I’m going to make a bold statement. While I will always love traditional nail polish, I think that gel is the wave of the future. It is here to stay, and it is awesome sauce. (Man, I can’t believe I just said “awesome sauce.” Does anybody even say that anymore?). Here’s the thing: gel is perfect for most people who don’t change their nail polish every day. It adds strength to the natural nail and it lasts for much longer than traditional polish, and it is so amazingly shiny and smooth. I am really starting to love gel! The only thing is that switching to gel from traditional polish can be a bit of a transition. It applies differently than traditional polish – it’s thicker, and you have to cure it with a light after each step. So, as I’ve been experimenting more and more with gel, I have also begun developing some nail art techniques. The kind folks at Couture Gel Nail Polish sent me some of their gels so I could show you how to do your own gel nail art. Today’s look is a glitter gradient – after the jump and some photos, be sure to check out my tutorial.
I have really enjoyed trying out gels, but they do take some getting used to! What I love, a lot, is that they last for a long time and also that they’re so shiny. Especially when I’m at nail school, and my hands are in water and acetone all day, it’s pretty amazing that I can have beautifully polished nails, too! Otherwise, regular polish would just chip right off. For this look, I used Couture Gel Nail Polish base and top coat, their curing lamp, and Persian Bleu and Champagne Diet – but you could create this look using any base color and any glitter. I created a video tutorial so that you can see how I got this look. Remember to cure between each layer!