OK. Now that I've got that out of the way, let me just say that this challenge has seriously challenged me at every turn. I am very happy with the result.. but man. It was quite a thing getting to it.
Today just happens to be gradient day for both challenges I'm participating in: The Reddit Laqueristas 52 Week Challenge and the This Is Halloween Nail Art Challenge.
I have never done a gradient before. Technically, I am so new to all of this that everything I do is a first. I am the sort of person to jump in the deep end though. None of this two colour horizontal gradient thing. Oh no. I think I'll do a vertical tri colour gradient! What could go wrong? ಠ_ಠ. Well.. It turns out the answer is "a lot". But all's well that ends well.
Anywho! I love this. I mean.. look at it! It looks so much better in person though, these colours wouldn't photograph (see rant). My nails kinda look like glowing embers.
The gradient is sponged on (in three layers of sponging) using China Glaze Grape Pop, China Glaze Adventure Red-y and Essie Orange, It's Obvious! The glitter dots are Nubar Violet Sparkle, China Glaze Ruby Pumps and China Glaze Riveting.
I figured the colours were Halloweeny enough while still being a bit different.
The first problem I encountered was crappy make up sponges. They liked to disintergrate during the delicate sponging process. I eventually had to raid the cupboard in the laundry and cut up some old sponges used for shining shoes (lol) to get to the clean and non-greasy inside.
They wouldn't hold enough polish. They were so.. spongey. I eventually got them cooperating by making the coloured area on the sponge wider than my nail and then squishing the sponge to condense the area (and colour) before sponging. Success!
And then.. The damn colours, would not photograph. The purple was blue. The red was orange. I never learn. I have tried photographing these colours before without much success. I took a million pictures in every different lighting available. Eventually I found a couple pictures I managed to prod into some semblance of real life using photoshop. grumblegrumle.
Just be aware that the red is supposed to be there, and is rich and gorgeous. The purple is deeper and richer (especially the purple sparkles) and the orange is a bit deeper too.(end rant)
Next up for the Halloween challenge is Witches! Neat! And next week on the Reddit challenge we have "Orange".
Make sure you check out the other talented ladies below, also participating in the This Is Halloween challenge!