Hello dear readers,
I have been so busy at work the past month that I couldn’t find time to do a new mani so it’s a good thing my vintage design lasted 4 weeks before I finally able to do a new one.
For this week’s design I kept it simple, well, simple for me, lol. I wanted to try a new color from Gelaze and pair it with some bright neon colors. The base color is That’s Shore Bright, a gorgeous light, bright purple neon. Now, some of you may know that I’m not a fan of the Gelaze colors, most have terrible shrink back (even after using my Robart shaker) and application can be a bit streaky. That’s Shore Bright is an exception, it applied flawlessly (like buttah) with no streaking and absolutely no shrink back. I’ll even go as far to say that this color applied better than any other that I own. I’m not sure if China Glaze changed their formula or if it’s just a one off but I’m impressed! Two coats was all that was needed and after topping with a coat of top coat I was ready to do my design.
Note: for this design you’ll want to do this over a complete mani as you will not be applying top coat over the art work, this will have a raised, textured feel.
I drew the flourish design with Mosaic Snow White gel paint (this will help the neon colors pop) and did NOT cure. I took two Glam and Glits acrylic powders from the Color Pop Collection in Berry Bliss and Sunset Paradise and sprinkled them into the uncured gel paint creating a gradient. I tapped off the excess powder and sprinkled on a second layer to intensify the color and tapped off the excess. I then cured for 30 seconds in my LED lamp. You can either use a nail brush or a spritz of alcohol to remove any excess powder after curing. What you are left with is a beautiful, hardened, textured design.
Note: Even though acrylic powder was used, it will still soak off with your normal soak off routine. You can file down the design a bit to aid in soaking off.
Stay tuned for the video tutorial!