Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Gray-dient Mani for the Grey Days of Winter

 

Winter can be so... grey. But grey nail polish is chic! Grey cream polishes are some of my favorites because they are simultaneously subtle and stunning.

While how you spell it may be influenced by where you grew up, there's a school of thought that "grey" and "gray" are different shades. Cloford.com actually has gray v grey defined down to the hex code - #D3D3D3 is "light grey" and #A9A9A9 is "dark gray". Whether you spell it grey or gray, it's still an achromatic color - or colour - that's great to wear on your nails.

I adore gradient manicures! The subtle change in brightness is edgy while still looking polished. My best attempt at a gradient manicure was created with the grey polishes in my collection. Listed from thumb to pinky (light to dark or grey to gray, if you will), the nail polishes I chose are Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear "Wet Cement", MAC "On the Prowl", Pure Ice "Kiss Me Here", CND "Asphalt", and OPI "Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees".


What's fun about wearing a grey gradient is that when you look at your nails, it looks like the light is playing tricks with your polish and maybe a few of your fingers are in a shadow.



What colors have you tried creating a gradient manicure with?

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32 comments:

  1. This is so pretty!! I love gray polish ;0). I've tried gradients with Sinful Colors Savage (green) and Avon Vintage Boutique (brownish color).

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    1. Ooo green and brown would be lovely! Glad to hear you liked this combo of greys!

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  2. Wow this is awesome! I haven't done this kind of ombre yet, super perfect for winter~

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    1. It's a fun way to wear many polishes at once!

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  3. GAH! I totally love this and will definitely be giving it a shot! Apart from teal shades, grey is my fave go-to colour and this is a fabulous way of wearing more than one grey tone at a time - and getting to enjoy them all simultaneously! Your hands are gorgeous, by the way!

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    1. Thanks girl! A teal gradient would be fun but hard to find 5 colors to work together... I bet you could do it :)

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  4. LOVE! Great choice of colors. I did one during the early fall with my blue/teals it turned out well think I'll attempt to a more bright orange/yellow tone for spring.

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    1. Ooo I like the idea of doing more of a progressive gradient with color instead of brightness! Oranges and yellows would be super fun for spring.

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  5. This is SO pretty. I love it!! I'm really into grey nails now anyway, and a winter grey ombre' is just right!. I agree with the poster above who says you have pretty hands.

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    1. Thanks so much! Grey really does look so awesome on nails :)

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    1. Thanks, Hayley! I thought about which greys to use for quite awhile so I'm glad you like how it came out :)

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  7. I love the way this came out and I've never done a gradient.

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    1. Oh you totally should! I'll be watching your blog for one now ;)

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  8. Woow that looks amazing! I'm definitely going to try that!

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    1. Would love to hear/see how it comes out! Half the fun is picking colors :)

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  9. Oh, I love this! And here I was thinking I didn't "need" more than one or two shades of gray. How wrong I was.

    I've never done a gradient but I'm going to look at my collection and see what colors I might be able to do this with.

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    1. Yes it's totally a great way to look at your collection in a new way! You could do this with any color, and vary the nails not only by light to dark but across hues :)

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  10. I like! Have to try this style, too :)

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    1. I'd love to hear/see how it comes out!

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  11. I love that last picture you did! So cool-i actually have not tried a gradient-but I really should!

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    1. Thanks, it's funny to show my full hands! You totally should try it, it's an easy "nail art" to pull off :)

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    1. Thanks, Samantha! I hope you try it out!

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  13. I never thought about doing a grey gradient mani, but yours looks amazing! Sadly I don't own enough grey polishes to cover five nails with five different grey shades XD

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    1. Haha I think grey is the only color I could do it with for that same reason - I have no idea how I ended up with so many greys, but it works!

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    1. Haha yes it looks like like I desaturated it, doesn't it!

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  15. I love this gradient! Never done one myself but I might try it some day :).

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    1. I bet you have enough polishes to do it with at least one color :)

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  16. This is one of the cooler things I've seen ... I used to turns my nails into rainbows in college (left pinky pink, left ring finger red, left middle finger orange, etc., until right pinky purple), but I'm not sure that would work in the work place, now that I'm a grown up :) I might give this a shot, though :) Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Hi Selwa, happy to provide inspiration! When I wore this (and the pink one I did) to work, one of my co-workers had to take a closer look before realizing they were different shades :)

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