Doing a nail art gradient is reallly easy, it just takes a very long time to dry because of all the layers you have to pile on top (you'll see what I mean...) but the end result is totally worth it. Usually I do this while I watch a movie / watch multiple episodes of gossip girl so that it gives plenty of time for my nails to dry.
The second shade you would need is the bottom colour. This can be anything but I find lighter/shimmery/sparkly semi-opaque colours work better than really dark ones, which require a lot more practice. I used Lipmann Collection 'Believe' in this tutorial but you can see from my past posts I've used Lavender Chanel, and multiple others.
So let us...begin!
First you take clean nails and apply a base to inhibit yellowing of nails.
Unscrew the tops of the nailpolish. You have to work rather quickly and so you don't want to waste time screwing and unscrewing caps.
Refer to the following the Diagram, where the pink shaded area is ESSIE, and the yellow shaded area is our LIPMANN colour:
By Step 11, your left hand should be finished and you could then start with your right hand (the harder side...if your right handed :p)
Do each step per hand, i.e. for step 2, start from your thumb and colour your left hand with ESSIE, then start step 3 from your thumb again and so on.
The time between each step will be just enough to prevent the colours from mixing BUT still be malleable enough for them to blend nicely.
I added extra pictures on the bottom to help you visualize each step better:
2. Colour all the nails on your left hand with Essie starting with your thumb
3. Colour 3/4 of your nails with Lipmann starting from your thumb
4. Colour the full nail with ESSIE fully over the whole nail
Keep repeating this until step 11!
11. After colouring with Lipmann for the last time, 1/4 end of the nail, let dry for a few minutes, then add a top coat. I used OPI
perfect nails for a conservative office :D once you get the hang of it you can try doing funkier colours too!
Please don't hesitate to leave a message if you have aaany questions or if something went wrong! I want to help :D GOOD LUCK!