Opposing Floral Gradient Nails

I’m a lover of strange color combinations, and I got some inspiration from a color palette on design seeds that was blue and green. I’m happy with how this came out, but it is a lot more subdued looking that I had originally imagined.

I started off the mani by painting on two coats of Butter London – Bossy Boots to be the base of my gradient. I almost always put down the lightest of the colors I am going to be using in the gradient. I waited for the base to dry a bit and then used a non-latex makeup sponge to apply a gradient of Bossy Boots and OPI – Don’t Talk Bach To Me. It took me about 3 passes with the sponge to get this level of opacity.

I applied a top coat to help blend the gradient and aid in drying time – then I got dot crazy. For my index and pinky nails, I just did a run of the mill dot pattern in China Glaze – At Vase Value. On my middle and ring nails, I created little opposing spatters of flowers using At Vase Value, China Glaze – For Audrey and OPI – My Vampire is Buff. One more coat of Seche Vite and I was done!

Floral Gradient Nails
Floral Gradient Nails


  • Essie – Grow Stronger Base Coat
  • Butter London – Bossy Boots
  • OPI – Don’t Talk Bach To Me
  • OPI – My Vampire is Buff
  • China Glaze – At Vase Value
  • China Glaze – For Audrey
  • Seche Vite – Dry Fast Top Coat

I love the opposing floral look and I definitely want to do that again, but this manicure needed some major contrast. I guess it would be good if you want a subdued look, but I generally don’t want to be this subdued 😉