Here is something I attempted on sunday. I've recently been inspired by the way Hong Kong salons do acrylic nails, they tend to be really cute neutrals with a bit of girly accents. I don't want acrylics, but I thought that I might be able to recreate the look with a thick topcoat.
Basically, it's a sponge gradient tutorial, with a bit of flair.
My pink gradient nail tutorial
step 1: start with a sheer pink jelly
step 2: using a sponge, dab an opaque pink from the tip and and I also did a sort of a french mani here (I paint a bit on the sponge, then dab with it)
step 3: blend a hot pink from the tip into opaque pink with the sponge
step 4: I decided to add some opaque pink dots!
step 5: I added gold dots at the tips but it turned out a bit messy. After that, I put on a topcoat and it really softens the texture from the sponge.
transparent pink OPI Heart Throb
opaque pink ORLY Cotton Candy
hot pink ORLY Feelin Hot Hot Hot
gold ORLY Luxe