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I know last week I was feeling wintery but this week I am back in autumn mode. My garden is actually full of ever greens but when I walk to the shops I get to enjoy the pretty colours on the trees (not so much the soggy sludge on the floor).
When I opened my polish draw these polishes seem to have been drawn together and so I did what seemed obvious and made an ombre. There were lots of options but this was simple and bright – I did contemplate dappling and even a gradient but I think this way was quicker, easier and has the same impact.
For this combination I used OPI Ginger Bells, China Glaze Papaya Punch, China Glaze Happy Go Lucky, China Glaze Electric Pineapple and Bondi In the Lime-Light. The formulas on these polishes varied quite a bit – the Bondi polish was nice and even in two coats while Electric Pineapple needed three. I found Papaya Punch and Happy Go Lucky had a slightly thick formula that was patchy in the first coat but evened on the second – these both had a slightly longer than usual dry time. OPI Ginger Bells was a breeze to apply but has a slightly sheerer formula- something jelly-ish about its caramel colouring which needed two coats for opacity. My favourite brush is definitely the OPI which is so easy to use for a neat application. I used a small acrylic brush to tidy the cuticle lines on the other nails.
To finish the look I reversed the order on my other hand. There are loads of ways to extend the wear of this mani by adding to the design – such as gradiants and stamping. I think this would look great with black stripes – something that would make the colours really pop. I like that these colours whilst bright have a softness that you wouldn’t get from their neon counterparts – perfect for this time of year when you want something cheery without being too summery. Maybe I will do a full nail across my nails at some point. What do you think of this mani? How would you jazz it up? Do you like wearing multiple colours in the same manicure?