DIY- The Sponge Mani

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I instagramed my nails like this a while ago (see here) and have received a few messages about how I did it. I thought what better way to explain than with a DIY post. 
What you'll need:
Clean, dry nails
Base Coat (I used Orly Bonder),
3-4 polish colors (I used Essie Lady Like, Recessionista, School of Hard Rocks, No More Film),
make up sponges, scissors, q-tips, polish remover, 
a top coat (I used Seche Fast Dry Top Coat).
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After applying a base coat start with your light colored polish. You can skip this step but I find that a base coat of color helps create a more solid look after sponging.

*While the base coat is drying take a makeup sponge and cut it so the sponge width is just wide enough to cover your thumb nail.*
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You'll repaint the sponge a few times for each hand since the polish tends to dry quickly and gets used up.
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Start with light pressure on the sponge for a thin coat and wait for it to dry. Then go back with a freshly painted sponge and apply harder pressure. Repeat this till you have the desired darkness and coating for your nail.
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You'll want to wait till your nails are dry to the touch to do this step.
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Yes, it is a little messy but it's very quick and easy to do and so many different variations you could create. There is a trick where you can put cuticle oil on your skin to help with easier clean up but I haven't tried it yet because if you have any oil on your nail bed the polish won't stick as well.

I love that you can do this with any colors you want. I was thinking red, white, and green for the holiday season. The one thing to remember is to just have fun with it.
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10 comments

  1. This is so neat! I always admire people that can do fun things with their nails! I will have to attempt this! xo
    Best, M.
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  2. amazing tutorial, your nails look like they were glazed & fired like ceramic pots!!! love this look! must try!

    xo. c & v
    cake & valley

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  3. love how your nails turned out! I tried the sponging technique and I was horrible at it haha.

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  4. I love this - totally going to try it out this weekend...thanks for the tutorial!

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  5. This looks really cool! Love the colors that you picked out!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

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  6. What a cool tip! You're giving me ideas. :)

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  7. Great polish colors! Glad to have found your blog <3

    Best,
    Colour Me Classic

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  8. Wow, so awesome. I'm loving this... stripes on my fingers? yes, please!

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