I might be a little behind the times but I've just gotten in to Tumblr in a huge way. Pinterest was getting a bit same-y so I've been trawling the tumbles for nail ideas. Sooo many I really should start writing them down. Anyway, I saw this amazing spin on laser nails where instead of stripes of colour under the black, it was a smooth gradient. Since I can do gradients now, I had to give it a shot. My tumblr is polishallthenails.tumblr.com/, by the way. End shameless plug!
I wanted super bright colours for my gradient so after applying two coats of L.A. Delicate - any white will do - I painted squares of China Glaze I'm With The Lifeguard, Sun-Kissed, Sky High-Top and Pool Party on my makeup sponge and went to town. Turns out it's no more difficult to do a four-way gradient than it is to do one that goes top to bottom. You just paint the pattern on the sponge and just make sure you line it up properly on the nail. Once it was completely dry and I'd waited another five minutes, I cracked out the striping tape and created my zig-zags. The tape isn't the best application I've ever done but it kinda adds to the whole scratch-off art theme.
The Verdict: I kinda love how this came out. I'm sad my thumb didn't come out so well but the rest were colourful enough I'm ok with it. Also please ignore the overly photoshopped cuticles, my hands don't handle winter especially well. I never touch my nails themselves, if that helps :)