Today I finally got on the Easter/spring bandwagon and decided to do a pastel sponge mani! As y'all know, I loooooove sponging, so I was really looking forward to this one. First off, let's take a look at the finished mani:
|Water-colourey pastel nails!|
I was especially looking forward to doing this mani since I decided to use my new makeup sponges! I normally do all of my sponging using a cheap old kitchen sponge from Asda (Walmart in the US?). However, I'd really like to do a sunset gradient at some point, and I know that I can't do this with a kitchen sponge, so I picked up some makeup sponges from Boots.
I'm actually quite surprised, since I figured people prefer to use makeup sponges for a reason. However, I found that the sponge was more absorbent, so colour transfer wasn't as good. In addition, bits of sponge kept breaking off into the mani and I had to keep removing them (grr). Finally, this mani was horrendously messy. I've never understood why people say that sponging or gradients are messy, and now I do: y'all are using the wrong sponge! To illustrate:
|A messy work in progress!|
I have virtually no clean up when I use a kitchen sponge - and the above photo is only half-way through the mani!
I was originally planning to stamp over the top of this, but I somehow didn't get around to it, and anyway, I quite liked it on its own. If I had to do it again, I think I'd use a kitchen sponge and darker colours, since despite my nails looking like amazing watercolour masterpieces, I missed my usual bright colours! I'd also buy a better white base colour before doing this mani again; I tried using my Essence Stamping Polish in white, but it was too gloopy, so I had to use my white French tips polish from Rimmel, with its tiny, tiny brush! The base coat was just laborious!
Here's the polishes I used:
- Rimmel Nail Tip Whitener (base and mixing)
- Rimmel Show Off (pink - lightened)
- Catrice Salmon and Garfunkel (orange)
- Collection 2000 - Hot Looks Lemon Soda (yellow)
- Catrice Sold Out Forever (green - lightened)
- Rimmel Aqua Cool (blue - lightened)
- Rimmel How Do You Lilac It (lilac)
|Pastel goodness! *.*|
So what do you think? :-) I'm looking forward to doing more sponge manis with other funky colour combos! What combos would you like to see? :-) Lemme know in the comments!
'Til next time, curlettes!
- Skye x