MANI MONDAY: Coral Gradient with Floral Stamping

by - March 18, 2019

Hey guys! For the second half of March, our #CBBxManiMonday theme is Living Coral to reflect the Pantone Colour Of The Year. I feel like this theme is really going to intensify my desire to get my feet into some flip flops because coral is such a summer staple for me. I didn't have a ton of time to put this mani together as I've been working hard to put together a rad bridal shower for my best friend, so I kept it simple and paired a pretty coral gradient with some black floral stamping!

Keep reading to see how I got this mani!

I started with a coat of Ceramic Glaze I'm On Island Time, which is a pale neon coral that dries to a matte finish. I applied a coat of liquid latex to protect the cuticle and then used a makeup sponge to create my gradient using my base colour along with Hit The Bottle Peaches N Scream Stamping Polish. It's almost a shame to waste the stamping polish, but it's so pigmented that it builds a gradient really quickly and that's what I was going for. Once I had built my gradient to opacity (about three passes with my makeup sponge) I used a thin coat of KBShimmer Prism Break to add a little bit of glitz and to really make sure there was a good blend between the two gradient shades.

For the stamping, I used Maniology Straight Up Black Stamping Polish along with the Maniology + Paulina's Passions BM-XL216 Stamping Plate. I love this mage because it's clearly floral, but it's also a little bit abstract and fills the nail really well without obscuring the base too much. That's definitely a thing that I personally think about when choosing stamping images. I don't tend to love a solid colour base for a lot of my stamping and I feel like well chosen images can actually really pop the base rather than take away from it. 

I finished with a coat of Seche Vive Top Coat, which usually doesn't smear my stamping but actually did a little bit this time, but I didn't really have time to redo it so I just left it. And voila!

All Products Used
Ceramic Glaze - I'm On Island Time
Hit The Bottle Stamping Polish - Peaches N Scream
KBShimmer - Prism Break
Maniology Straight Up Black Stamping Polish
Maniology (Bundle Monster) + Paulina's Passions BM-XL216 Stamping Plate
Seche Vive Top Coat

I feel like a coral gradient is a really great way to use coral polishes for nail art. Whether you want to stamp over it like me or just leave it as a plain gradient, it looks really subtle and sort of subtle. Personally, I love it!

Don't forget to head over to See The World In PINK and Cosmetic Proof to check out what's on their nails today!

Thanks for reading!

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