As you can see, I tried to leave some space at the bottom of my nail (between the polish and cuticle) to let my nails breathe a little bit. It's pretty noticable on my ring finger, but that's ok! Nobody in real-life is gonna be looking that close.
I was always intrigued by gradient/ombré effects. By gradient and ombré, I mean that cool fading technique used in artwork. I've seen it everywhere on clothing, people's nails, and on the runway. It's definitely nothing new, but I decided to finally give it a shot. I used a makeup wedge sponge, two different shades of blue polish, a black polish, and a blue/green sparkle reflect polish. I thought a blue gradient would be appropriate to emulate the sea for summer. Unfortunately, it didn't turn out as nicely as I had hoped. The colors didn't blend as well as I wanted them to and the gradient was not very visually smooth. I guess it's ok if you're not looking close, but I'm very particular. If you see what I mean:
The technique used was actually simple. I think it's even easier and faster than painting the complete nail and the entire look took around 10 minutes. If you don't think this was too much of a complete fail and you want to learn the technique, you can try it using this video. I think this comes to show that trial and error will come when trying new things. I will take a go at this some other time soon!