Gradient Nails Confessions of a Nail Addict

nailsYes. I will confess I am hot on the nail bandwagon. It seems like everywhere you look you see the fantastic nail art. When celebrities are walking the red carpet, paparazzi are doing a zoom in on their nails. Who did what to their nails with what outfit? Not everyone can afford a couture dress, but nail art is something fun anyone can afford. With just a bit of time to practice that hot nail design can be at your fingertips too. If you ever wanted to know how to get gradient nails its simple.


First, I always do a few things to get ready for the nail painting time.

– Make sure you have everything out that you are going to need to create your nail look. Have all the items in an easy to reach distance.

– It may sound silly, but it’s a great idea to take a quick trip to the bathroom before starting. It’s the worst when you just rocked an amazing manicure and you ruin it because you forgot to, well you know….

– Make sure your cell phone is easy to get to, and I like to pour a glass of water before sitting down to start.

For my polish looks I always go with Zoya nail polishes. With the Zoya brand you will find everything you need and more. Zoya Nail Polish is a nail polish free of toluene, formaldehyde, DBP (phthalates) and camphor. Nail Polish by Zoya offers gives you 300 gorgeous polish colors to choose from, and every year Zoya comes out with 4 seasonal collections to add to your arsenal of colors. Zoya Nail Polish was specifically formulated to give you the longest wear possible on natural nails.

Gradient nails Zoya
Todays look I used

Zoya Nail Polish | Ivanka

Zoya Nail Polish | Mimi

Zoya Armor Top Coat

Zoya Remove Plus Nail Polish Remover, in the cool Big Flipper Bottle


– Scotch-tape

– Q-tips

– Nail polish remover

– A paper towel (for blotting the sponge)

– Scissors

– Manicure stick / and or polish brush

– A triangle makeup sponge

– Top coat polish

– Two or Three nail polish colors


Pick out your colors of polish and a topcoat. You can pick colors that compliment each other or pick out something that clashes. Remember to have fun with this and don’t be afraid to experiment with different color combinations.

Take your makeup sponge and cut it about the size of your nail. I like using these because they are already tapered giving you something to hold onto while the other end is flat.

Make sure to wipe your nails free of oil so the polish stays as long as possible. Then, apply one layer of the base color onto clean nails. Use the lighter of the colors you’re working with as the base for the best results. Allow the polish about 10 minutes to dry before going to the next step.

Once the nails are dry it’s time to get to the fun part. Always open all the polishes before you start. I like to tape off my nails with scotch-tape. This makes for a much easier cleanup. Taking the scotch tape, tape all around your nail. Except for your nail, which should be tape free.

Apply a single line of the darkest color to the edge of your sponge. The first time, I went over the line twice so that there was enough polish to transfer to the nail. Next, use the second darkest color and make another line above that one. Coat it twice also.

NOTE: you want to work somewhat quickly so the polish doesn’t dry out.

Line the top of the sponge up with the tip of your nail and when you’re ready, give it a mid-firm press. Bounce it up and down a couple times in that spot. DON’T BE SCARED that you’re going to mess it up because you’re not. If you keep it in the same general spot it will be just fine. It doesn’t have to be exact. If it’s a little off each time you bounce it up and down, that’s actually good because it blends the colors even more

Re-apply a line, of each polish color to the sponge for every nail. You may have to blot the sponge if it stokes up too much polish and the lines are bleeding too much into one another.

You will have to do this step about two times to achieve the depth of color you want.

Once you have removed the tape that’s around your nails. Take a little polish remover and a Q-tip and clean up the extra paint.

You can use a small paintbrush or a manicure stick dipped in nail polish remover and you will be able to get close to your cuticles for precise cleanup.

Apply a topcoat once the polish has dried completely. The topcoat will also make it look more blended.