It's been a loooooooong week where, no matter how hard I tried, I just could not catch up. Up till one or two AM most evenings pushing myself to finish things and just falling short. So no preview of what Hubby picked BUT I did do a manicure! I LOVE IT SO MUCH!
Step one: I created a gradient with Sally Hansen Resolution and NYC Empire State Blue. I used the makeup sponge method making sure to cut the sponge just slightly larger then my biggest nail. This is key for building up a solid look with sheer polishes. I sponged each nail making sure to sponger back and forth slightly to blend the meeting place in the center, let it dry, and then repeated. This is a solid 5 coats! These were very sheer and very thin polishes, but this shows it's doable.
Step two: After the base was COMPLETELY dry I taped a "v" shape up on the tip using painters tape. I've switch to painters tape because I feel I get cleaner lines and have less accidental pull up of the layer underneath the tape. I then applied Color Club Candy Cane and immediately removed the tape. This is essential for a clean line so you need a denser polish for this step to ensure full coverage.
Step three: The problem I ran into with the smaller "v" shape on top was that it's difficult to get perfect, tiny strips of tape so I can get the edges the same size. So I used striping tape and laid it down in the same fashion leaving a margin to ensure I got a thicker line of the Color Club to peek out from beneath. This was tricky as there was far less room for mess and error but with a nicer brush like on the Button London it's totally doable!
Step four: Wait until it's semi-dry to dry and top off with your favorite topcoat (Seche Vite in the case of mine) Enjoy your mixed media and very sparkly manicure! This would work sooo gorgeously with fashion chic colors like burgundy, mustard, navy, and pea green. Or in neutrals. Or neons. The possibilities are endless! Have fun :)
If you recreate this look either drop me a line or a post specific link in the comments - I'd love to do a weekly feature of inspired by Hubby's Picks!