Friday, March 14, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow & Pot o' Gold Nails

Rather than going a standard "green nails" route for some St. Patrick's Day themed nails, I thought I'd take things in a more rainbow/pot of gold direction. HOPE THAT'S COOL WITH YOU!

Sponged gradient rainbow nail polish


Colors used:
Snow Me White - Sinful Colors (white)
Ruby Ruby - Sinful Colors (red)
Fuzzy Navel - Ruby Kisses (orange)
Lightening - Sally Hansen Insta Dri (yellow)
Envy - Sinful Colors (green)
Midnight Blue - Sinful Colors (blue)
Amethyst - Sinful Colors (purple)
Stiletto - Revlon (black)
Big Spender - Nina Ultra Pro (gold)
Crystal Gold - Love & Beauty (gold)
#077 - Color Club (gold)

Rainbow sponged gradient nail polish, with a pot of gold accent nail


I started off with a coat of Snow Me White on all my nails, and followed that up by taping all of my fingers the same way you may have seen me do in this nail tutorial. That step isn't totally necessary, but it most definitely cuts down on clean-up time later.

Rainbow sponge gradient for nails


Next I grabbed a makeup sponge and painted a stripe of each color of the rainbow onto the sponge before quickly dabbing the sponge on my nails. I reapplied the rainbow colors to the sponge between each nail. For the thumb I painted the bottom half of the nail black and then used mixed coats of all 3 gold polishes to cover the top half of the nail. Update tip: I find it's a good idea to twist all of your nail polish bottles open (while still leaving the cap on) and line them up, ready to swipe onto the makeup sponge. It's a pain in the butt to have to twist them each open right before you swipe them onto the sponge, especially because you don't want the polishes to dry on the sponge before it gets to your nail!

Pot of gold nails - black base with a gold glittery top






 To finish off, I gave the rainbow nails a top coat to help smooth the colors together better.

St. Patrick's Day nails, rainbow with a pot of gold

Are you going to do anything crazy this weekend for St. Patrick's Day? I actually don't even know if Canadians celebrate this holiday... I'll have to find out. Anyway - whatever you're doing this weekend - keep it real and have funnnnn!

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20 comments:

  1. Oh friend..this manicure turned out PERFECTLY! Plus, I'm kind of swooning over your brain right now for coming up with this idea. Such a perfect spin on a St. Paddy's mani!!! Also--I hate you a little for mastering the gradient thing. But only a little bit. Because I mostly love you haha

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  2. I like your take on St. Patty's Day nails by doing a rainbow theme and not just green nails. So cute, dear!

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    1. Thanks Cheryl! I love green polish, but couldn't resist trying a rainbow gradient this time :)

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  3. WHAT THE WHAT THE WHAT?!?! This is incredible, Bailey. INCREDIBLE! I can't even handle it!! So perfect for St. Patty's Day!! (Side Note: How did I forget that it was coming up?! I need to get a theme mani done, STAT!)

    GAH! I just keep scrolling up and then back to the comment box because I seriously can't believe how awesome it looks!! I know it's not a competition, but you totally win for Best St. Patty's Day Manicure of All Time.

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  4. SO pretty!! I love their colors! I haven't been there recently so haven't gotten a chance to check out their glitters yet- but the gold one you used here is really nice! I am very amazed at how awesome those polishes are!

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  5. This is INCREDIBLE!! I want to try this tonight!!

    Jenna from Visions of Vogue

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    1. Thank you Jenna!! I'd love to see it if you do try it - tweet me a pic @akaBailey or Instagram @akaBaileyBlog :)

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  6. OH MY GOSH that is so cool!!!! I am going to have to try this!!!

    Polished Portland

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    1. Thank you!! And are you in Portland, OR? I lived there for most of 2012! :)

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    2. Yes I am! I just tried to do this and my nails didn't look nearly as good as yours. I gave up after starting over four times :( how close together did you paint the colors on the sponge? Was there a space between them or were they touching?

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  7. This is such a cool ombré!!

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  8. Okay, I love the rainbow ombre/gradient! But the patience you must have to do one....ah yi yi :-)

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    1. I agree it's definitely a more time-intensive task - especially with so many colors!

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  9. How clever is that?! I love it, and next year I'm stealing it. :)

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  10. UGH! Stop being so good at your nails. You're making me look bad!

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  11. Super impressed with your mani skills!

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    1. Thanks Nicole! Just takes a bit of practice - I'm still trying to get it perfect :)

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