I was inspired by a picture on Pinterest that has been floating around. I altered the colours a bit to make it look a bit more realistic. Sorry if it looks a bit messy, but i used alot of polish and it was sorta hard to clean my fingers properly =P.
I started by doing gradient sunset nails - I painted a thick layer of NYX My Sunshine on each nail. Then I sponged on OPI On Collins Ave half way up the nail, the sponged on a bit of Ulta3 Sizzling Red, following up with a bit of Essie Mesmerize. On my right hand you'll see I also put a tiny dark strip of Essie Midnight Cami just on the tips.
It takes a bit of time, waiting for the layers to dry and all. Sponging also takes a bit of practice, just to get the gradient you want. I used a regular make up sponge for mine. Beware, it could start to wear away and leave bit of sponge all over your nails! So get some good quality sponges. Id imagine a regular kitchen sponge would work too.
And after I did the gradient I applied a layer of top coat, then followed with the palm tree design and finally another layer of topcoat =).
I'd love to do gradient nails more often! The effect is so pretty and it really is easy once you practice a couple of times.