NAIL ART: Springtime Sunset Silhouette Nails

by - April 09, 2021

We've definitely gotten to the point where the days are getting longer and there's something about the sweet spot we're in right now - when I get to the point in the evening when it's time to relax and take a  breath, the colours of the sky are just absolutely beautiful. So, of course, that's the reason that to me this is a springtime sunset gradient mani - I have a strong and very positive association with these colours in my head that I associate with this time of year. 

Anyway, keep reading for more!

Since I hate white bases but I knew that I needed a light base to really make this gradient pop, I started out with one coat of a very pale pastel blue shade as my base. Honestly, it's the distinctly better alternative to white for all of the reasons, so if you're like me and you hate a white base I totally recommend trying out a pastel one that works with your color picks. For this gradient, I wanted softness, but I also wanted the colours to have a richness to them, so I went with pastel neon polishes from Color Club in blue, purple, pink and peach to evoke that look of the spring sunset sky. I used a cosmetic sponge to apply the gradient and it took three layers of sponging to get to this opacity and blend.

I absolutely love silhouette stamping on a sunset gradient base and I've had my eye on these images from the Whats Up Nails B017 Stamping Plate with this mani in mind ever since I picked it up. I decided to go with black stamping polish to just really get that rich, strong contrast, though I did consider briefly going with a softer look using a lighter stamping polish. I used three different images for this mani and really considered the finished product as I chose how to place them. 

Once I was happy with my stamping, I sealed in my design with a water based top coat and then followed with a matte top coat to take down the shine and voila!

All Products Used
Color Club - Astro-Naughty
Color Club - Take A Chill Pill
Color Club - Pucci-Licious
Color Club - Wicker Park
Color Club - Get It, Girl!
Whats Up Nails - Straight Up Black
Maniology Smudge Free Top Coat
Quo Flash Dry Matte Top Coat
Whats Up Nails B017 Spring Elation Stamping Plate
Whats Up Nails Magnified Clear Stamper

There's something about spring and gradients for me, I don't know what it is. I just love 'em and want to do them all the time - so keep an eye out for more gradients coming up in the near future. And if you haven't yet, head over to @pblnails on Instagram and follow me there to see all of my nail art, including short video tutorials of all of my work!

Thanks for reading!

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