Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tutorial: Gradient with Glitter

For this mani I am using Pure Ice Wild Thing + NYX Lime Sparkle

-Begin with your base color, let it dry 3-4 minutes before beginning with the glitter

-1st layer: have just a little bit of polish on the brush, dab it on the top 1/3 of your nails to get excess glitter off, then do light strokes on the entire nail from base to tip, so it is a thin/sheer layer of glitter everywhere

-2nd layer: again get a little polish on the brush and dab that on the tips, then do the top 2/3 or 3/4 of the nail (depending on how long your nails are), not going over the 1/4 above your cuticles

-3rd layer: dab on top 1/3 of nail again then lightly go over the top 1/2 of your nail

-4th layer: (optional) just put a little on the top 1/4

warning about topcoats: every time I've put a Quick Dry top coat over this many layers of glitter it ends up shrinking and rippling at the tips, so I just let every layer dry 3-4 minutes between coats and I skip the quick dry top coat and just let it dry on its own. Do thin layers so it's not so thick and goopy.

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