I'm doing a little nail art challenge right now, and today's manicure was supposed to be a gradient. They're super popular right now, and there are tutorials for them everywhere (hell, even I made one) so I wanted to do something a little different. A lot of the focus on doing gradients is generally on making the transition as smooth as possible, but I went in the other direction, and decided to make the colors completely unblended.
To do these nails, I just painted the colors on in horizontal lines- there's no real fancy trick to it. It took feckin' FOREVER to do, and probably would have been quicker had I put down a base coat of white or pale yellow, but alas, I did not. I'd suggest it, especially if you do this look using yellows and oranges, being the finicky polishes they are.
Here you can see my sweet little baby kitty Dash trying to get in on the picture action. He's already made an appearance on my Youtube channel in my cat nails video. He looks a little happier here, don't you think?
If you don't have a nail polish collection like mine (and good on you if you don't, mine's absurd), then it would probably be best to choose a few colors and to mix them together to get the right colors to make a gradient. However, I didn't have to mix anything to do this look. Why in the world do I own so many different oranges and yellows?
The colors (from the palest to orangiest) are CG Lemon Fizz, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow, Some Yellow color I got in a Steelers nail polish set (YAY STEELERS), OPI The It Color, Love and Beauty Orange, Essie Fear or Desire, Essie Orange, It's Obvious, Essie Vermilionaire, and OPI Monsooner or Later. Can you tell I really like Essie's oranges...?