Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Syrup Nails!

For you who doesn't know, syrup nails are when you layer one color on your nails but in varied depths across the nails (usually more intense towards the tips), resulting in an ombre / gradation effect that looks like syrup being poured, hence the name. The difference with ombre/gradation effect is that syrup nails are done using only one color, usually a jelly.

This is my first attempt in syrup nails and I'd say it's decent! I used Deborah Lippmann's Call Me Irresponsible for this post, it's a red-based violet jelly. Here's how it looks with flash:
As you can see, I haven't mastered it yet so the transition isn't that smooth but in my defense, you can't tell unless you're holding them next to your eyes.

Here's the step-by-step:

1. Prep the nails (for me it's OPI's Nail Envy + Natural Base Coat)
2. Paint 1 coat of polish over 2/3 of your NAIL from the tip
3. Now paint a second coat over 2/3 of  the PREVIOUS COAT from the tip
4. Repeat step 3 for the next 2 coats, each coat gradually gets shorter while working your way to the tip
5. Run 1 last coat, this time from the base all the way to the tip
6. Finish the look with a top coat

I love violet/purple gradation because it reminds me of midnight sky.
Lippmann's Call Me Irresponsible is perfect for syrup nails because you can see the hue changes from red to blue as the color deepens.

You can also play with syrup nails, for example you can play with the length of gradation, reverse the intensity by getting more intense to the base, or paint mattifying top coat over it for a more funky finish.

 Happy Syruping! ^_^

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