06 November 2015

Nail art // 40 Great Nail Art Ideas - black & white

Hi loves! Today I have another post for you showcasing a nail art look created for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas challenge :-). It is going to be short and sweet because I'm writing this last minute, but really, this particular look will steal my thunder either way ^^. This weeks prompt is black & white and my assigned pattern/technique is gradient. I went with a fading stampicure! Also, check out all the other entries at the end of my post to see all other designs!

Am I right?! This look is SO amazing!

Because my weekends have been busy lately and I had to do some swatching last Monday (I had an extra day off after visiting Paris) there was no time left to come up with elaborate ideas for the black & white + gradient prompt. I was sitting in a traffic jam on Thursday night when this idea popped into my head - a fading stamping look! It's something I have been meaning to try for a while now, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

To create the look I started with a base of Cirque Colors Carpe Diem, I used 2 coats for an even result. After it dried a bit I applied Dance Legend Pure Manicure cuticle defender around my nails and also a bit at the bottom of my nails. Somehow I always end up with a gradient that takes up to much of my nails, and this felt like a neat way to keep enough white at the bottom of the gradient.

Using a make-up sponge, I created a white to black gradient using Cirque Colors Memento Mori, focusing on my tips to create an opaque finish. After the sponging I removed my liquid latex, and did a first round of clean-up. I like to do clean-up in small steps, this way it doesn't build up too much and it's easier to handle. Next I added a fresh layer of my liquid latex and did the stamping bit of my look. I used a plate from MoYou London and again, Cirque Colors Memento Mori. Oh my gosh, I am just completely smitten with the outcome! It's so damn perfect!

A layer of shiny topcoat blended the stamping and gradient perfectly, and I am definitely going to try this technique again. Especially because I couldn't keep this look on my digits :-(!

Have you ever tried a faded stamping look? And what do you think of my take on the black & white + gradient prompt? Tell me in the comments!

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