Thanksgiving is a time for being grateful, family and friends, eating food...and dressing to impress💃.
Whats the most important part of a good outfit? Great nails! These gradient nails will impress everyone at the dinner table or zoom party! This look took me under 30 min to do 🤩.
Nailpolish: I used a mix of Gellen and Beetles gel nailpolish (Check out the kits on Amazon!) to get these muted fall colors 🍂. You can also use regular nailpolish to get this look and apply a topcoat to get that glossier effect of a gel.
How-to Gradient: Here's where you can get ceeative 🎨 Choose 5 colors that are similar to each other in value/color. If you only have 3 or 4 similar colors you can combine them to create a new shade to cover all 5 nails. An example would be mixing two colors together on a dish to create your DIY shade, or you can layer different colors inbetween drying. Channel your inner turkey to choose those Thanksgiving themed colors 🦃.
In-Depth Gradient Gel Tutorial:
Step 1) Prep your cuticles! First, soak your nails in water so that removal is easy-peasy. You can use a cuticle clipper, liquid cuticle remover, or push them back with a cuticle stick so that your nailpolish applies only on the nail (looks messier and can chip easier if nailpolish is on cuticle).
Step 2) Use a nail buffer to buff over each nail; creating a foundation for your nailpolish. This step is crucial for longlasting, chip-free nails. Wipe excess nail dust off with towel.
Step 3) Apply a basecoat to your nails and cure in your UV or LED nail lamp for apx. 30 seconds. Apply a nail hardener next for strong nails (optional).
Step 4) Apply 1 layer of nailpolish to each nail to create your gradient. Starting from the pinky I used the lightest cream color to the dark maroon on my thumb. The middle 3 colors were all pre-mixed to the desired shade before application. Cure for apx. 30 seconds.
Step 5) Paint a second layer onto each nail and cure apx. 30 seconds. Repeat a third layer to each nail if desired.
Step 6) Now, do you want a matte or a gloss topcoat 🤔? You can do either with gel, but I chose a regular gloss topcoat for this look. Apply to each nail and cure apx. 60 seconds.
Step 7) Admire your fab new nails 💅 Dab some nail polish remover to a cotton ball and go over each nail once to remove any sticky/tacky texture.
Your Thanksgiving nails will look 🔥 if you follow my gradient tutorial! Pro tips: Apply nailpolish in thin shades for each layer to avoid bubbling. Paint the nail tips and sides to "wrap" the polish over your nail and avoid future chipping.
Are you planning a Thanksgiving nail look? What colors would you use? Let me know in the comments below.
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