Colors: I Just Can’t Cope-acabana (OPI), Where Did Suzi’s Man-go? (OPI), Live.Love.Carnaval (OPI), Black Shatter (OPI)
I got into nail art exactly three years ago, so to commemorate that, I thought it’d be fun to redo the manicure that started it all. The gradient mani with OPI’s Black Shatter on top is perfect for people who are hesitant about exploring nail art. There isn’t much finesse involved to achieve this look, so it’s really easy to reproduce consistent results with your non-dominant hand.
Start by picking out three nail polish colors that will blend well together. The colors I chose are bright and loud, but if you’re looking for something a little more reserved, consider skipping the shatter step and going for a monochrome gradient by choosing different shades from the same color family.
After applying a base manicure (mine was yellow), use a make-up sponge to sponge on two more colors that blend nicely into one another (start at the tip of the nail, and work your way up about 2/3 of the nail). Use a q-tip dipped in nail polish remover to clean up any excess nail polish you might have sponged onto the skin around your nails. Finally, apply Black Shatter (OPI) over the gradient, and then seal everything in with your favorite glossy top coat.
I love how my end result is reminiscent of summer. The black splotches from the shatter look like silhouettes against a sunset.
The best thing about the gradient mani is you can mix and match all kinds of color combos, so there are infinite possibilities. Let me know if you try out this look; I’d love to see your results!