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WNAC Dots - Falling Gold Glitter Gradient


Today I have a super festive mani to share with you as the last prompt in November's WNAC.

I feel like gold and red is such a classic combo and works for so many events/occasions or just when you're feeling like you want a little extra on your nails. 😉

I have long considered doing a glitter gradient but I never tried it thinking that I'd fail miserably but as it turns out, it's super easy and you don't need anything but a gentle touch and very little glitter polish to achieve this look.

I have seen people creating this look with a sponge and I too was going to do that very same technique; but if there's something you need to know about it, it's that I really hate doing clean up. 😂 Not only does acetone/remover dry out my cuticles and make them feel ick, I just don't like having to do cleanup at all, which is why I don't do the gradients and things as often as I use to. Of course there are liquid latex and tape and all such things to keep clean up to a minimum, but I'd rather just find ways not to have to deal with clean up at all. 😁

Case in point, for this mani, I wiped off both sides of the brush leaving only the gold glitters on the edges of the brush and used those glitters to first lay down a very sparse layer of glitter, concentrating more near the free edge and less as I worked towards my cuticle. Oddly enough, my very first few glitters I swiped from mid-nail to free edge and then the rest of the layers I went from free edge down towards my cuticle. Is this making any sense? I hope so! 😆

Honestly, the trick is to work in thin layers until you're happy with your results. a few dabs here and there but always making sure your brush isn't loaded so you don't get those crazy clumps of glitter. If you do happen to get a crazy clump, just wipe off everything on your brush and then go in and try and move the clump around to spread it out over your nail while it's still wet.

It's not as hard as I'm making it sound, this was my first attempt and by the time I got to my 3rd nail, I was basically a pro 😄 Ok no, but it got easier for sure. 

I realize that there are lots of gaps but I actually love it and it feels more like a falling glitter gradient than a true gradient. I'm more than ok with the end results. 😍 Also, I just renamed the title of this post to Falling Glitter Gradient 😁 It had to be done.

Here is what I used:

Base coat: Yellow Stopper
SpaRitual* - Love Lives Here
Color Club - Ain't it Grand

I didn't use a top coat for this design but if I was going to keep this mani on, I would use my trusty Seche Vite* top coat.

Well that's all for today! I hope you like this falling glitter gradient design as much as I do!

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