Thursday, January 12, 2012

Gold flake ombre

I mentioned in my flakies comparison post that I wanted to try an ombre nail with Essie As Gold as it Gets. At first I tried it over silver, but there wasn't enough contrast, so my nails just sort of looked yellow at the tips. So I started over with two base coats of China Glaze Shower Together. The results didn't disappoint.

This is beyond easy to do yourself. Imagine your nail is divided into four quarters from base to tip. Working with very thin coats of As Gold as it Gets, paint just the tip, then put a second (again, very thin) coat over the top half of the nail. For your final coat, paint the top three quarters of the nail, leaving about the last quarter unembellished.

I finished it off with a coat of Essie Matte About You topcoat.

I love the gold over the blue, and the flakes really stand out under the matte topcoat. 

Anyone else doing anything fun with some of the new "special effects" polishes?

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