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?