Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Beauty Buffs: Pastels - Gradient Nail Art

Press Sample: Forever Polished - Moon Shine

     The Beauty Buffs! The lovely Nory of Fierce Makeup and Nails started a group for some of us fashion and beauty bloggers. Every other Wednesday we'll post on a different theme and each of us will interpret it differently. It's really interesting to see how we're all so different. I'm a little late with today's post and I've seen what everyone else has done so far. Trust me, it's worth a looksie! 

     Today's post is about the spring fashion trend of pastels. I've also thrown in a small review for an gorgeous holo glitter topper. Don't miss out on the tutorial and link up after the jump!

Products Used

Sinful Colors Snow Me White
acrylic paints pictured
Rica Glossy Glam
large angled paintbrush 

1) I started with a white base. I mixed the fuchsia and purple paints with a bit of white to make them pastel. Then, I added a dot of each to the nail.

2) With the large angled brush, swipe the paint back and forth. Allow the first coat to dry and repeat until the colors build up to the desired opacity. 

3) Apply a topcoat to finish it off and seal in the design. 

Finished product: I used 3 swipes to get this look.

     These colors blended together so, so well! Using the paintbrush to make the gradient was much easier than using a makeup sponge. Plus it wasn't as messy! Anything with less clean up is an A+ in my book. 

Forever Polished - Moon Shine

one coat over above nail art
one coat Rica Glossy Glam

Moon Shine

clear base
small and medium silver holo hexes
silver holo moons
micro silver holo sparkles

Moon Shine

     This glitter topper applied beautifully and without problem. I got a few moons in the mix. I actually prefer a few rather than a ton of them. It dried on the quicker side and only needed one swipe of topcoat. 

Moon Shine

     I love this look! It's perfect for spring. The holo sparkles play up the base, plus it hides any imperfections in the nail art application. 

     So, how's my first The Beauty Buffs post? Are you excited to see what else is in store? Don't forget to check out the other ladies in the link up at the end of the post! 

You can find Forever Polished's store here
Moon Shine is a full size bottle that's currently on sale for $8 USD plus shipping.

Follow Forever Polished on Facebook or Instagram for all the updates! 

Products in this post were provided for an honest review. 
All opinions are unbiased and were not influenced in any way.


  1. this is GORGEOUS! I've never seen a gradient done this way but i'm totally loving it! I've also never used acrylics before! It's so bright and fun! And that topper, gorgeous!

  2. I love this SO much! Its just perfection!

  3. It was SO much easier. I don't think I'll be going back to a sponged gradient.

    You need acrylic paints! I picked up a ton of them for less than $1 a bottle at Michael's. They're usually on sale. :)

  4. I TOTALLY LOVE it!!!! I'm going to recreate this as soon as possible :)

  5. OOO!! I love these! I've never tried acrylic paint on nails, maybe I will have to venture n it :) Gradient nails are my fav and so easy!

  6. I absolutely love this mani. So gorgeous and the holo topcoat made it even better

  7. Absolutely stunning- just pinned this! And love that you found another way to ombre without the messy pain in the ass sponges!

  8. Wow, haven't seen a gradient being done like this and I'm happy to see a new way. Love this mani :)

  9. I didn't even realize I was doing something different! Haha

  10. This is so pretty and that Moon Shine is incredible!!

  11. this is so pretty and i loooveee that glitter topper!

  12. I love the colors that you used.

  13. Post it on my FB page if you do! I want to see it!

  14. I love how they blended together perfectly.

  15. I have a feeling that glitter is going to go over so many other looks for me!

  16. Oh my goodness! I LOVE how they blended and that glitter topper! Holy bajeezus. I should definitely try and do a gradient this way! I absolutely fail at doing gradients period. :P

  17. I wish my skin didn't look so angry! I was out of town for awhile so I neglected them a bit. D:

    I want to see how it turns out for you! I bet it'll be awesome. :)

  18. I just realized I somehow managed to miss this post.. well, Glad I finally saw it - cuz it's gorgeous!
    Love this glittery pastel manicure you created! <3

  19. Really fantastic mani! That top coat just pushes this look over the edge. So so pretty! And I love that you used acrylic paints for the gradient. I haven't tried that yet but I'll have to add it to my never ending list of things to do :)

  20. Thank you! My to do is never ending, too. There are just too many possibilities out there.

  21. Beautiful mani! I love your technique - never seen it done that way before!!


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