How to Execute A Color Gradient Using Pigments

Pigments powders are now a part of every successful nail tech's tool box thanks to chrome nails. Now that your supply kit is stocked with pigments, it's time to learn how to use them for nail art than just a color coating. Here, nail tech Tera Wyatt shows how to use pigment powders to create gradient design.

Steps:

 

Step 1:

1 Prep the nail and apply gel base coat and cure. Then, apply light gray gel polish and cure.

Step 2:

With a gel brush, pick up a generous amount of rose gold pigment. (Note: Not using enough pigment can result in a patchy effect.) Then, use a burnishing (aka rubbing) technique to apply the color to the tip.

Step 3:

Remove any loose pigment. Then, carefully push the remaining pigment just past the center of the nail. To create a fade, lightly tap the pigment (don’t rub) as you near the center.

Step 4:

Repeat Steps 2 and 3 with purple pigment, starting at the cuticle and working toward the center, slightly overlapping the rose gold pigment. Again, to create a fade, lightly tap the pigment as you near the center.

Step 5:

Repeat Steps 2 and 3 with rose gold pigment. To finish, apply gel top coat and cure.

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