Quick and Easy Summer Nail Art: Summer Gradient w/Tropical Nail Decals

Hello all! Today's post is a continuation of the casual series I started a few weeks back, featuring quick and easy summer-inspired nail art. This nail art design involves a technique that would some would consider "advanced". But I don't. Gradients are super easy once you have the right items (hint: you only need one item that you probably already own!). On the other nails I used a set of summer-themed water decals I purchased from Whats Up Nails.



Makeup Sponge

Whats Up Nails Tropicalota Water Decals

Polishes used:

OPI  She's a Bad Muff-aleta (base color)

Zoya Winnie & Sawyer

CbL PDQ Top Coat


I painted all of my nails with a base of She's a Bad Muff-aleta and allowed to dry. Once dry I applied my gradient colors to my makeup sponge, allowing them to overlap a bit. I then light tapped my nail with the sponge moving slightly up and down to help blend the colors. One the other nails I applied my water decals. I set all of my nails with a coat of PDQ. 

One trick I have learned when I am short on time but still want to do something cool is to only use a particular technique on one or two nails. This can cut the time you spend in half. I completed this design in less than 30 minutes, including dry time.  This is also why I love water decals so much. You can do your whole hand with them or use them to add to a design. Maximum impact. Minimal effort!