Nail Art: Glitter Placement

I braved my local shopping centre on more than one occasion this week, on the hunt for a new dress to wear to lunch with my in-laws.  I found a dress - finally - but was a little lost for what to put on my nails to match!

This picture was taken after a good few days of wear, and you can see how fast my nails grow.  It's such a pain to have to keep filing or cutting them!  I have no doubt it's partly the fault of my basecoat, OPI's Nail Envy, however it keeps them so strong and sturdy that I can't bring myself to stop using it.

But on to the mani!

I prepped with Nail Envy, then used two coats of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls as a base.  Using The Nailasaurus's technique for gradients, I painted three colours onto a piece of plastic and swirled them together with a toothpick.  This creates the smoothest gradients, it's such a great technique!  I then dabbed a cosmetic sponge onto the wet polish, and dabbed it onto my nails.  I used about four sponged coats for the full opacity you see here.

The colours I used were Picture Polish's Swagger, Chi Chi's Mile High Club, and Ulta3's Candy Mohair.  I topped all nails bar my ring finger with a coat of OPI's Last Friday Night, and a coat of Glisten & Glow's HK Girl topcoat.  My ring fingers were accented with these gorgeous hex glitters by essence, and topped with a couple coats of HK Girl to smooth it out.

I got so many lovely comments on these nails, it's a shame to have to take them off!  But they really are starting to look shabby, so... onto more Christmas nails, maybe?

Do you use Sammy's gradient technique?  If not, how do you manager gorgeous gradient nails?

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