Thursday, October 1, 2015

A England - St. George, Lady Of The Lake & Crown of Thistles with MoYou London - Suki 01

I decided to figure out how to do a sponge gradient. This is actually my third try, I kept running into problems, lol.

So, the first time I used a different set of colors and I used the darkest color as the base color, that didn't work out because the lighest color wasn't opaque enough to cover the dark color so that mani got scrapped.

The second time I used the lightest color as a base but I ran into some sponge issues. It seems the top layer of the sponge is kind of fragile and when the nail polish started drying out it pulled small little balls of sponge with it and stuck it to my mani so it was lumpy. I found a way around that by just cutting off the first layer of the makeup sponge.

So, my third try is what is pictured. I used Elmer's glue all around my fingers for easy cleanup but, it seems my nail beds are pretty deep so while it was easy cleanup for the rest of my finger... my cuticles were still a mess. So, I cleaned up but ended up taking too much polish away which is why the color is so far away from my cuticles. I really had to stuff the cleanup brush down into my cuticle pocket though because the dark color stained my cuticles so badly. Another thing I noticed was that I had to put an extra thick strip of the middle color or I don't get enough of it showing because it overlaps with both colors and you lose some of it moving up and down with the sponge. I decided to stamp over it because it wasn't as clean or smooth as I would have liked it.

Not perfect by any means but, I learned a lot through trial and error. I think next time I will try using a small manicure brush to get more coverage on my cuticles with the Elmer's glue. I could have done this over and probably had better results to be more photogenic but... that would be a waste of nail polish. :P

This is a sponge gradient of A England - St.George, A England - Lady of the Lake and A England - Crown of Thistles. I used China Glaze - Liquid Leather for stamping with MoYou London - Suki 01 stamping plate.

Polish: a england - St. George, Lady of the Lake & Crown of Thistles: $12.95 Nail Polish Canada, £9 a england, S$15 Mei Mei's Signatures, $15.40 Femme Fatale Cosmetics
Stamping Plate: MoYou London - Suki 01: £4.99 MoYou, $12 AUD Picture Polish
Stamping Polish: China Glaze - Liquid Leather: $7.95 Nail Polish Canada, $3.25, $6.99 Sally Beauty Supply, $7.50 Ulta