Manicure Monday: Dry Brush Gradient – no tools needed!

Manicure Monday: Dry Brush Gradient
Gradients, ombres, whatever you want to call it, they’re definitely in style right now. They look great on your nails and you’ve probably seen many different ways to create gradient nails. Today’s Manicure Monday, we bring you a hassle free technique that requires no nail art tools, for those of you that aren’t into that stuff. And here we present: the dry brush gradient!

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Apply a base coat.

Manicure Monday: Dry Brush Gradient
For the obvious reasons.

Apply a white base.

Manicure Monday: Dry Brush Gradient

This will help the colors pop and give you the base to create that textured gradient.

Start with your lightest color.

Manicure Monday: Dry Brush Gradient
We decided on a pink gradient, so we started with Essie’s Van D’Go.

Scrape off excess polish.

Manicure Monday: Dry Brush Gradient

Use the neck of the bottle to scrap off excess polish.

Manicure Monday: Dry Brush Gradient
You also want to do a few strokes on a piece of paper to ensure you get that dry brush texture.

Create quick strokes on the top of the nail.

Manicure Monday: Dry Brush Gradient
Gently do quick strokes on the nail, focusing the lightest color at the top.

Do the same with a medium color.

Manicure Monday: Dry Brush Gradient

Now do the same with a medium color. We are using Essie’s Castaway.

Finish with the darkest color.

Manicure Monday: Dry Brush Gradient

To finish your gradient, apply your darkest color (still using quick strokes). We used Essie’s Bottle Service.

Finish with a top coat.

Manicure Monday: Dry Brush Gradient

This will give you the shine, and also help blend your colors together for a smoother gradient.

Finished!

Manicure Monday: Dry Brush Gradient

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