Friday, May 11, 2012

A Quattro Mustang Mani

Another week, another black and red manicure to cheer on my favorite U9 boys soccer team!

I got my inspiration for this from Nail Polish Wars blog, she used 4 polishes for this amazing gradient that I loved.  Seriously, check out this blog, she has OUTSTANDING ideas.  I always use her ideas for inspiration.

So the colors I decided to use were 2 coats of HITS Ares - a red holo, then I sponged on of China Glaze Ruby Pumps - red sparkly goodness for the transition, then I painted on the tips in a sort of haphazard way HITS Zeus - a deep gray holo.  Then as she did I topped it with a coat of HITS Hefesto - a silver holo.

I tried sponging on Zeus, but it came out looking very light and so I went with the painting instead.  In hindsight, I should have only done one coat of Ares, because you can't see the transition between that and Ruby Pumps very well under the Hefesto.  I also think I should have stuck with sponging on the Zeus, it shows up darker under Hefesto than it did in person.  

All in all though, I kind of love it!

Final Product (I know, the cuticles, disaster).

2 coats of Ares (pre-clean up).

This is what it looked like before Hefesto came on, you can see the transition much better, I also love the way you can see the shimmer of Ruby Pumps through Zeus.  This may be another future Mustang Mani on its own. 

You can purchase HITS from Llarowe: be sure to check out the sale section because these are on sale quite often.  China Glaze can be found at Ulta and Sally Beauty Supply.

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