"Start with a neon pink nail. Then, mix your black color with a thin base coat in order to layer it — I suggest you start with mostly the base coat. Use an eyeshadow brush to apply the thinned-out color to the bottom half of the nail using very, very gentle swipes and dabs. With each layer, you start a bit lower on the nail and the mixture will be increasingly opaque. A good top coat will also help blend the gradient."
Stila #30 Double Ended Eyeshadow Brush, $18, available at Nordstrom. Dior Haute Couleur in Plaza, $23, available at Dior.
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