Hello dear readers,
I’m still enjoying my stiletto shape and I’ve been practicing sponge gradients with regular polish, which I’ve never been terribly good at, but the black and red came out so nice on the swatch that I just had to incorporate it into this mani. I paired the vampy gradient with a hand drawn drawn design in bronzy-gold chrome for the accent nails.
The gradient was very easy to do, I started with 1 coat of IBD Luck of the Draw, cured and sticky layer removed with alcohol. I then masked off the skin with liquid latex for easier cleanup and then using an makeup sponge and Sinful Colors Black on Black and Sally Hansen Red Snapper I sponged on the colors over the gel polish. It took three coats to get the opacity I wanted. The regular polish dried really quickly between coats so this did not take long, about 10 min. I then removed the latex and did some minor cleanup around the cuticle with acetone. I made sure the polish was completely dried, I moved on to doing the accent nails, about 30 min, before applying 2 coats of gel topcoat.
For the accent nails, I applied 2 thin coats LeChat Black Velvet, cured and sticky layer removed. I then hand drew the design using First Gel’s Royal Nude gel paint, cured and removed sticky layer. I then applied Crystal Nails Bronze ChroMe UV polish (the bronze looks more like antique gold over the black to me) over the design with a fine detail brush making sure not to get the chrome on the black background. Any bits of excess chrome I got on the black I simple covered with a little of the Black Velvet. I cured in the LED lamp for 30 seconds and then topped with 2 coats of a no-wipe top coat.
If you don’t have the chromes you could certainly do the design using a foiling gel or foiling glue and gold transfer foil.
And because it’s almost halloween, here’s a vampy hand pose :D.
Products I used are linked below:
IBD Luck of the Draw gel polish
LeChat Black Velvet gel polish
First Gel Royal Nude gel paint
Crystal Nails Bronze Chrome UV polish
Sally Hansen Triple Shine Red Snapper
Sinful Colors Black on Black
Akzentz Shine On no-wipe gel topcoat