Monday, 25 June 2012

dip dye nails

17 'holding hands' | natural collection 'crystal clear' | models own nail art pen | leighton denny 'babydoll'

I've been loving these dip dye nails lately and have been experimenting with lots of different colour combinations (the above being my favourite so far!) so I thought it was about time I done a blog post on them! They're really easy to do, require almost no nail art skills at all and aren't messy as you'd imagine!

It only occurred to me after painting them that it would have been a good idea to create a step by step guide with photographs but they're pretty simple to do, so I think these instructions should be enough!

001. Paint your nails in your base coat and allow to dry fully.

002. Pour some of your 2nd colour (I used the mint green) onto a piece of paper and then pour an equal amount of clear polish on top and mix them both together. You don't need to use the clear polish but I find it makes the polish easier to work with and more transparent, creating a softer gradient.

003. Using a nail art or paintbrush paint a layer of your mixed polishes onto your nail, from the tip to about 50% down the nail. Don't worry if it's barely visible, we're going to build up the layers.

004. Once the first layer has dried, paint another layer on top of the first, this time only covering about 30% of the nail. Apply a few more layers, judging with your eye, until you're happy with the gradient.

005. You can stop here and apply a top coat, but I love whipping out my Models Own nail art pen and adding some leopard print as a finishing touch!

Let me know if you decide to try them, I'd love to see the results!

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46 comments

  1. These look fab - definitely going to give them a go! I especially love the Leighton Denny shade <3 Beaut'

    x

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  2. these are loverly !! i am definatly going to try this !!! i lovvee them !!!

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  3. Stunning! x

    brutalfashionandbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Oh wow what a great idea, love the colours you picked too, so pretty!
    Faye x

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  5. love this, might have to try it! x

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  6. I will definitely be trying this soon! :) x

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  7. This look so pretty, I need to try it out. x

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  8. These are absolutely beautiful, I love them!
    it sounds like they take alot of attention but i'm willing to give them a go! Think I would cry when they start to chip though aha

    poppy

    http://letsdrivefaraway.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

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  9. Wow, I would never have thought of doing anything like these - they look amazing!

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  10. Thanks so much for this tutorial! I've tried doing the gradient technique with a sponge, only to absolutely fail with bits of sponge sticking to my nails! Gross! Can't wait to try this!

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    1. I find the sponge method so messy too, I always end up with nail polish over my fingers! This way is a lot neater and I think you can create a more subtle gradient :) x

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  11. these look awesome, I love them! will definitely be trying out this weekend - thank you so much for posting the tutorial, nail art confuses me so much, haha! x

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    1. I'm glad you like it! As far as nail art goes I think this is pretty easy. The leopard print takes practice, but creating the gradient is simple enough. Would love to see yours if you try it! x

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  12. These are so cool! Definitely going to try it :) x
    Sirens and Bells

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  13. Wow, those are gorgeous! Definitely going to try those out.

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  14. These are so gorgeous, I love the colours! I think you should do my nails for me ;) XO

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    1. If you lived closer I definitely would! I don't have enough female friends who let me paint their nails! :( x

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  15. They look amazing! I hope they are as easy as you make out, will give them a go tonight!

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  16. I'll be trying this out, I've seen a few tutorials now but this one sounds good! Thanks for posting :)

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  17. Thanks for the tutorial I've been wandering how to do these for ages! :)

    Rhiannon xxx

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  18. Love this look - thanks for the tutorial! Xo

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  19. These look amazing. I'll definitely be trying it out, and the colours you've chosen look so good together! x

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  20. Oooh I love this and how the nails look! Have seen a wet sponge method before but it didn't work for me so will be giving this a go x

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    1. I used to use the sponge method and it's so much mess and hassle compared to doing it this way! Hope they turn out well :) x

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  21. Amazing! Totally inspired xx

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  22. Ooh wow, I might give this a go - will show you the results! Maybe without the leopard though seeing as I'm not blessed with your skills!

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  23. love your nails!! wish I had the patience to do nice nails :p your blog is lovely :) following! check mine out if u get the chance

    Sasha xxx

    www.fashpashblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. Great tutorial, I've tried gradients before with a sponge with mixed results, so hopefully the paint brush method will give me more success! x

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  25. They look absolutely amazing! I love how worse for wear your Model's Own pen looks, I reckon he gets a lot of love! X

    Rosie | A Rosie Outlook

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    I would really appreciate it if you could check it out and follow if you like it!
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  27. These look amazing, I love the dip-dyed effect! x

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  28. Your nails are amazing!! I really need to try this :) xx

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  29. perfection. i love the quality of the photo as well, they almost look 3d. wow! liloo/@tsunimee xx

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  30. great tutorial! i've been looking at the sponge ombre nails but this looks so much easier!

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  31. this is too cute! love the blog btw :)


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  32. These look amazing, i love the quality of the photo as well,

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