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I can’t wait until tomorrow to post this! I was on a roll today and knocked out two manicures…Have you ever done a manicure and it came out EXACTLY the way you hoped? This manicure was exactly that.

I saw it, I did it, I loved it!

I cannot stop looking at my nails.

This is my second attempt at gradient stamping and I am so thrilled with how they mix in the middle. The blue and white look so cool together! Eep! I’m really digging today’s design! I was inspired by one of my first nail arts (Smile Like You Mean It, linked here) but if I do say so myself, I have gotten better at cleanup and sponge gradients!


I hope you like it as much as I do!

#31DC2014 September 5: Blue Nails | The Rite of Aging...EarlyI used 3 coats of Milani Power Periwinkle as my base. I do not know why but it did not reach full opacity until the third coat, even with thicker application.

For the gradient, I used a makeup sponge, (from cuticle to tip) Milani Power PeriwinklePop Beauty Pacific Hoot, and Urban Outfitters Blue Velvet.

I sealed the gradient with INM Out the Door top coat. I don’t particularly like this top coat because it smears my nail art but it is perfect for blurring gradients.

I stamped with Milani Peacock (I am running out and can’t find it anywhere…this is one of my favorite blues!!), butter London Cotton Buds and Bundle Monster plate BM-304.


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.


Check out the other blue manicures below!