August 7, 2012

Cotton Candy Gradient / How-to


Hello lovelies. Over the weekend I filmed myself painting these nails so I could show a couple new-found online friends, Minette and Alisha, how I do gradient nails. This is also for anyone who has never done gradient nails and wants to try. I've a few other techniques, but this is how I do them. 

For this mani I used Lime Crime's Parfait Day and Essie's Mint Candy Apple. I did a few manicure videos before and I forgot how long they take for me to do lol. I don't think I'll be doing one for a while. Maybe I'll get better with time. 


Soooo...here's the video. I hope you enjoy! Eeek! I'm open to any advice and critiquing!

 

66 comments :

  1. Omgomgomg!!!!! I'm SO EXCITED for your channel!!! AAHHH!! UN. REAL. Lol love love LOVE <33

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    1. Aww you are too sweet, Rhonda!! lol thanks so much! I don't know how you and Minette make videos all the time! It took me forever lol. I'm glad you liked it though :D

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  2. I LOOOOVE! Both shades are stunning on their own and even more gorgeous together! Great mani, Traci! :)

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  3. Great video, I like that you speed up parts of it, and I can imagine they are time consuming to do - the reason why I don't even think of it LOL

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    1. Thanks Maria! Yes, it was pretty time consuming hehe. Kind of fun, but long process hehe. Yea, I think if I didn't speed up some parts it would have been like a 15 minute video! haha

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  4. Aww...I love this! I'm glad to finally see a video fro you. It's been too long!

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    1. Thanks, Mallory! Aw you remember...hehe thanks for being a long-time blog friend! <3

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    1. Thanks for stopping by all the time, Meredith! :D

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  6. I love Cotton Candy! And this mani makes me want to wear a cotton candy like mani!

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    1. Mmm me too! hehe. Ooh you should! :D

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  7. Great gradient and tutorial! I love the color combination!

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  8. that's great! love it. i'll try it once more, even if my first two times didn't came up very well :D

    http://the-caramel-dream.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks, Katarina! I'm sure you'll get it! Go you! :D

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  9. Dreamy and delicious looking!

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  10. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE
    LURRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRVE!!!!!! <3<3<3<3

    ....that is all :D

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  11. Gorgeous!! I can't get over my obsession with gradient nails lol

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  12. Very soft and pretty! I need to do more gradients.

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    1. Thanks, Karen! Yes! I would love to some on your site! :D

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  13. That's usually how I do gradients, too. I like the look of putting all the colors on the sponge at once, too.

    Your tutorial skills are better than mine! The editing part is what I hate!

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    1. Yay! Great minds think alike :D hehe. Oh yes, I actually used to do that method too. I especially liked that when doing rainbow nails!
      lol! Well, the video sure took a long time to edit! I'm so slow...haha yea, editing isn't my favorite haha. I think your vid was awesome!! I can't wait to see more!

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  14. Awesome video! I always wondered how gradients were done!

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    1. Oh thanks! I'm glad you were able to see at least one way to do them :D

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  15. I saw some cotton candy like that today and I wanted it so bad! Now I want it more since I didn't buy it!

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    1. lol! That sounds yum! I haven't had cotton candy in a while...sure sounds good...lol

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  16. Ahhhh! Gah!!!! I love your video and need my traci fix!!! Love your tutorial!!! You're so good at this!! More more!!

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    1. lmao! You seriously are going to make me laugh out loud for real every time you use "Gah!" now!! I am dying lol!
      I'm so glad you like it! Hopefully I can keep up like you and Rhonda! Oh you YouTube experts...hehe

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  17. I'm Danette and I'm a new follower from the blog hop.

    www.danettedillon.com

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    1. Ooh yay! Thanks for visiting! I'll be sure to check out your site! :D

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  18. Hiya! I am a new follower from the blog hop and just wanted to say I love, love, love this colour combination!

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    1. Hi Dani! Thanks so much for visiting! Thanks for your email as well :) I love what I see on your blog!

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  19. Gradients scare me to death so I live vicariously through your posts ;)

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  20. LOVE IT!! Really, I love everything about the video. It looks like you're a youtube pro :) I also appreciate that you sped up the speed and showed each nail. I get annoyed when I watch videos and they just do one nail and then magically all the nails are done in the next frame. But I also don't have the patience to watch each nail done in real time haha so your added speed was perfect. I do my gradients the same exact way except I usually tear off pieces from the sponge to give it a rougher edge so I don't have to worry about sponging on straight lines.

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    1. Thanks, Frosso! lol aw, I feel like I have more to learn with youtube! Oh yea haha. I know I wouldn't want to watch a video of someone painting their nails real time. Oh I'm glad you liked that I showed the other nails too. omg I used to tear the sponge too for a rougher edge! The only thing I didn't like was the crumbs that sometimes came off of the torn sponge lol, but definitely a great technique for that rough look :D

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  21. New follower here, I've been scrolling through your posts and loving what I'm seeing =) Anyways, thanks so much for the gradient tutorial! I feel like I've tried time and time again to make a gradient, but I'm never successful. Going to have to try this!

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    1. Welcome, Jacqui! I'm so glad you like what you've seen :) Makes me happy hehe. Ooh I'd love to see when you do it!

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  22. Hey Citra!!! Thanks so much for taking the time to do this tutorial. I'll be sure to tag you on IG with my #epicfail...LOL Seriously I hope they turn out somewhat cute. I think half of my problem is trying to rush (since I have 2 kids) and not letting the first coat dry enough. Thanks again for the tutorial and the shout out! <3

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    1. Hi Alisha! Absolutely! Hehe I'm sure yours will not be an epic fail lmao! Thanks for being so awesome! <3

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  23. I was going to follow you just for the blog hop, but |'m happy I discovered your blog! Love all the nail looks ;)
    Check out my blog: Makeup by Rachel

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    1. Aw thanks, Rachel! That's so sweet :)

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  24. LOL, I wanted to hear your voice! I don't know if I could ever do videos with all the time it takes to edit and making sure the lighting is good. Props to you for doing one for a gradient!

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    1. lol! Oh Jayne...you crack me up. I was thinking about talking, but psyched myself out lol. Yea, it can be pretty time consuming. I guess if others like it in the end, it was worth it :) Thanks so much!

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  25. Love the colors, your nails turned out gorgeous! Definitely makes me think of cotton candy. :D
    I really like the how-to video you made too!

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    1. Thanks so much, Christa! Hehe. I'm glad you liked it! :D

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  26. I promised I'd show you when I got my post put up about how I tried this on my own nails! I tagged you on Instagram, but I figured I would share my whole post as well. :D http://www.prettypolishedpointers.com/2012/08/yummy-bubble-gum.html

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    1. I love it, Tia!!! Yours looks so awesome! <3

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  27. I like the two colours you used!

    http://initialed.blogspot.com

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  28. Pink and blue go so well together! Very cute!

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  29. Really love it. Looks so pretty n nice. xo

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  30. lovely post!
    xo
    Anastasia
    http://natbeesfashion.blogspot.co.uk/

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  31. I love the color combination and great tutorial from the picture I thought it's pink and gray gradient but I really love the combo

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