Water Based Nail Polish

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Sponge Gradient Nails Using Acquarella and Piggy Paint Nail Polish

Sponge Gradient Nails

Sponge Gradient Nails

Water-based nail polishes may not come in as many colors and finishes as regular nail polish, but you can come up with new looks using simple nail art. Here is a tutorial on how to get sponge gradient nails. For this manicure I used water based nail polishes from Acquarella and Piggy Paint. You can use any brands or colors of water based nail polish that you like. It is also fun to use various finishes in the gradient. You might want to start with cremes and end with sparkly polishes at the tips of your nails.

Steps for Sponge Gradient Nails:

  • Paint your nails with a layer of clear base coat and allow it to dry.
  • Paint your nails with the lightest color of nail polish that you have chosen. Allow your nails to fully dry.
  • Tear up a make-up sponge into 3 small pieces.
  • Start with your second lightest color of nail polish. Paint the polish onto one of the pieces of sponge.
Sponges Used for Painting Gradient Nails

Sponges Used for Painting Gradient Nails

  • Use the piece of sponge to sponge paint your nail. Start at the tip of your nail and work your way down, stopping before you get to the bottom 1/4 of your nail. Try to feather the polish where it ends, rather than making it straight across. Add more polish to the sponge before moving on to the next nail.
  • Repeat with a new piece of sponge and your next color of nail polish, but this time stop 1/2 way down your nail.
  • Finish with one more piece of sponge and your last color of nail polish. This time only sponge paint the tips of your nails.
  • Apply 2 coats of clear top coat over the colored polish. Allow to dry.
  • Remove excess polish from your skin and cuticles with Q-tips dipped in water or nail polish remover meant for water based nail polish.

Enjoy your beautiful gradient nails!

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This entry was posted on August 16, 2012 by in Acquarella, Nail Art, Piggy Paint, Water-Based Polish Info and tagged , .
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