glad that I picked these two polishes by A-England - 'Whispering Waves' (bright teal) and 'Virgin Queen' (champagne gold). Most of A-England's polishes are highly pigmented, so it took only two coats for the gradients to be opaque and well-blended.

Scaled gradient inspired by SimplyNailogical | polilish

I actually used a peel-off base coat (UNT 'Ready for Takeoff') under this manicure, and neither the vinyl nor the liquid latex pulled it up, which I was very pleasantly surprised by. I think the trick is just to peel off the vinyl and latex very slowly.

Scaled gradient inspired by SimplyNailogical | polilish
Close-up: ring finger
I'll be deviating from my usual weekly schedule next week, with an extra review post on Tuesday - stay tuned! And of course, I'll be back again next Friday with my design for the letter T. In the meantime, why not have a look at my previous ABC challenge designs? You can also follow the links below to see what other nail artists have done for the letter S.





6 comments :

  1. So pretty! I love all the glitter on this mani; it turned out really lovely.

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  2. Beautiful !!! I love your colors !!

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  3. Very nice; love the colour combo! I've been wanting to do one of these, but it never feels like the right time in terms of patience available!

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    1. Thank you! Definitely pick polishes that are more pigmented so that each gradient doesn't take like four coats to be opaque!

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