Sunday, September 8, 2013

31DC2013 Day 08: Distressed Metallic Gradient

Though I've had some trouble coming up with designs for previous 31DC days, when I sat down to do my metallic nails, I knew exactly what I wanted to do and exactly which polishes I wanted to use.

The polishes I used are all a part of the new China Glaze Autumn Nights collection. The shades are:
China Glaze Gossip Over Gimlets - A sparkly, flecky silver
China Glaze Goldie But Goodie - A sparkly, flecky gold
China Glaze Strike Up a Cosmo - A sparkly, flecky blushing bronze

I applied Liquid Palisade to my cuticles and the surrounding areas of skin to protect them from the oncoming sparkle hurricane. TIP: You could also use Elmer's glue in the same way! Just be sure to let it dry first.

Using a triangle makeup wedge, I sponged the polishes on to the nail, creating a gradient effect.

I peeled the Liquid Palisade off to reveal nice, clean fingers that needed only minimal cleanup (thank goodness).

The final step was to add the distressed effect using a black polish. It's really easy -- all you need is the polish brush! Wipe it off very well on the neck of the bottle, then use the brush to swipe some semi-dry strokes of polish over the top of the manicure. The effect takes care of itself!

These final two photos are the lovely polishes in direct light. They're pretty and sparkly while still retaining a metallic finish!

The China Glaze Autumn Nights collection is available now in salons and beauty supply stores.

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My metallic nails from 2012!
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  1. Ahhh! I thought this was a stamp at first! This is lovely and something I totally want to try!

  2. This is the PERFECT amount of distressing. Excellent job, really lovely. :)

  3. Excellent job, I thought the black was the base at first look. I really like this!

  4. Wow! This looks so cool! I thought it was a stamp at first too. I can't wait to try out the new autumn nights collection, I didn't know it was out yet!

  5. This is SOOO cool! I love the way the black looks over the sparkly shades, so perfect!

  6. Sarah, this is SO stunning! Great job - as usual!!

  7. Lucy from Lucy's StashSeptember 8, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Love this manicure, so unusual!

  8. Love this metallic look - must be a pain to get off though!

  9. This was cool, I really liked the distressed black, it made it look antique! :D

  10. This is probably one of the best distressed nail look I've seen! Love it! ♥

  11. These are like an antique piece of art, from long forgotten ages!
    You did an astounding job! I am loving the whole look and to think it was fairly simple to achieve!! **

  12. This is so unique! Very Cool!

  13. 1) this is HOT! I love it!
    2) +1 for "oncoming sparkle hurricane", I lol'd :D

  14. Gorgeous ♥ I love this so much!

  15. This is awesome! I loved the effect with the denim nails but this looks even more interesting!

  16. It looked a little like a shatter top coat at first. It's beautiful! I would love to see a tutorial video!!! :)

  17. This is gorgeous! I love it a lot! I think I might have to try this! Really great job.

  18. There's only one word for this: Perfect!

  19. GAH!! This is crazy awesome! "Sparkle Hurricane" is sooo sooo true.

  20. wow what an amazing look!

  21. Wow this is awesome! I'm going to have to try this sometime

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