Blue-Green Gradient with Color Blocking

It’s been a busy week!  My daughter leaves for college on Saturday, so we’ve been trying to get her all packed and prepped for her new adventure.  It’s an exciting time and we’re both experiencing a range of emotions.  She’s my only child, so I’ll be living alone for the first time in my life after she leaves.  Something tells me I’m going to have more time to spend on nail stuff soon…

My mani today was inspired by Sammy of The Nailasaurus.  I saw this image pop up on my Pinterest feed and bookmarked it for a future date, and today was the day I finally tried it.  I started with IBD Jupiter Blue as my base, and then sponged Gelish Don’t Be Such a Sourpus onto the tips.  The color that I sponged on is yellow-ish, but it looks green when applied over the blue.  I wiped off the tacky layer and applied nail art striping tape to my nails to block off the center section. The black that I applied to the sides is actually regular nail polish and not gel.  I used Cult Nevermore because it’s completely opaque with just one coat.  I let it dry and then applied my gel top coat and studs.

I love this look… it’s so simple and sleek, but it took a good amount of time to do.  You could try this with so many different color combinations. Blue-Green Gradient with Color Blocking Blue-Green Gradient with Color Blocking

Here is IBD Jupiter Blue… I love this color!  IBD is a  more affordable brand of gel polish and the quality and application are great. IBD Jupiter Blue IBD Jupiter Blue Swatch

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18 Responses

  1. Jeanette says:

    I love this! I like the jupiter blue, too. (and love IBD)

  2. Jeanette says:

    Andrea, where did you get your square studs? Also, do they stay on for a long time? I had some round ones on the other day, but they kept on popping off one of my hands.

    • Andrea says:

      I got them at I use the Gelish Foundation as the glue, and if I also top coat over the stud it will stay on for a while. If I don’t top coat, they will usually pop off after a couple of days.

  3. Nelly says:

    Andrea, I bought an IBD gel as well and I found the removal to be very difficult compared to Gelish and Shellac. Did you have the same problem?

    • Andrea says:

      I didn’t find the removal difficult, but I’ve heard others say the same about IBD. Of the brands I’m familiar with Shellac is the easiest to remove, then Ink, then Gelish and IBD (the last 2 are about the same for me).

  4. Nelly says:

    I had to buy Indian Sari and the Jupiter, absolutely love Indian Sari, the other one hasn’t arrived yet. Added some silver stamping, came out beautiful.

  5. Arlene says:

    I’d love to see a video tutorial on a gradient with gel polish. I find it tough to do.

  6. Judi says:

    Hi, I’ve been trying to find the perfect aqua/turquoise. I ordered Turtle Bay, but it’s too green and too dark. I’ve just ordered Jupiter Blue, but haven’t received it yet. Any suggestions? I really just want a nice bright-ish aqua, but more on the blue side, but not sky blue…it should have a tweek of green.

  7. shirley says:

    Hi, I usually use Gelish but would love to try the ibd as its cheaper…I want to buy a mint green (was thinking hotsprings) and a baby blue not too pale though could you recommend what you think as sometimes they look different online, thanks x

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Shirley. ibd Jupiter Blue is one of my favorite blues, but it leans teal. I don’t think I own any of the mint greens from that brand though, so I can’t make a recommendation.