Best. Mani. Ever. #NOTD
I want to give my hands an award for looking AWESOME today. This is my absolute favorite mani I’ve done so far. It all started when I stopped by Sally’s for the new China Glaze Wicked collection, and found out it’s not expected in for another week or so. I couldn’t leave empty handed, so I picked up a bottle of the ever-popular Lubu Heels. Lubu is a deep vampy red that’s filled with bright red glitter. It is the dark, twisted sister of Ruby Pumps.
That’s when I started thinking about gradients. And stamped gradients. So I fished around in my Helmer for a bit and picked out a bottle of OPI’s Royal Rajah Ruby, a lovely deep metallic red that’s similar in tone to Lubu Heels.
Here we go.
I did one full coat of Ruby Pumps, then added a second coat just on the cuticle-half of the nail. Next I did a coat of Lubu Heels on the tip half of each nail. Finally I dabbed a bit of RP and LH on a sponge and stippled a smooth transition between the two shades. It took a bit of delicate maneuvering to get the gradient right, but I’m ecstatic with the result.
After a few minutes of drying time I went back over it with Royal Rajah Ruby and a fishnet design from one of my Bundle Monster plates. You can hardly see the stamp but I think it helps visually transition the gradient. I topped it with a coat of Sally Hansen’s Diamond Shine top coat, and a coat of Seche Vite, of course.
There’s no sun anywhere in the heavens today, so I took a bunch of shots in various types of lighting. It’s friggin’ amazing, folks. Trust me. Try not to notice my inconsistent nail shape, since I lost the corner off of my middle finger, dammit.
Posted on October 1, 2012, in Misc and tagged bundle monster, china glaze, Diamond Shine, fishnet, glitter, Gradient, konad, lubu heels, manicure, nail polish, nailpolish, NOTD, opi, Royal Rajah Ruby, ruby pumps, Sally Hansen, Seche Vite, sparkle, sponging, stamping. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.