Friday, November 18, 2011

Thievery

I totally lifted this mani idea from something I saw on Pinterest:


I had put on Zoya Neeka from the fall 2011 Mirrors collection a couple nights ago, but I got a fair amount of tip wear yesterday when I was doing some cooking (and thus, hand washing of pots and knives).  So last night I applied Zoya Karina just at the tips, topped it with China Glaze Matte Magic, and then used my dotting tool and CND Super Shiney topcoat to make the dots.

I'm really liking this gradient effect, and it's a great way to deal with tip wear.  I did this the same way I did my glitter tips.  I dotted the upper color just along the tips after wiping most of the polish off the brush, and then stroked it downward toward my cuticle, lifting my brush up at about halfway down the nail.  I have to admit though, it does look better with the matte topcoat.  The color transition is a little abrupt when it's shiny.  I'd like to figure out a way to make the transition more subtle.  Any ideas?

9 comments:

  1. Being ignorant in nail polish related matters I have no ideas for a smooth transition, but I’m loving the colour combo. LOVE.IT.

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  2. Purple and red together always feels very regal to me. No idea why!

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  3. I've heard sponging is a good way to achieve gradients, but I haven't tried it yet.

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  4. I tried sponging once or twice, but I wasn't very good at it. It definitely needs practice, but I think it would give a more subtle color shift once you were good at it.

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  5. Okay, I'm going to pick some sorta wild color for my nail, right now.
    hugs
    Gerry

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  6. Looks awesome! I'm off work next week, so I need to do something really fun on my nails! I have the same problem with trying to do gradients--I don't like that harsh line. Sponging was better but I need practice too. I guess you can try a jelly or mix some of your color #2 with some clear to make a pseudo-jelly. I looked for the Pebble Beach thing but couldn't find it locally.

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  7. Gah! I did buy the Pebble Beach thing, and when I tried to use it, the smell was so bad I immediately got a really intense headache! I don't know what's in that stuff! I actually returned them to Walgreens! I've never returned polish before, but that stuff just felt toxic!

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