Hi everyone! Did you have a good weekend? It is slowly dawning on me that Christmas is coming faster than you can say ho ho ho. I am not ready for it to be Christmas, but I am always ready for Christmas nails! That aside, for the mani I want to show you today I tried my hand at gradient stamping. I was seriously impressed when I saw someone doing this on a YouTube video, but it took me ages to get around to trying it. Let me show you how it turned out.
I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted 2 coats of Tip Top Grecian Urn on all of my nails. Grecian Urn is a gorgeous metallic bronze coloured polish with a pink colour shift. In direct sunlight you can even spot a sparse holographic shimmer which is beautiful! The formula is good, but you need to apply it carefully to avoid brush strokes. If you have too much polish on your brush this will also cause an uneven finish so make sure to wipe enough off before applying it to your nails. Once my nails were dry I used the bottom image of PUEEN 26 to stamp over all of my nails. I used Tip Top Crushed Grapes and Sherbet Angel to create the gradient in the stamped image. I wish the Sherbet Angel showed up a little better over the Grecian Urn, but since this is a first attempt I’m going to give myself a break 😉 I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite. The result:
First of all, can we please take a moment to acknowledge the absolute awesomeness of my new macro lens? Wow. I’m so blown away by the macro photo! Such an awesome little gadget! No buyer’s remorse over here. I ordered my macro lens for my Samsung SIII here. As I mentioned before, I wish the Sherbet Angel showed up a little better over the base, but other than that I like how this mani turned out. It really is beautiful and one of my colleagues even referred to it as “exquisite”. So much love for that! Next time I do a gradient stamp I’ll be sure to use a lighter base and hopefully pick up some better contrast.
Be sure to let me know what you think of this one in the comments!