St Patrick's Day Gold and Green Gradient Manicure!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

St Patrick's Day is coming up, and I always love any excuse to wear green! This time, for my St Patrick's Day nails, I decided to attempt a gradient manicure - sideways!

For this look I used three shades - a darker green, a lighter green, and a gold. The darker green was Etude House Petit Darling Nails GR609, the lighter colour was Nicole by OPI One Time Lime (OMG Yes I actually own a Justin Bieber polish! Well it was on sale and I was in the US on holiday...), and the gold was Collection 2000 (now known as Collection Cosmetics) Aztec Gold (which I really love and have worn before as an NOTD by itself).

The gradient was done using a sponge technique (I've talked about that in a previous gradient nails post), which I'm sure most of you already know about. This time however, I tried to do it sideways. The idea was that you would see my nails morphing from dark green to light green to gold, from my pinky to my thumb.

I wanted the gradient to be just on my four index fingers sans the thumb (so my thumb could be a solid gold colour), so I just divided the space on my 4 fingers between 3 colours (so each colour got 1 and 1/3 of fingernail space...does that even make sense?). And then I sponged accordingly. The pinky and index were painted a solid colour, but all other fingers were sponged. Ummmm...well I'm not too sure how it turned out. I kinda think that this was a loser gradient. It didn't really fade nicely, and because the gradient areas were like, at 1/3 and 2/3 of nails instead of down in the middle, I think it makes the gradient effect a little less visible.

st patricks day gradient mancure 2

I didn't really take too many photos of this, because I didn't reallly like how it turned out, but oh well, here you are! My St Patrick's Day gradient nails!


  1. Love the gradient. The green is pretty too. Very Wicked-like haha

  2. What a great idea, I love how it goes across instead of up. These are wonderful colours as well x


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