Golden Coral Gradient Nails

I don't really have any excuses about how long it's been since I've posted here. I'm not quite sure what happened! I've been distracted with other things for the last month, but I have still been doing nail art when I can; for some reason, sitting down to actually focus and write a blog post is the part of the process that's been eluding me. Can I blame it on the sunshine and my backlog of novels that I've been devouring?

Anyway! On to the nail art. Today I have some simple but very summery gradient nails to share. I ended up with this look recently when an initial nail art plan didn't pan out and I needed to come up with a plan B to cover the mistakes I'd already made. I never would have thought I'd end up liking a peachy-orange & gold design so much, since I usually don't like orange or gold, but I really fell in love with this as I wore it.

My base color here is Julep Janet—kind of a terrible polish, if I'm being honest. The color and the semi-matte finish (not visible here because I added other elements and used top coat) are definitely pretty, but the formula was thick and difficult to get good coverage with. I like this look so much, though, that I'll be keeping Janet around for future variations on this theme.

Once my base was dry (and after I'd made some ill-fated nail art attempts with white polish that needn't be spoken of further), I used a makeup sponge to apply the gradient of Janet and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Poof! Be-gonia, a striking coral orange. As I mentioned (and tend to mention a lot on this blog, because I'm a broken record), I'm not a big fan of orange, so I can't really say what made me pick up this polish in the first place. But I'm glad I did: the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure formula was great, as always, and the color is super flattering.

Finally, to tie everything together, I added a coat of Zoya Maria Luisa, a delicate gold-flecked accent topper. A silver glitter topper just didn't seem right with the warm colors of the gradient, but gold turned out to be the perfect finishing touch.

I think this manicure demonstrates one of my favorite things about the nail art process: the way a design you end up loving can happen naturally, when you have no plan at all... and even when you think you've made unfixable mistakes. It sounds like a cliché, but sometimes it really does work to turn your brain off and let the polish(es) be your guide.

Thanks for looking!