I got a bunch of requests to do a tutorial on gradient-outline nails, so I gave it a shot. I hope this isn’t a really annoying post? Fingers everywhere!

1. Clean and prepare your nails however you typically do so. Then put on your base coat - I use OPI Nail Envy, then Orly Bonder on top of that.

2. Apply a white polish. I used Wet N Wild French White Creme. Sometimes a white takes two coats to be opaque.

3. Gather your supplies! You’ll need a makeup sponge and whatever colors you want to use for your gradient.

4. Paint the colors onto the sponge. You can sort of overlap them if you want to aid the transition between colors, if you want.

5. Apply the sponge onto your *dry* white nail. It usually takes a few coats to build up the colors and smooth out the transition, so be patient! It will look good, I promise!

6. If you want, it wouldn’t hurt to apply a coat of Seche Vite top coat to help smooth out and seal the gradient. Also, cleaning up is always good.

7. Apply your center color in the ruffian style as pictured. You can make the border as thin or as thick as you like.

8. Once that dries, apply the top color of the gradient - in this case, the blue - in a french manicure swoop across the top of the nail. If necessary, take your tiny nail art paintbrush dipped in a tiny bit of acetone to help smooth the edges of the color into the rest of the gradient. Seal with your top coat to even it all out.

Voila! Easy gradient-outline nails :)
I’d love to see your take on it! Let me know if you try it.