UNICORN NAILS - Vertical Gel Polish Gradient & Mermaid Effect Black ll

Hello lovelies. How is your weekend going? Mine is quite peaceful, we don’t have crazy hot temperatures right now, so I can breathe again. Unicorn nails, in all shapes and kinds, seem to be taking over the nail art community right now. I didn’t want to give in to this trend (you know me, always going the opposite way to everyone else), but I gotta say I am loving it right now. You might wonder what product gave this gorgeous iridescent look. It’s the amazing Mermaid Effect Black ll by Indigo Nails.

I am excited to share this video tutorial with you. Not only I am showing you how to create a vertical gradient with gel polish, but also how cool it looks with the mermaid powder on top. I used the beautiful Mermaid Effect Black ll from Indigo Nails, which you can find HERE. Lately, it is my favorite mermaid powder. It gives such a gorgeous iridescent look and the gradient only brings out the effect.

UNICORN NAILS - Vertical Gel Polish Gradient & Mermaid Effect Black ll

Mermaid Effect Black ll will look very different depending on your base color! From my experience, it looks much better on lighter colors, as the aqua tones are coming through. If you don’t like using gel – don’t worry. HERE is a tutorial in which I am showing how to apply this powder on a regular nail polish.

UNICORN NAILS - Vertical Gel Polish Gradient & Mermaid Effect Black ll

As for the gradient, I used two gorgeous colors from the Miami 2017 collection – pink Miss America and blue Call Me a Unicorn. Only when I was editing the video I realized how fitting the name of the blue gel was!

UNICORN NAILS - Vertical Gel Polish Gradient & Mermaid Effect Black ll

Making a gradient with gel polish is different than with a regular polish. For a horizontal gradient it’s easiest to use a sponge (video soon). However, for a vertical gradient it’s best to use a brush. You can use a flat nail art brush or just the brushes from the gel polish like I did in the tutorial. The best tip I can give you for gradient in gel – BE PATIENT! The first layer might look like crap, but once you proceed with the blending and adding layers, it will start coming together. Don’t get discouraged.

UNICORN NAILS - Vertical Gel Polish Gradient & Mermaid Effect Black ll

Note: This effect shows best in darker lighting. The beautiful iridescent effect is much more visible in the shade. The last two pictures were taken with a flash. You can see the difference how washed out they look.

I couldn’t resist adding some stamping to my iridescent unicorn base! Aren’t they just cute? Haha, who would have thought I was going to be making unicorn anything on this blog?!

What do you guys think of my video tutorial? Do you have any experience with making gradient with gel polish? If so, please leave me your tips and tricks below.

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This post came into life with collaboration and sponsorship with Indigo Nails. This does not affect my opinions on the products shown. All opinions are my own.

  • The unicorn nails are super awesome!