Two-tone nails have been popping up everywhere lately. So we had to get the scoop — from a pro, of course — on how to get this look. The last thing we want in our lives is dated nails. What a #fashionfail.
Luckily, we talked with Hollywood manicurist Madeline Poole, who’s worked on the gorgeous nails of Kesha, Kim Kardashian, Alanis Morissette, Kreayshawn, and Kelly Osbourne. She also happens to be a virtuoso at two-tone nails and gave us some fab (and easy) tips on how to get this look at home!
You will need: two different polish shades, a small eye shadow-like brush, a thin base coat to mix with the pigmented polish, a piece of aluminum foil, and a good top coat.
- Make sure to wipe your nails free of oil so the polish stays on as long as possible. Then, apply two layers of the color that you want to show through on the bottom of your nail near your cuticle. Let this color dry before applying the second color.
- On a piece of alumnium foil, mix a droplet of the second color with a thin base coat, using the eye shadow brush to blend the polishes. Mix small amounts, because it will become tacky as it dries. Make sure to use fresh polish on each layer.
- Begin layering the mixture by lightly dabbing and swiping the color from the middle of the nail toward the edge of the nail. Use light pressure and work quickly. Avoid overworking any areas, as this will cause polish to lift.
- Now make a new mixture with more of the color and less of the base coat. Add a layer of this farther up on the nail. Continue this process, adding more pigment with each layer. At the tip of the nail, you should be using pure polish with no base coat.
- Finish with a top coat.
If you make any mistakes, you can go over the tip color with the color you used at the bottom of the nail. Just make sure to clean your brush before doing so. Once you’re satisfied with the gradient, add a layer of top coat and allow to dry. Voilà!
xx, The FabFitFun Team