Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Purple and Aqua Animal Print Gradient

This mani was actually a happy accident ... I started out trying to just do a gradient, since I desperately need more practice in that area. My base color was OPI Fly, the middle sponge area is OPI Purple With a Purpose and the top sponge area is OPI Pamplona Purple.

I wasn't thrilled with the way the colors were blending, but loved the combination of the three cool shades. It seemed like it needed something else laid over it to help hide the blending lines. My go-to design tool is glitter, but since I'm going out of town this weekend and will probably do my nails again Friday night, I decided I didn't want to deal with the hassle of glitter removal. I opted for the animal print and used my black Stripe Rite polish to do a combination of leopard spots and zebra stripes. The whole thing ended up a little abstract, but it's an awesome effect and am considering doing a pink/orange version with white animal print overlaid with a shimmer.

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