Reciprocal Sunset Nails

I guess I really like sunset nail art. I think they are perfect for the summer. This design I saw on a youtube tutorial by Simple Little Pleasures. She has really great tutorials and tips on her channel. I highly suggest checking her out. I will add her tutorial to this post at the bottom because seeing it being done will help greatly with this manicure.

So let’s get to it!



All you are basically doing for this manicure is creating a gradient and a reverse gradient.

  • First, you may want to apply tape or Vaseline to your fingers to help reduce mess.
  • Apply a base coat to protect your natural nails. You can also add a base color of white to help the colors pop more on the first gradient.
  • Grab a make-up sponge and create your sunset gradient using a purple, orange, and yellow polish. Make sure the colors overlap to create a better transition.
  • Pat the make-up sponge on your nails. You will do this about two or three times to get the best gradient. Put one coat on all your nails first, and then go back with the second coat. By the time you’re done with your first coat, your first nail should be pretty dry.
  • You will then need to let your nails COMPLETELY dry. This shouldn’t take too long since the gradient coats are thin. You could also use a fast drying top coat to hurry the drying process.
  • Either grab your nail art stripe tape or cut thin strips of regular tape and place them vertically on your nail. Remember: it is a good idea to put the tap on your skin a few times to get rid of some of the glue on the tape since we will be removing the tape later.
  • Now, you are going to recreate your sunset gradient, but reverse it. So if your purple was at the bottom near your cuticle, it should now be at the tip of your nails. Again, you will need two to three coats of the gradient to make it look the best.
  • You can now remove the tape. There is no need to wait for the polish to dry before removing the tape. I actually get better results when the polish is still wet when I remove the tape.
  • Put on your fast drying top coat to smooth and blend everything out.

Pretty cool effect, eh?!  I’m still undecided how I feel about this manicure. I think I may try it again but with only two colors instead of three or just a different color combination. You could even do it as a sideways gradient have your tape be horizontal on your nails.

Here is the video tutorial that Simple Little Pleasures posted:

I hope yall enjoyed this! I love learning about these new techniques. I hope some of you try it out.

Nail Art  Stripe Tape – Purchased on  Amazon
Base coat – Anchor by Zoya
Yellow – Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in “Mellow Yellow”
Orange – Wet n Wild Wild Shine in “Sunny Side Up”
Purple – Wet n Wild Megalast in “Through the Grapevine”
Top Coat – Rcok Top Coat by European Secrets

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