My nails ended up quite nubbiny after I got back from Wisconsin… I had several small tears in them that I was unable to patch while I was on vacation, so I cut them all down and am starting over again. On the plus side, short nails make me want to wear bold colors and loud glitters, so I don’t mind them too much.
I may have to reprise this look further into the holiday season… I think the subtle gold glitter near the cuticles would be great for a classy Christmas look.
For this design, I applied my basecoat and followed it with two thin coats of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Quick Brick. To make cleanup easier, I took a cosmetic sponge and trimmed the end into a rounded shape narrower than my smallest nail. I poured a little puddle of ORLY Rock The World on to a piece of scratch paper (read: junk mail) and used the sponge to dab a little gradient on each nail, heaviest at the cuticle. I finished off the design with a topcoat of NYC Grand Central Station (not pictured).
What do you think?