NAIL ART: Pink & Yellow Gradient Tiger Print Nails

by - July 27, 2022


I have to say, I'm fully back down a rabbit hole of wanting to do gradient nails, which is convenient since it's such a great base for a lot of different summer nail designs. I've also really, really been enjoying putting together gradients using stamping polishes from Pueen - they just perform and blend so beautifully together for such an effortless gradient application. When I showed this mani to my best friend, she said that her immediate first thought was Vince Neil Pants and I really, really don't know why I love that very specific 80s hair band reference, but I really, really do!

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It's been a while since I've done a vertical gradient, but I knew it would be the perfect option for the stamping I intended to do with this mani so I decided to go for it. Because I was planning on the tiger striped stamping, I considered going with more traditionally tiger-like colors, but in the end I decided to not be quite so on the nose and I went with yellow and pink instead. 

To do the gradient, I started by applying one coat of a nearly-white base polish to all of my nails and letting that dry down as my base. You could also go in with the lightest shade of your gradient or just a straight up white base, but you need some sort of base to build off of. Next, I applied the Pueen Latex Cuticle Barrier to all of my fingers to protect my cuticles and make clean up a little bit easier and let that dry down as well. Finally, I went in with my sponging to create the gradient. It only took two passes on each nail to get the blend and opacity that I was looking for and I think the soft peachy shade created at the center of the nail is just stunning. 

For the stamping, I really wanted to keep it simple and straight forward. The tiger stripe stamping image from the Pueen Animal Safari 01 Stamping Plate* is a really beautiful one that has a good balance between those really impactful lines and the gaps between them that show through to the base. As I tend to do most times when I create a mani using the same image on all of my nails, I alternated the direction of my image placement to add some dimension to the overall look and keep it from looking too samey. This is honestly one of my favorite tips if you're just starting out in nail art - a little flip can make a huge difference in the overall design.

Once I was happy with my stamping, I removed my cuticle barrier and crisped up the edges of the design using a clean up brush dipped in acetone before sealing in the design with a nail art top coat. Finally, I decided to take down the shine by applying a matte top coat to all of my nails and voila!

All Products Used
Color Club - Astro-Naughty
Pueen Cosmetics - 804 Bright Yellow*
Pueen Cosmetics - 808 Sweet Pink*
Pueen Cosmetics - 805 Black Jack*
Apipila Smudge Free Top Coat
Cuticula Cloud Cover Matte Top Coat
Pueen Cosmetics Animal Safari 01 Stamping Plate*
Pueen Cosmetics Clear Stamper & Scraper*
Pueen Cosmetics Latex Tape Liquid Peel Off Cuticle Guard*

* = PR Samples. This post is in partnership with Pueen Cosmetics.

If you're looking for a nail design that will elongate your nails, look no further. Seriously, the combination of that vertical gradient with the direction of the stamping design is incredibly impactful at making your nails look distinctly longer. 

If you're interested in checking out any of the Pueen Cosmetics products that I used to create this mani, all of them are available from Amazon and so be sure to head over there and take a look!

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