Last night I got a bit wary about how this reciprocal gradient was going to work out, especially where time was concerned, so I only did an accent nail. If you've never seen one, check out this tutorial by Colette. Looks easy, right? It... kind of is.
I think hers looks better. lol It could be that she used three colors. I think it has more to do with the straightness and spacing of her stripe-lines. Also the stark contrast between her darkest and lightest colors. Still, not bad for a first try if I do say so myself. ;) I'm not going to leave you high and dry with just that. Last night I tried out my glue barrier idea!
That looks all kinds of wrong... I did have to go around the edge of my nail a few times with a toothpick to clean up spillage. Thankfully, though, it did stick long enough for me to finish the sponging.
Then a quick grab on the end with my tweezers...
And voila! No cleanup!
What?! Yep. Despite the extra time waiting for the glue to dry, I like this much better than practically soaking my fingers with acetone trying to get all that extra polish off. No little glitter specks all over the place, no staining. Awesome. Tomorrow I'm going to swatch Lily Bloom and... I'm going to try and remember the wicked cool art idea I had before I get to Madly Purpled... hrm... I know I had one... should have written it down... *shrugs* We'll see what happens. Oh! I finally got my 'returning subscriber' re-invite from Nail Art Society! They're charging for shipping now. :( *boo* Apparently they teamed with Orly for August so we'll see if it's worth it. If not I can always cancel and try out that BlackBox one. Which I kind of want to anyway, but.... I'm going to wait until I get my tablet before I start adding extra expenses. :p Hope everyone is having a fantastic (and relaxing) weekend!! :D