Spring's biggest nail art trend is for anyone who's ever stood, frozen, simply staring at a colorful wall of nail polish. Instead of wasting precious time trying to choose one color, the gradient manicure is the prettiest way to wear them all. And with artists trying the trend in rainbow colors and nudes, you can take it all the way from dramatically vibrant to soft and subtle.
The gradient manicure, as defined by Glamour U.K., uses two or more shades to create the illusion of a subtly shifting rainbow of colors. Picture a card of paint samples, only better, because it's on your hands. Most versions we've seen use five different colors on each hand, creating a smooth ombre-like effect from pinky to thumb, but there are as many ways to wear this kind of manicure as there are fingers in this world, so consider this your excuse to create your own personal mani rainbow.
Some mani masters are sticking to a soft color palette, like Betina Goldstein's nude-inspired gradient. Goldstein created her look with Dior Vernis Gel Shine Long Wear Nail Lacquer in five nude shades: Muguet, Tralala, Lili, Incognito, and Palais Royal. The effect is soft and subtle, but thanks to the variety of colors used, she still manages to keep things interesting.
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