Day 2 of the Lazy 15 challenge is a gradient.
I'm not a huge fan of gradients. They look nice enough but it's not something I'd be inclined to go for on a day to day basis. I'm glad this was included in the challenge though, otherwise I'd never really get to practice something new :)
I wasn't sure what colours would look good together so I popped in a nude. Nude polish goes with every colour so it reduced the failure rate significantly haha.
I just used a normal sponge to do the gradient effect. I know you're supposed to use make-up sponges because they're smooth but I don't have any so sponge had to do! The effect still came out though so you can definitely get away with a sponge if you use really opaque polish.
I used Essence Nude it for the nude polish base. The dusty orange polish is Jesse's girl Beauty Guru. This was actually sent to me by the amazingly sweet Rachael from Phoenix Nails. Rachael is actually taking part in this challenge too so definitely check out her blog :)
I did 2 layers to really intensify the colour. The first coat looked a bit watery. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out. I tried it a few days ago with 2 different sets of polish and a different method and it looked woeful. I topped it off with Essence Quick dry topcoat just to smooth it out. A topcoat helps to blend the polishes together too.