I was really stumped what to do for my birthday mani. I considered doing a ‘cupcake’ nail art design, but that would be really predictable, now wouldn’t it? So, I decided to try something I hadn’t tried before and incorporate two of my favourite things into it. Purple and glitter! My favourite glitter is Tip Top Rocky Road and I just knew I had to use it. I decided to try an ombré. I had been hesitant of trying this technique because of how messy it is, but hell, it’s my birthday right? So I bit the bullet. About halfway through doing it I had a meltdown and phoned Ordinary Misfit to whine about how badly it was going. I’ve read in many a tutorial that ombré doesn’t look good until you have done a top coat which ‘blends’ the colours, but even after I had done that I didn’t like it.
I started off with a base coat of Tip Top Miraculous results. I then applied two coats of Tip Top Cream Puff (off white) as a base. I cleaned up the Cream Puff to try and prevent a white border sticking out on the edges. I took my make up sponge and painted my 3 purple colours in lines along the sponge and then tried to sponge the colour onto my nail. Nothing. Nothing came off the sponge. Also, my base wasn’t properly dry, so the whole story was very tacky (lesson 1). I figured the sponge was maybe sucking up all the polish so I kept on re-applying polish to the sponge and attempting to sponge onto the nail. I did this over and over. It took a long time for anything to start coming off the sponge and sticking to the nail, despite my fingers being full of the stuff. It was somewhere here that I had the melt down. I was also bumping the Cream Puff layers. The lightest purple didn’t show up at all and at some point I started filling that in with a polish brush on some nails. I also wanted the darkest part darker on some of the nails so painted just the dark colour and sponged on the tips repeatedly. Man it was hard. Eventually I decided I had enough polish on all the nails and then did a top coat. I still didn’t like it. I felt like taking it all off, but I knew that Rocky Road just might save the day.
You can see in this photo that I was struggling to sponge right into the edge of my nail around my cuticles. It all looks very uneven.
My left hand came out quite crap, my right hand looked okay. I don’t think that it has anything to do with using my dominant hand (I’m left handed). You don’t exactly need precision or skill to sponge the polish on. These “before” and “in progress” pictures were never meant for publication, but I decided to post then so you could see what I was talking about.
Rocky Road hides a multitude of sins, including an uneven ombré, I’ll have you know. So I added a coat of Rocky Road…low and behold!
The above picture has an Instagram filter on it. I disclosed, so it’s not cheating 😛
I followed a tip I had picked up on the nail blogs. While I was doing the ombré I put my bottle of Rocky Road upside down so that the bigger glitter hexes that may have sunk to the bottom could come back up to the top. It really worked! I didn’t nearly have to fish for glitter this time. I still needed to use the blob and spread method to make sure the bigger glitters weren’t all in one spot, but there were plenty big glitter hexes to go around! After applying the Rocky Road my ombré looked great and I loved it! I’m not sure if I’ll brave the ombré soon again. I was quite traumatized by the whole experience! The clean up was by far the easiest part. I think next time I’ll let my base colour dry completely and perhaps use an eye shadow applicator sponge instead of the big one (lesson 2). I think it will be a while though 😛 What do you think of ombrés? Have you tried it? Was it easier for you?