Urban Dawn

Lamp and no top coat

Inspired by the dawn colours I see each morning before work at the moment

 

It’s reached that time of year where I get to see the sun rise while I walk to work and set as I walk home. I may hate living in a large town but I must admit we get some beautiful colours in the sky and that’s what inspired this lovely gradient. I also decided to use it as my first tutorial so I hope this helps you create your own. If you have any questions or tips please feel free to comment.

As always, click the pictures for a larger view.

The view from my window that inspired this manicure

The view from my window that inspired this manicure

The polishes used - all A England. Left to right "Princess Sabra", "Dragon", "Saint George" and "Tristam". Look at the beautiful shine and glimmer on them! It lost some of this through the sponging technique but retained enough to still be beautiful

The polishes used – all A England. Left to right “Princess Sabra“, “Dragon“, “Saint George” and “Tristam“. Look at the beautiful shine and glimmer on them! It lost some of this through the sponging technique but retained enough to still be beautiful

2 already done nails and 2 with just a base coat of "Princess Sabra" on. It works best if you use a base layer of your paler colour just to start things off then add your gradient over it. The white stuff around the nails is OPI "Glitter Off" which will make clean up far easier.

2 already done nails and 2 with just a base coat of “Princess Sabra” on. It works best if you use a base layer of your paler colour just to start things off then add your gradient over it. The white stuff around the nails is OPI “Glitter Off” which will make clean up far easier.

Peel off close up

Peel off base coat spread around my nail, partly dry here as I’ve actually done it up the sides and even under the nail, however the bit at the bottom of the nail is still wet and shows up white. I’m using OPI “Glitter Off”.

Sponge

A simple make up sponge is all you need for your gradient. Apply stripes of your polishes then dab onto your nail. You’ll need to dab a few times, slightly moving the sponge up and down to avoid too harsh a line between the colours.

After sponging on it looks really messy! This is why we have the lovely peel off base, getting rid of all that polish with acetone would take forever. Instead simply peel away the bits round your nail to look presentable in no time!

After sponging on it looks really messy! This is why we have the lovely peel off base, getting rid of all that polish with acetone would take forever. Instead simply peel away the bits round your nail to look presentable in no time!

Just a final clean up is needed with some acetone and a brush

Just a final clean up is needed with some acetone and a brush

Under lamp light and with no top coat, there's not much glimmer as it's quite rough from the sponging

Under lamp light and with no top coat, there’s not much glimmer as it’s quite rough from the sponging

Under lamplight but now with top coat applied ("The Shield" from A England). This brings out the glimmer of the polishes a lot more though still not back to their usual sheen

Under lamplight but now with top coat applied (“The Shield” from A England). This brings out the glimmer of the polishes a lot more though still not back to their usual sheen

More Glimmer on Thumb

Close up of my thumb in daylight to try and pick out some of the glimmer

Close up of my thumb to try and show the glimmer. There isn't as much as the polishes would have if applied normally but you can still get the copper from "Dragon" showing through

Close up of my thumb to try and show the glimmer. There isn’t as much as the polishes would have if applied normally but you can still get the copper from “Dragon” showing through

 

Want to see some variations on the gradient theme? Check out Beautiful Damozel for a glitter gradient or Fiery Snowflakes for a gradient with additional nail art

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