VIDEO TUTORIAL AT THE END OF THE POST!
Ooh sparkly! I know, this is insane, and not for everyday wear, but nail art is ART for a reason, ya hear!!
What saves me from tears in doing these glitter gradient manis these days! This is Liquid Palisade, a liquid-to-solid barrier that protects your cuticle and skin while sponging on polish or glitter. Check it out in action in the video below!
1MIN OR LESS VIDEO TUTORIAL:
(see also 15sec version on Instagram)
I also used half moon nail vinyls from NailVinyls.com to help me guide the two gradients. I didn't need to use top coat in between layers like I normally do (see my Gradient Guide for more on that) because the glitters dry rather raw in a sense and I just lightly applied the vinyl down to sponge on the second gradient and when I removed the vinyl it didn't pull up any glitter base. Score! This was a risk, but I'd tested it on my pinky first and it worked like a charm. Those vinyls have just the right amount of stick - they don't stick too hard to raw glitters which is good in this case! If you wanted them to stick well, you'd have to smooth out the glitters with a top coat. I waited until the nail art extravaganza was all finished before I added top coat.
- FUN Lacquer 'Secret' (turquoise holo glitters in clear jelly - see swatches and review of the collection here and shop FUN Lacquer here)
- FUN Lacquer 'Prima Donna' (light pink holo glitters in clear jelly)
- FUN Lacquer 'Million Dollar Dream' (gold holo glitters in clear jelly)
*Polishes were provided by FUN Lacquer to me for my review; Liquid Palisade was provided by Kiesque for my review; nail vinyls were provided by NailVinyls.com for my review.