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Nail Art How To: Sponged Gradient Hearts

Nail Art How To: Sponged Gradient Hearts

02.10.16

By niwp_admin

Show your love of nail art with these gradient hearts! Carly showed off her skills by explaining step-by-step how she made this manicure. See what supplies you need and check out her technique!

Supplies Needed:

  • Base coat
  • Fast-drying top coat (like Seche Vite)
  • At least 3 colors; 1 for your base color and at least 2 for your gradient
  • Scotch tape
  • Small scissors (like scissors from a sewing kit)
  • Cosmetic wedge sponge
  • STEP 1

    Paint your nails with base coat, then apply your base color to desired opacity. Over top, apply a thin coat of a fast-drying top coat like Seche Vite.

    SLIDE 1 OF 9
  • STEP 2

    Once your nails are dry, rip off a section of Scotch tape and fold the tape in half, making sure to keep the ends separate so you can open the tape back up after.

    SLIDE 2 OF 9
  • STEP 3

    Use your small scissors (like small ones from a sewing kit) and cut your half-heart design into the folded edge of the tape; the same way you would cut a piece of paper if you were making a heart-shaped valentine card. Then, peel the ends of the tape apart and look at your heart. You may need to do this over a couple of times until you are happy with the size and shape of the cutout hole for the heart.

    SLIDE 3 OF 9
  • STEP 4

    Before moving on, make sure that your nails are completely dry. Wait at least 20 minutes after applying Seche Vite to be safe. Once you are certain your nails are dry, apply your tape to the nail and place the heart-shaped cutout where you want it. Make sure to press down completely around all edges of the heart to be sure that polish will not seep underneath.

    SLIDE 4 OF 9
  • STEP 5

    Next, get out your cosmetic wedge sponge and paint two colors in lines onto the sponge. Typically applying the polish to the sponge 2-3 times ensures that all of the polish is not absorbed. 

    SLIDE 5 OF 9
  • STEP 6

    Lining up the colors with the tape, stamp the sponge onto your nail; the first stamp should look something like this.

    SLIDE 6 OF 9
  • STEP 7

    Working quickly, apply your polish to the sponge again and stamp your nail, this time stamping slightly above where the colors meet, and then sponging a third time, below where the colors meet. You may have to do this a few times until you are happy with the blend, but make sure to work quickly! If the polish dries too much it will be difficult to get the tape off. After sponging three times, this is what it looked like.

    SLIDE 7 OF 9
  • STEP 7

    Next, carefully peel the tape off, from one side to another, making sure not to remove it too quickly or it may take some of the polish with it.

    SLIDE 8 OF 9
  • STEP 8

    Wait a few minutes for the polish to dry to reduce smudging. Then clean up any extra polish with acetone, apply a top coat, and you're done!


    Follow Carly's nail art on Instagram @carlysisoka

    [Courtesy of Carly E.]

    SLIDE 9 OF 9
  • STEP 1

    Paint your nails with base coat, then apply your base color to desired opacity. Over top, apply a thin coat of a fast-drying top coat like Seche Vite.

  • STEP 2

    Once your nails are dry, rip off a section of Scotch tape and fold the tape in half, making sure to keep the ends separate so you can open the tape back up after.

  • STEP 3

    Use your small scissors (like small ones from a sewing kit) and cut your half-heart design into the folded edge of the tape; the same way you would cut a piece of paper if you were making a heart-shaped valentine card. Then, peel the ends of the tape apart and look at your heart. You may need to do this over a couple of times until you are happy with the size and shape of the cutout hole for the heart.

  • STEP 4

    Before moving on, make sure that your nails are completely dry. Wait at least 20 minutes after applying Seche Vite to be safe. Once you are certain your nails are dry, apply your tape to the nail and place the heart-shaped cutout where you want it. Make sure to press down completely around all edges of the heart to be sure that polish will not seep underneath.

  • STEP 5

    Next, get out your cosmetic wedge sponge and paint two colors in lines onto the sponge. Typically applying the polish to the sponge 2-3 times ensures that all of the polish is not absorbed. 

  • STEP 6

    Lining up the colors with the tape, stamp the sponge onto your nail; the first stamp should look something like this.

  • STEP 7

    Working quickly, apply your polish to the sponge again and stamp your nail, this time stamping slightly above where the colors meet, and then sponging a third time, below where the colors meet. You may have to do this a few times until you are happy with the blend, but make sure to work quickly! If the polish dries too much it will be difficult to get the tape off. After sponging three times, this is what it looked like.

  • STEP 7

    Next, carefully peel the tape off, from one side to another, making sure not to remove it too quickly or it may take some of the polish with it.

  • STEP 8

    Wait a few minutes for the polish to dry to reduce smudging. Then clean up any extra polish with acetone, apply a top coat, and you're done!


    Follow Carly's nail art on Instagram @carlysisoka

    [Courtesy of Carly E.]

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