Creative musings in bright colors

Fade to Blu

Studs, tape, and gradients, oh my! This was not the easiest mani, but the end result was pretty awesome!


The design was inspired by Mary Monkett, who always has the prettiest tape manis! The list of hers I want to replicate is long.


The new polish here is the pale blue base, Blu by Zoya (which I got as part of their New Years promotion). Blu is opaque in three coats, although it is patchy and likes to pull. Really, for a pastel this is pretty standard, but I was hoping for a bit more! The polish is thick but workable. Despite its issues, it is easily the best light blue I own (why are pale teals and greens easier to work with??), so you guys are likely to see more of it!


Once Blu was dry, I added some tape (and blocked off the lower part of my nail with liquid latex, which is soooo much easier than tape!), and then sponged on the blue gradient at the tips. Voila!


~ Light blue: Zoya – Blu
~ Blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Ling


Hope you enjoyed! Tomorrow we get some stamps and flowers, just to mix it up a bit 🙂

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