June 13, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen: Loaded Lacquer Steampunk'd Gradient Nails

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Happy Friday my loves! Today is the last day of The Digit-al Dozen does METAL week! I have something beautiful and sparkly to show you :) I've been dying to use the beautiful glitter topper polish 'Steampunk' from indie brand Loaded Lacquer since I got it but nothing felt quite right with it until now. Check it out!

The Digit-al Dozen: Loaded Lacquer Steampunk'd Glittery Gradient Nails | Manicurity.com

The Digit-al Dozen: Loaded Lacquer Steampunk'd Glittery Gradient Nails | Manicurity.com

The Design

There's not really a ton of 'design' that went into this, but I think a well done gradient is such a classic and beautiful nail art technique! I picked two metallic colors that I thought would show off the shades of glitter in Steampunk and did a half-and-half gradient. My favorite tips for gradients that I find the most helpful is to lightly damp the sponge before applying the polish AND make sure you mix the transition colors to get a smoother movement. I try to overlap a stroke of each color in the middle and sometimes if they're colors that don't naturally mix well - like these two - I will use an orange stick and swirl the transition area together.

The Digit-al Dozen: Loaded Lacquer Steampunk'd Glittery Gradient Nails | Manicurity.com

The Digit-al Dozen: Loaded Lacquer Steampunk'd Glittery Gradient Nails | Manicurity.com

The Polishes

I did two quick coats of Sally Hansen Gunmetal as my base color because it's more sheer than Essie Good as Gold. Then I put both Gunmetal and Good as Gold onto a sponge and sponged onto my nails a few times until it reached the opacity and smooth transition of colors that I was looking for. One dabbled coat of Loaded Lacquer Steampunk and I was all done!! I really liked how quickly the Loaded Lacquer base seemed to dry down so that when I topped my manicure with quick dry top coat I didn't slodge all of the layers all over.

The Digit-al Dozen: Loaded Lacquer Steampunk'd Glittery Gradient Nails | Manicurity.com

The Digit-al Dozen: Loaded Lacquer Steampunk'd Glittery Gradient Nails | Manicurity.com

Don't forget to check out the other designs for today below!


Steampunk is a really beautiful 'neutral glitter' and I really love this manicure! Not very complicated to achieve, but a beautiful nail art look nonetheless :D
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!


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12 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous glitter! It goes so well with this gradient too!

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  2. Gorgeous mani! I love that glitter topper.

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  3. Loving it! The glitter is beautiful!

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  4. This is absolutely gorgeous! The metallic gradient is a great base for Steampunk <3

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  5. I love that glitter! Definitely makes me think of Steam punk, with the coppery color in there!

    -Ariel
    mermaidsnails.blogspot.com

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  6. Love, love, love this! The polishes and glitter really complement each other!

    x Lisa from The BTQ Blog

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  7. Oooh! Ahhh! You know I love this, a lot!

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  8. All those colours together are perfect.

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  9. Loving all that shiny metal toned sparkle glitters!

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  10. awesome topper!
    lovin‘ it!

    Greetz Liselotte from Germany

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