Saturday, June 9, 2012

Out with the old in with the new!

Hi Readers!  Today I have another neon gradient! OMG stop already.  And seriously I had to take this sucker off after a few hours.  It was just too bright for me lol!  I decided to do this mani two different ways on each hand to show you the differences between the old way of gradienting and the new way.  The old way I used to do it was to sponge on each color one at a time and try my best to blend in.  The new way I'm doing it AND loving it is by painting the sponge directly with the polish in the order I want it on my nails and then dabbing onto the nail to blend.  Some people say you need to use a damp sponge--I have used both damn and dry with the same results.  I have also placed the polish in the order I want it onto a stamping plate and then dabbing the sponge into it and then dabbing onto the nails--again the result is pretty much the same.
Here's the pics hopefully you can see for yourself the difference.  First up is the "old" way.  I started with a base coat of white and then sponged on the neon
OOOH I forgot to mention I attempted a neon water marble lol!  Trying to marble with neon is SUPER HARD.  I was trying for a neon flames look and failed miserably!  To get this look I started with a base of white then dabbed on a bright blue I used H&M Nail Him! then I went with La Femme Beauty in Ulta Yellow and I was disappointed because I really wanted to keep the blue blue however the yellow over it caused it to go green.  Next up I sponged on China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasty and finished with China Glaze Purple Panic at the tips.   
While this looks okay it does not look like the smooth gradients I've been doing lately
I marbled by ring and thumb as accents since there was no way I could stand doing an entire mani of neon marbling lol!
See how the blue muddied into the yellow for this marble?  Neons do not drag well at all!
Now here's my normal as of late gradienting
This one is much smoother, instead of seeing chunky pieces of color they look well blended.
This is just WAY too bright for me though lol!
I did do a top/bottom comparison for you though so it's easier to see the difference between the two.  The top is the new, better and smoother way and the bottom is the old chunky and clunky way!
What do you think Readers?  Can you tell the difference between the two?  Does one appeal to you more than the other?  Did this post make your eyes bleed because it was so bright?

Thanks for stopping by!! I hope you all have a fantastic day!


  1. lol even though this is mega bright I still think its great. love that you compared the old and new gradient techniques!

  2. OMG it is bright! Neons just about kill me!

  3. oooh girl i just had a 70s flash back!

  4. Oh I gotta try it the new way! I can tell the difference and I always did mine the old way and got similar gradients.

    I like the water marbled nails, they remind me to a tie dye shirt! :]

  5. I do like the new one, and omg this is so neon and awesomeee!

  6. I can see the difference, and I like the new method, for myself too. I love the watermarbling :D You should've stamped over these bad boys to tame them down a bit.