Hello everyone, happy Monday! I hope you had a relaxing and fun weekend. Today I have a quick and easy glitter gradient manicure for you. This is another scheduled post, because I am currently bathing in the Spanish sun, enjoying a little time off.
I started out this fish scale manicure by painting all my nails with one coat of Essie - Licorice and let that dry completely. I then applied fish scale nail vinyls from She Sells Sea Shells (say that three times fast :D) onto my nails and sponged over them with Ninja Polish Color Changing Garnet and Zultanite from the Facets collection. The technique is the same that you would use for a crème polish gradient. The make up sponge will soak up most of the clear base, giving you better glitter payoff. I needed two rounds of sponging to get the polishes to cover completely. The glitters in these two polishes are a bit gritty, so I had to apply two layers of Quickie top coat from Underground Cosmetics (and still it is not 100% smooth - dang it).
Color Changing Garnet is a clear base, loaded with small multichrome glitters and shimmer that shifts from emerald green to gold to a coppery red. Zultanite is a soft gold shade that shifts to a pretty vibrant green color. Applying them over a black base makes the color shift stand out better, but I somehow suck at captering the beauty of these multichromes. You can see the effect best at the edges of my nails, where the light hits the polish differently due to the natural curve of my nails.
The picture before the jump and the one above were taken in my lightbox. You can see that the polish appears different in direct sunlight compared to diffused light. The multichrome effect gives this mani kind of a mermaid look, which I really like.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what you think of nail vinyls! Do you like them? Or are they cheating?