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Polka Dot Gradation Manicure

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By beautopia · September 26, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Sorry I've been MIA for a few days... I haven't really mentioned it on the blog, but I'm getting married in two weeks! We've been so busy that I haven't had a lot of time for nail-related stuff. Besides there being a million wedding things to do, the whole family has been sick on and off for a few weeks, our kiddo has had lots of soccer stuff going on and there just seems to be tons and tons of stuff to do. I'm also a worrier. Something is wrong if I don't have something to worry about, but luckily there's plenty to be anxious about in the near future... Just for a quick FYI if you're interested, my fiancé and I have been together for almost 9 years (on and off, lol) and we have a 6-year-old little girl, and we're finally ready to tie the knot. It's going to be a lot of fun and I promise to post some photos after I get them. So think about me and wish me luck on 10-10-10!

Anyway, here's a manicure I did tonight because I just felt it was time to some fun nail art after this hellish week. I used an awesome Essence polish from the Surfer Girl collection as the base. It was sent to me in a swap from the lovely Michelle from The Lacquer Files (one of a ton of amazing polishes she sent that I'll be sharing with you over the next couple weeks). Over it I did dot's in varying colors:

From bottom to top:

Color Club Pretty in Platinum ($2.49)
Mix of Color Club Pretty in Platinum and OPI Who The Shrek Are You? ($5.24)
OPI Who the Shrek Are You?
Mix of OPI Who the Shrek Are You? and CND Urban Oasis ($10 as part of Night Factory set)
CND Urban Oasis
Wet n Wild Black ($.99)

I used a small dotting tool and applied the dots diagonally all the way up. It's far from perfect and I think it looks more graduated and pretty in person, but oh well. I love the look of it on grey and how it almost looks textured. I've been wanting to do a gradation manicure, but I figured I'd give this a try first. Honestly I'm really afraid of failure on the straight-up gradation... I'm sort of confused on how to do it to be honest. I've tried it with a sponge and didn't love it. Perhaps I need to use different polishes or try another method. Have you ever tried a gradation on your nails? What's you favorite gradation method?

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This is awesome


I love it!!! :) Congrats on getting married girl ! :)

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so pretty! congrats on getting married!

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CONGRATULATIONS! oh, 10/10/10? nice date and day to get married. btw, i love the manicure. so nice! my jaw literally dropped. haha. you're such an inspiration!

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Thank you girls so much!! I'm dead excited, I don't know what to do with myself, lol. and teaplayground: THANK YOU that is awesome, glad you liked it. It was basically a product of me being too much of a coward to attempt real gradation, but it turned out well. Marbling is another thing I'm avoiding... so sad.

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Oh Karrie I loooove this! I'll be definitely using this one for some inspiration :-)

If I don't talk to you before the wedding, have a great day!

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haha, yeap, it sure did turned out good. i'm sure i'll try it out one day, but i guess i'll have to do some practice cos i just can't seem to get the dots of relatively even size even when i use a dotting tool. I avoided marbling after 2 attempt too, simply because i can't get the shape to work and it's such a horrid mess to work with.

oh, and have you thought about what mani to sport on your wedding day? i'm sure your readers/followers will be interested to know too!

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WOWOWOW this is super amazing fantastico! i can NEVER do polka dots haha, and they seem so simple! you surely make them look like art :) love this color combo too!

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Super, duper cool! May your wedding day will be as perfect as your nails:)

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This is the most delicious polka dot mani I have ever seen. Just adore it. Thank you!

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