Friday, February 1, 2013

Flip Flop February - Gradient

First day of the new challenge! I'm really excited for this one. It's for the entire month of February, so I'll be busy updating everyday for a while. But this challenge is interesting since there are two themes each day. This way people can choose which one they want to do! For today's, I chose a gradient.

I did another glitter gradient. I really love glitter gradients and how easy they are to do, but also how interesting they end up looking. I normally use glitter polishes or glitter topcoats to do my gradients, but today I tried something new - loose glitter.

I only used one polish this time! I use Milani U Pinky Swear and some loose pink glitter. U Pinky Swear is a light pink creme. I didn't really know what colors to do for today, so I picked my glitter first, since I have less glitter colors to choose from. The pink glitter stood out to me, so I picked another pink to go with it.

I wasn't really sure how it would turn out just by looking at the colors next to each other. I don't have many light pink polishes to choose from, so I just went for it! My second choice was putting the pink glitter over black, but I was afraid that it wouldn't show up too well on a dark polish.

I applied three coats of U Pinky Swear. It was a little streaky at first, but evened out pretty nicely. I then used a coat of Out the Door topcoat. Before the topcoat dried, I dipped my clean, dry brush into the pot of glitter, and then dabbed it into the wet topcoat. Not as much stuck as I wanted, so I applied another layer of topcoat, and then dabbed a bit more so it would be thicker toward the tips. Then I added one final coat of Out the Door to make it smooth. 

That's a lot of topcoat, I know! I used three coats total in between and on top of the glitter. But I think it worked well for my first time using loose glitter. I did, however, get some all over my desk, but it was pretty easy to sweep back into the little pot with my fingers. I really like these nails though! They are definitely getting me in the Valentine's mood.

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  1. Lovely! It looks like candy!

  2. this is so beautiful! it looks like the edible sugar sprinkles you can buy for cake decorating :)

  3. Pretty! I'll have to give the glitter gradient a try. :)

  4. Wow! Awesome job! I love the texture of the loose glitter


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