25 January 2011

Dark Red French Tips with Red Glitter (Gradient Effect) with a small tutorial

I want to clarify something first: the integrity of this manicure and condition of my hands greatly diminished as I was taking these photos. I underestimated the drying time of the top coat before smashing my hands into my boxing gloves for my Boxing class. Since I have sensitive skin on my hands, all that punching reeked havoc on them. Please bear with me. :(

After seeing several of 'Chelle's French tip gradient manicures: here and here. I was feeling quite inspired to create my own without having to purchase any new polish! I decided to sorta make a small tutorial just in case there would be any questions as to how I did the gradient effect.

I decided to take pictures with flash and without flash because as you know, flash makes a huge difference on the actual color of the polish and the manicure as a whole.

Nail Design with Flash

Black French Tip with Red Glitter
  • Dark Red French Tips (looks black): OPI's Midnight in Moscow (Swiss Collection). This is an extremely dark red color when it is in the bottle. I noticed that when I painted it on my nails, it was more of a black with red glitter in it.
  • Red Glitter : Ozotic's 203 (which I got from 'Chelle from our Swap. Thanks again!). This is sheer red glitter with silver strips? or flakes? Not sure what they are called. Very pretty color though.
  • Nude Glitter: Essie's Cool-Lots. I totally forgot to include this polish during the photo shoot! It is an extremely sheer nude glitter polish which I mainly use as a polish topper.

As you can see with the flash, you get a better picture of how dark the OPI Midnight in Moscow is. But with the flash, the red of the Ozotic Pro 203 is just a little too bright.

OPI Midnight in Moscrow & Ozotic Pro 203
However, without the flash Midnight in Moscow looks reddish-brown and 203 is more on par with what the color really looks like.


This is just a close up of Ozotic Pro 203, you can see the little silver strips/flakes which I must say is what I love about this polish (besides the fact that it is a glitter polish). As you can see, the flash makes the red super bright!

Now here comes the small tutorial: How to create the "Gradient Effect".

How to do the Gradient Effect

So what I did here was create guidelines to show where you are suppose to apply the glitter polish. They are pretty self explanatory: first layer goes on first (black area), second layer goes on second (red area) and third layer goes on last (white area). Make sure to let each layer fully dry before applying!

I hope that small tutorial made sense! You can easily re-create this look any sheer glitter polish for your French Tip manicures. Let me know if this works out for those of you who tried this small tutorial!

Thanks to 'Chelle for the Ozotic Pro 203 and the inspiration to create this manicure!


Beauty shades said...

Uau the opi color is gorgeus i love glitter :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, that awesome. Glitter is always good!

Camila F.

Trish said...

if only i had the patience to do this o_o haha!!

& i live near glendale/pasadena area (eagle rock), im moving sometime in the next few months, but its pretty much somewhere in the area as well, ahh i know its so cool to know you live near a blogger! what area do you live in?

Silence is Loud said...

Ozotic Pro 203 is pretty!!! nice gradient too.

Nice to meet you~~=D

*~kAy~* said...

I love the gradient effect! <3
your guidelines were really clear :3

Thanks so much for your comment! :3 you always leave such nice comments!!! :3
Are you going to join my giveaway? :p

'chelle said...

This is gorgeous Alice! I love that you did a tutorial too =D Was the glitter hard to get onto the nail?

I think I'll need to do a red gradient in the future hehe.

Miles Of Style said...

pretty nail art sweetie! you're so meticulous and do such a clean job with your nail paints!

Vicki said...

love these!!! wish i had a steady enough hand to do this! :) x

Katherine said...

OMG love the Midnight in Moscow! Such a great color!

Anonymous said...

I loooved this one!

This color of the OPI is amazing.. i really like reds like this one..

Giiirl..thanks for your comment..and tka esome pictures of your Melissas...i'd love to see them..


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