For this design I used a technique that’s been around for awhile but I had not yet tried: the “smoosh” manicure. Here are the colors of Gelish I used:
- black – Black Shadow
- red – Don’t Toy With My Heart (also used on full coverage nails)
- gray – Fashion Week Chic
- nude/neutral – Taupe Model
I did one coat of Taupe Model as the base, cured it, then applied small drops of all the colors in various spots on the nails. Next, I used my Morgan Taylor clear stamper to smoosh the drops around so they blended a little, but not so much that the colors became “muddy”. Finally, I cured the design for 1 minute.
Once the smooshing was done I thought it was a little boring so I stamped on top using a design from the Morgan Taylor Designer Plates Flirty Florals collection. These are some great stamping plates that would do even better with a better stamping polish. (Next time I’ll try using polish from Clear Jelly Stamper.) Check out the macro shot!
This ended up being super easy (and quick) to do, but got a lot of notice. I wore this manicure for over two weeks!
Have you tried the smoosh mani? Let me know how it turned out in the comments!
For this design I used the following Gelish colors:
- Black Shadow – for the tips
- Fashion Week Chic
- Let’s Hit the Bunny Slopes
- Clean Slate – for the base
This is Gelish “Up in the Air-heart” from the Sweetheart Squadron fall collection. I topped it with a marble design of Snow Bunny, Black Shadow, and Chain Reaction, then cured.
After applying one coat of Top It off, I also added Glow in the Dark from the Gelish Trends line, then added another coat of Top It Off. Here’s the final product:
The Glow in the Dark polish worked wonderfully! For the purposes of the photo I had to “charge” the nails (hold them under a light bulb for a minute or so) but, beyond that, they glowed every night with no charging. Sometimes I would wake up in the middle of the night and be a little startled by my glowing nails! And, I had this set of nails for about two weeks with no chipping, as usual.
Have you tried Gelish’s new Glow in the Dark polish? If so, what did you think?
For these nails I used Gelish Black Shadow, and stamped on them with white Konad special stamping polish and Bundle monster stamping plates 311, 401, 409 and 411. On some of the nails I used a 2 coats of Gelish A Pinch of Pepper, although the black glitter is not visible. Finally, to give the nails the “blackboard” look, I used Gelish Matte Top it Off.